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Grassroot Soccer at Home of Hope

04.09.2015

HIV and AIDS education for young people is a critical part of global efforts to end the AIDS epidemic. Educating young people empowers them to protect themselves and also helps reduce stigma and discrimination around the issue.

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Update on the Vocational Students

04.09.2015

The vocational students that Raising Malawi is supporting are in their final semester! We are so proud of their progress and the skills they have learned through their apprenticeships.

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Latest Visit to Malawi

03.30.2015

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)!

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Malawi Floods – Raising Malawi’s support

Madonna and Raising Malawi are providing financial support to the US Fund for UNICEF’s efforts to bring essential supplies and shelter to Malawians affected by the floods.

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I Am Because We Are Update

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!

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I Am Because We Are Update

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!

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Interview with Madonna: join me on my journey to change the world

“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.

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Madonna Visits Malawi, Named Goodwill Ambassador for Child Welfare

12.03.2014

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.

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Raising Malawi Scholars Update - October 2014

10.01.2014

The vocational students we are supporting just started their apprenticeships! They are putting the skills they learned in school into action so they will be better prepared for the workforce.

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August 2014 Update

08.11.2014

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.

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Millennium Promise Scholars Update

07.31.2014

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.

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Grassroots Soccer Update

06.10.2014

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.

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Statement from Madonna Regarding Malawi Election

05.24.2014

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

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Updates from Vocational Students

04.16.2014

The vocational students Raising Malawi supports just finished a great quarter at Namitete Technical College. Click to read more and see photos from our students.

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January 2014 Update

01.31.2014

The Raising Malawi team traveled to Malawi in January 2014. During the trip, our team checked in with all of our grantees.

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Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor and Grassroot Soccer Partner Up in Malawi

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.

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Journal Updates from Vocational Scholars

Raising Malawi supports vocational school scholarships for six students from Home of Hope. Click through to read their latest journal entries.

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Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation and Raising Malawi Announce HIV/AIDS Program 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.

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Female Reproductive Health Training at Home of Hope

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.

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Raising Malawi Launches Vocational Scholarship Program

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.

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