Madonna Vows to Build 300 Schools in Malawi
Pop icon Madonna has announced that she’s planning to build 300 schools across Malawi. For the past week, the star has been visiting the country, which is the birthplace of her adopted kids Mercy James and David Banda. Her non-profit charity, Raising Malawi, was launched by the star in 2006, with the aim of bringing to an end the hardships faced by Malawi’s 1 million orphans and disadvantaged children.
Her recent trip has seen Madonna and her kids, Mercy, David and Rocco Ritchie, visit a selection of schools and hospitals, meeting kids, teachers and doctors at some of the institutions supported by her organisation. The star announced her plans at a school in the town of Kasungu, which will see Raising Malawi partner with buildOn, telling the gathered children: “Education is the future, the biggest gift I can give you is education.”
Last Friday, Madonna also met Malawian President Peter Mutharika, who praised the singer for her efforts in helping his country, as well as confirming that he was a fan of her music. “My government has always been grateful for the passion Madonna has for this country… especially towards addressing poverty and hardships endured by Malawi's orphans and vulnerable children through her charity Raising Malawi,” he said. “During our discussion, Madonna displayed much commitment in helping to build more classrooms in schools across Malawi."
The singer documented much of her trip through her Instagram account, which saw her posting snaps of her smiling with President Mutharika, as well as son Rocco hanging out with local school kids, and daughter Mercy playing with loom bands with some new friends.