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Published on : Thursday, July 28, 2016
Miami International Airport passengers were entertained and inspired by 18 orphaned children from care centers in the Southern African regions of Malawi and Lesotho on July 22. The group performed African and Asian folklore dances and martial arts at MIA and at the July 23 Miami Marlins game before continuing their North American tour in Los Angeles.
Malawi and Lesotho on July 22. The group performed African and Asian folklore dances and martial arts at MIA and at the July 23 Miami Marlins game before continuing their North American tour in Los Angeles.
The children are some of the 900 African orphans who have been rescued from starvation and poverty by Amitofo Care Center (ACC), an international nongovernmental organization founded by Taiwanese Buddhist Monk, Venerable Master Huei-Li. In the last 10 years, ACC has established orphanages and affiliated schools in Namibia, Malawi, Lesotho and Swaziland.
The ACC facilities house and support children in poverty whose parents have a nomadic lifestyle and have left them behind. ACC teaches children under its care their local language, English, Chinese Mandarin and Kung Fu, in an effort to prepare them for adult life. Since 2007, ACC has organized tours for orphans to visit other countries, provide charitable performances, sensitize the world about its cause and solicit support.
The performances at MIA were sponsored by ACC, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan), the Overseas Community Affairs Commission, Republic of China (Taiwan), and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami.
As part of its efforts to secure first-ever nonstop passenger service between Miami and Asia, the airport has: gathered local community and business leaders to form the MIA Asia Task Force, which is supporting the marketing initiative for nonstop Asia service; recently had productive discussions with several Asia carriers, including All Nippon Airways, Atlas Air Worldwide, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines; and welcomed the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Tsai Ing-wen to MIA in June on the first-ever nonstop charter flight from Asia.