Raising Malawi, Inc. is a registered 501 c3 non-profit organization
Many of the photos of Malawi used courtesy of Kristen Ashburn.
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.
Our first school with buildOn is up and running in Kabila with 142 students set to attend the school.
One month ago today, in the village of Kankhumbwa, buildOn broke ground on the first school constructed in partnership with Raising Malawi and Malawi’s Ministry of Education. The two-room school will provide access to education for more than 100 children in the Kasungu District of Malawi. Malawi’s Ministry of Education had identified the school as number one on its list of neediest villages in Kasungu District. The location for the school was chosen because of the state of the existing school infrastructure as well as the deep commitment to education from the community.
Madonna has not forgotten her commitment to help the children of Malawi and announced today plans to build ten new schools in Malawi with buildOn, a deeply respected non-profit organization that has an unparalleled track record of school construction in Malawi. buildOn has already built 54 primary schools in Malawi and with Madonna's commitment will greatly expand their work.
School Attendance Matters (S.A.M.) is a project started by Samantha Byrnes-Mandelbaum after she visited Malawi with her family. The project provides supplies (sanitary napkins and underwear) and to help provide young women with the support they need to stay in school.
"I am deeply concerned about the violence today in Malawi, especially the devastating impact on Malawi's children. Malawi must find a peaceful solution to these problems that allows donors to have confidence that their money will be used efficiently."