Raising Malawi, Inc. is a registered 501 c3 non-profit organization
Many of the photos of Malawi used courtesy of Kristen Ashburn.
The Raising Malawi team completed a week-long trip to Malawi this March. On the agenda: moving forward with Malawi’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit. Earlier this year, Raising Malawi selected an architect and completed the building designs, so during this trip we met with the Ministry of Health to sign a formal memorandum of understanding and selected a construction firm. Raising Malawi is thrilled to break ground on construction of the pediatric surgery unit next month (stay tuned for updates on construction progress)!
In 2008, Madonna embarked on a journey to document the experiences of orphans in Malawi, where an estimated one million children had lost parents to HIV/AIDS. I Am Because We Are (IABWA) shared the story of eight orphans, their challenges with adjusting to life without parents, and dreams for the future. Since the conclusion of the film, Raising Malawi has provided critical educational and medical support for these children and their families. During her November trip to Malawi, Madonna paid a visit to the IABWA children. Here’s an update on a few of the children!
“My commitment has never wavered. And here we are about to embark on our biggest project yet with the pediatric surgeryproject at Queen Elizabeth Hospital,” explained Madonna.
Madonna, who just completed a visit to Malawi, has been appointed the Goodwill Ambassador for Child Welfare by the country's President Peter Mutharika. Click through to read more and see photos from her trip.
The Raising Malawi team just returned from a successful trip to Malawi. The team visited with various grantees, including the children receiving academic scholarships from Raising Malawi and the vocational students who have just finished a successful first year and will be starting their apprenticeships this fall.
Our 10 Connect to Learn Scholars in Mwandama just finished their second year of secondary school! They took their exams this summer and are looking forward to attending senior secondary school in the fall. During the 2013/14 school year, we provided school supplies, bicycles and mentorship services, as well as organized community meetings to ensure the success of our scholars. We also provided computer training to the girls’ teachers so they would be better equipped to teach their students.
Grassroot Soccer (GRS) uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV. In April, GRS ran its five-day SKILLZ Holiday program with 62 students and seven teachers at Home of Hope (HOH). The program combines HIV prevention activities, soccer and group discussions to raise knowledge about HIV. Everyone had a great time at the camp and learned a lot about HIV prevention and healthy lifestyles.
I am so sad to see that because of the actions of their President Malawians will continue to suffer. In my philanthropic work I have seen the depths of corruption in Malawi’s government. I can only hope that change will come, Malawians deserve so much better
Soccer and HIV education may not seem to be a natural fit but Grassroot Soccer (GRS) has proven them to be powerful pairing. So powerful, in fact that The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) and Madonna’s charitable organization Raising Malawi have partnered up to expand GRS’s reach in Malawi.
The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) is pleased to announce a number of initiatives that build on Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy and passionate commitment to raise awareness and find a cure for HIV/AIDS. In Malawi, ETAF has partnered with Madonna’s charitable organization Raising Malawi to bring the HIV/AIDS prevention and testing program Grassroot Soccer (GRS) into the communities where Raising Malawi recently built ten schools. The program will also include Raising Malawi’s partners in the Mulanje region, one of the highest HIV infection areas in the country.
More than 90 girls at Home of Hope orphanage attended a training in September about female reproductive health. The training was organized by Raising Malawi and led by Peace Corps Volunteers. The girls learned about several important topics, including reproductive health, self-confidence, HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence. By the end of the training, many of the girls’ opinions had changed as they learned the best ways to take care of their health and well-being.