By Beth Main.
A group of African orphans are visiting Taiwan to show their thanks to their Taiwanese sponsors by singing, dancing and performing martial arts routines. The annual trip will include eight performances around Taiwan.
The 29 children, aged between five and seventeen from Amitofo Care Centres in Malawi and Lesotho, have also met Foreign Minister David Lin on Monday afternoon. “The children not only represent the future hopes of Africans but also serve as the bridge between Taiwan and Africa,” Lin said.
58-year-old Taiwanese Buddhist Master Hui Li founded the centre in Malawi in 2004 to shelter, care for and educate African orphans later followed by centres in Lesotho and Swaziland. Since their establishment, they have provided care for some 3,000 underprivileged children who live at the centers receiving an education in African and Taiwanese culture including Mandarin, Buddhism and martial arts.
The children showed off their skills by singing in Mandarin and Taiwanese, chanting Buddhist sutra’s, reciting Confucian Analects, performing traditional African dances and Shaolin martial arts for their sponsors.
Not only Taiwan has close ties to Africa, China is also improving relations with the continent after launching the ‘China Daily Africa Weekly’ newspaper in Kenya last Friday.