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 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.
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.