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Press Release: Madonna visits Malawi, is committed to supporting orphans and vulnerable children

04.05.2013

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.

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MEDIA ADVISORY - Madonna Visits Consol Homes Orphan Care Center 5th April 2013

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.

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Statement from buildOn on Schools Constructed in Partnership with 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.

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Madonna Announces Completion of 10 Schools in Malawi in Partnership with buildOn

12.27.2012

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.

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Young Girls in Malawi Get Chance at Secondary Education

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.

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Ground broken on all 10 Raising Malawi Schools with buildOn!

10.25.2012

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!

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Raising Malawi makes grant to Millenium Promise for the Connect to Learn Scholarship Program

07.09.2012

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.

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Our third school in partnership with buildOn is complete!

06.25.2012

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.

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Photo: First Raising Malawi School Completed in Kabila!

05.24.2012

Our first school with buildOn is up and running in Kabila with 142 students set to attend the school.

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Photo Update from Malawi

03.21.2012

The walls are up for our first Raising Malawi school with buildOn in Kasungu - next up will be roof sheeting. Check out the photo of our progress!

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buildOn breaks ground on first school in partnership with Raising Malawi & Ministry of Education

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.

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Madonna honors commitment to help children of Malawi

01.30.2012

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.

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S.A.M. Project

10.12.2011

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.

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Statement From Madonna on Situation in Malawi

07.20.2011

"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."

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Statement on Raising Malawi

Global Philanthropy Group was retained by the board of directors of Raising Malawi in November of 2010 to help the organization design a new strategy and structure a new approach to the organizations work.

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Statement from Madonna

Madonna, whose Raising Malawi charity has made substantial inroads helping over a million children orphaned from the AIDS epidemic in that African nation, is stepping up the pace considerably on all fronts — especially in regard to her plans for building the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls.

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Raising Malawi Joins with Partners In Health to Fight HIV / AIDS

To date, a majority of the response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic has focused on treating women and children. Concentrating medical care on this vulnerable population is a smart, effective policy that will prove crucial to stopping the spread of the virus. However, these programs often fail to reach sex workers, a high-risk population that must be engaged if we are to have any hope of containing the spread of the virus.

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I Cannot Think of a Better Birthday Gift

My birthday this week was such a blessing for me. I was surrounded by dear friends, my loving family, and by you. The notes I received from the Raising Malawi family were simply beautiful—both in their kindness and their concern for the children of Malawi. Thank you for making my birthday so special.

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Join Us in Wishing Madonna a Happy Birthday

Today is Madonna's birthday. Her dedication to the 2 million orphaned and vulnerable children of Malawi has inspired so many of us. So this year, for her birthday, we wanted to honor her by saying, "Thank you."

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Q&A from the Gumulira Millennium Village in Malawi

Raising Malawi recently conducted the following interview with a Millennium Promise site leader on the ground in Gumulira, a Millennium Village supported by our foundation. Since the program first started in 2006, the progress has been truly staggering.

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