Through her charity, Raising Malawi, Madonna has committed herself to supporting the most vulnerable and needy children of Malawi, the orphans. Ahead of schedule, Madonna has announced the completion of ten new primary schools in rural villages across Malawi. Six of the schools are already in use and all ten will be up and running by the end of January 2013, initially serving and educating 4,871 children.
Malawi consistently ranks among the world’s 20 least developed countries on the UN’s Human Development Index, and has long been challenged by economic stagnation and lack of access to education. This project is the result of a partnership between Raising Malawi and the global nonprofit buildOn, their tag line says it all, “We are not a charity, we are a movement. buildOn breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education.” Since 1991, buildOn has brought literacy to girls and boys, their parents and their grandparents in developing countries around the world. In the U.S., buildOn’s afterschool service programs mobilize urban teens to improve their communities through intensive community service projects. Internationally, they are changing the world by building schools in the poorest countries. To date, buildOn has constructed 500 schools worldwide, including 73 schools in Malawi alone.
Additionally support is being given to Madonna’s project by the Ministry of Education Office in the Kasungu District, providing both the teachers and curriculum for each school.
“I am overjoyed that my commitment along with buildOn’s to help educate the children of Malawi has come to fruition. In a country where girls have little opportunity for education, it’s additionally inspiring to know that more than half the students attending will be young girls. The fact that more than 4,800 children in Malawi will get to go to school next year is a tremendous step forward for their individual growth and the growth of Malawi,” commented Madonna.
– Mary Purcell
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