Raising Malawi, Inc. is a registered 501 c3 non-profit organization
Many of the photos of Malawi used courtesy of Kristen Ashburn.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
We need your vote to win. VH1 nominated I Am Because We Are for a Do Something! award.
I have always believed love conquers all - yesterday I got to see it in action. In the last week over 30,000 of you added your name to mine calling for the release of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga - the Malawi couple sentenced to 14 years hard labor for the "crime" of homosexuality. With incredible joy, I am writing to share with you that Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has ordered their release.
I am shocked and saddened by the decision made this week by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison. As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, color, religion, or sexual orientation. This week, Malawi took a giant step backward.