Raising Malawi, Inc. is a registered 501 c3 non-profit organization
Many of the photos of Malawi used courtesy of Kristen Ashburn.
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.
Raising Malawi is pleased to announce the launch of a scholarship program for students to attend vocational school in Malawi. The program will launch this fall with scholarships for six outstanding students from Home of Hope Children's Home. Click to read more and see photos of the students.
Last month, the Raising Malawi team visited Malawi to check in with our grantees and meet with the children and families that our programs support. Some highlights include our meetings with Home of Home, which recently hired a new clinical officer and is working on setting up an accredited medical clinic at Home of Hope which will provide medical care to children and families surrounding Home of Hope. We also met with Dr. Eric Borgstein, and worked on plans to build a new pediatric intensive-care unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi.
In April 2013, Madonna, family, friends, and the Raising Malawi team visited Malawi. During our visit, we met with our longstanding partners at Consol Homes and Home of Hope, visited Dr. Eric Borgstein at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre and toured schools that we built with buildOn. We also spent some time simply hanging out with our friends in Malawi, connecting through sports, dance and conversation. Click through to read more and view photos from the trip.
Since 2006, Raising Malawi has remained committed to supporting organizations and individuals who fight tirelessly to help the estimated 1 million orphans, vulnerable children, and their families and communities in Malawi. This support includes providing critical medical care to children through community-based clinics and hospitals.One of the individuals supported by Raising Malawi is Dr. Eric Borgstein (photo above), one of three pediatric surgeons working in Malawi, where there are an estimated 7.5 million children. Working with the staff at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Dr. Borgstein treats thousands of children every year, performing hundreds of life-saving operations.
Press Release - There have been many reports regarding Madonna’s recent visit to Malawi. Some of these reports include inaccurate information and accusations by the Malawian Government on Madonna’s character and the work of her foundation Raising Malawi. Despite the accusations, Madonna and her organization Raising Malawi remains committed to the health and education of the children of Malawi.
5 April 2013 – Madonna concluded her visit to Malawi this week at Consol Homes Orphan Care Center in Namitete. Raising Malawi, a nonprofit organization founded by Madonna, has supported Consol Homes for more than five years, including the recent construction of a power grid that provides electricity at the orphan care center for the first time.
On 5 April, 2013, Madonna will visit Consol Homes Orphan Care center in Namitete, Malawi. Raising Malawi, a nonprofit organization founded by Madonna, has supported Consol Homes for more than five years and has recently funded the construction of a power grid to provide electricity for the children of Consol Homes for their safety and well-being. Madonna is currently in Malawi to visit the programs supported by Raising Malawi.
In January of 2012, buildOn partnered with Raising Malawi to build ten two-classroom schools for rural villages of the Kasungu District of Malawi. Each school was built with a corrugated metal roof and poured concrete floor.The locations for each school were chosen in partnership with the District Education Manager’s Office in the Kasungu District. Each village that was selected had no adequate school structure; priority was given to villages with no school infrastructure at all. Prior to buildOn and Raising Malawi, children in these villages attended classes in either a temporary structure or outside under a tree.
As part of Madonna’s ongoing commitment to support orphans and vulnerable children in poverty stricken Malawi, ten primary schools have been completed that will serve to educate more than 4,800 children. These schools are located in rural villages across Malawi and are a result of the partnership between Madonna, her charity Raising Malawi and the global nonprofit buildOn.
A doctor, a journalist and a banker are some of the diverse careers being pursued by ten talented girls in Mwandama Millennium Village in rural Malawi. For this group of students, the opportunity to continue their education beyond primary school has been a dream come true. Most of the girls are orphans and come from Mwandama’s poorest families, living in an environment where higher education is a luxury unaffordable to most.
We are excited to announce that we are ahead of schedule in building the schools we have committed to build with buildOn. In January 2012, we announced we would build 10 schools in Malawi villages that needed them the most, and we’d do it by summer 2013. We’ve just broken ground on our ninth and tenth schools!
Raising Malawi is pleased to announce its support for secondary school scholarships for girls at the Millenium Village in Mwandama, Malawi in partnership with Millennium Promise and Connect to Learn. As part of our ongoing commitment to education in Malawi, we will support scholarships for 10 girls to attend four years of secondary school.
The construction on the Vigando school, the third school built in partnership with Raising Malawi, was completed on May 31st. The official opening ceremony was held on June 20th. The community contributed 3,882 works days to build the school which was completed 7 days ahead of schedule! Click to see more photos.