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Cultivating kungfu masters in Africa

2010/06/10 FOCAC´╝î By QIAN YANFENG (China Daily)

SHANGHAI - For Josephy Mnyanya, a 14-year-old boy from Malawi, Africa, is biologically his homeland but China offers the nutrients for his growth.

The boy, who also has the Chinese name of A Shi, can speak fluent Chinese, recite ancient Chinese poetry and practice perfect Chinese kungfu. He owes his affinity with China to a Chinese Buddhist monk, Hui Li.

Hui Li is well known in Africa as the "Chinese Albert Schweitzer". The original Schweitzer won the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for providing humanitarian care for the orphans of Africa.

Like Schweitzer, who opened a hospital in Africa to take care of the sick and abandoned who had no money or access to health care, Hui Li has been building shelters across the continent for children whose survival is under threat from hunger and disease over the past six years.

The 55-year-old Taiwan man, who is also known as the "African monk" for his dedication to the continent, has made it his lifelong mission to raise funds to build care centers and schools for orphans in as many African countries as possible. The facilities he has built, in countries including Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zimbabwe with generous support from donors in Asia, have so far taken in over 3,000 orphans, many of whom have lost one or both of their parents to AIDS.

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