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CONGRATULATIONS TO STELLA JENASI (I AM BECAUSE WE ARE UPDATE)

Raising Malawi has supported Stella Jenasi with academic scholarships since she was in primary school. From secondary, school to university, to working as a nurse at Mercy James Centre - Stella is a part of the Raising Malawi family and we are so proud of what she has accomplished and the person she has become.

Stella is originally from Nsanje, southern region of Malawi, and this weekend the Raising Malawi team traveled to Nsanje to celebrate the wedding of Stella and her fiance (now husband) John! It was a traditional ceremony and the white wedding will be in 2019.

Congratulations Stella and John!!

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RAISING MALAWI BRINGS JACARANDA SCHOOL TO LAKE OF STARS

The latest Raising Malawi program, is supporting music and arts (drama, art, poetry, dance) instruction at Jacaranda School for Orphans.

Jacaranda students have long been a part of Raising Malawi, from painting murals in the Mercy James Centre (Tree of Life and Rebel Heart Playroom) to dancing with David Banda at the opening ceremony of Mercy James Centre. Our team is delighted to be expanding the arts programming at for the next generation of young people. A component of the arts support is sponsoring Jacaranda to perform at Lake of Stars (the largest music festival in Malawi) for 7000+ people. Check out the photos below from their performance!

About Jacaranda School

The Jacaranda School for Orphans, located outside of Limbe, Malawi, was founded by Marie Da Silva. The school and its supporting foundation are named after the jacaranda tree, a tree that blossomed outside the hospital window of Marie’s father who died in 1997. To Marie, the jacaranda tree symbolizes life, growth and hope, important symbols for her students, orphans and underprivileged children, for whom she aims to provide a future.
 
In 2002, while working as a nanny in the U.S., Marie learned that the school in her hometown was going to close. Knowing personally the affects of HIV/AIDS on families and children, she urged her mother to let the students gather and learn in their family home using Marie’s financial support from abroad. She wanted to provide the most vulnerable children, children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS, with a quality education and all the supportive services they need to thrive.
 
Marie now lives in Malawi and runs the school, which serves 400+ kids with her husband and Executive Director Luc Deschamps.

Mercy James Centre Update (December)

Mercy James Centre Update (December)

Less than 6 months after opening,  the Mercy James Centre team has

  • Performed 223 surgeries in the new theaters
  • Admitted 41 patients to the ICU
  • Seen 420 patients in the outpatient clinic
  • Admitted 256 patients to the ward

This September, we were also proud to welcome Stella Janasi as a nurse in the Mercy James Centre! Stella was featured in the original IABWA documentary and received scholarship support from Raising Malawi for her academics since then. 

 
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How Madonna is Raising Malawi - PEOPLE Magazine Feature

How Madonna is Raising Malawi - PEOPLE Magazine Feature

For this week’s issue of PEOPLE Magazine, Madonna invited PEOPLE to join her in Malawi on July 11, when she opened the Mercy James Centre for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, the nation’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit. .

“I’m here to save lives,” Madonna of her work in Malawi, which this year Global Financial Magazine ranked as the sixth-poorest country in the world. “I don’t want to be the outsider that comes in. I want to help them help themselves.” 

READ MORE HERE

GRAND OPENING OF MERCY JAMES CENTRE

GRAND OPENING OF MERCY JAMES CENTRE

With a mission to lead the region in paediatric surgical and intensive care, the Mercy James Centre for Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care (MJC) formally opened on July 11, 2017. The opening ceremony was led by His Excellency President Arthur Peter Mutharika and Raising Malawi’s founder, Madonna Ciccone. The event was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Health and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital as well as partners and benefactors from around the world who traveled to Malawi to celebrate the milestone. His Excellency President Arthur Peter Mutharika and Madonna toured the Mercy James Centre, including the three operating theatres and Malawi’s first paediatric intensive care unit, and greeted patients in the 50- bed ward. Called the “pride of Malawi” by His Excellency, the opening ceremony was a celebration of the partnership between Malawi’s Ministry of Health and the global and local partners that made the Mercy James Centre possible. While the ceremonial opening was July 11 – the Mercy James Centre began accepting patients in early July. Since then, MJC’s paediatric surgery team has:

  • Performed 73 surgeries in the new theatres
  • Admitted 13 patients to the ICU
  • Seen 75 patients in the outpatient clinic
  • Admitted 238 patients to the ward
 Mercy James and Madonna at the Opening Ceremony

Mercy James and Madonna at the Opening Ceremony

 Front entrance of the Mercy James Centre 

Front entrance of the Mercy James Centre 

MAY 2017 - FINAL MURALS

MAY 2017 - FINAL MURALS

We are so grateful to all of the talented artist who donated their time and expertise to make sure that the walls of the Mercy James Centre were inviting and that we had a warm, calming environment for children. Check out photo of the final murals and the wonderful muralists below. 

IABWA SPOTLIGHT: STELLA JANASI

IABWA SPOTLIGHT: STELLA JANASI

Raising Malawi first met Stella when she was a teenager. We were amazed by how dedicated she was to continuing her education, despite being orphaned.

Updates from Home of Hope

Updates from Home of Hope

Home of Hope Orphanage is starting the year with more children than ever in its care – 750! Last year, Home of Hope started several new projects to further support children and young adults at the home. Read more.

An Evening of Art, Music and Mischief

An Evening of Art, Music and Mischief

An Evening of Art, Mischief, and Music raised an extraordinary $7.5 million dollars for Raising Malawi on December 2, 2016 in Miami. The event featured a live auction where guests bid on art and experiences, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Madonna perform in a very intimate setting. The event brought together a dynamic group of 450 Raising Malawi supporters, fans, art collectors, and philanthropists to support Raising Malawi and its project to construct Malawi’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit.

An emotional moment from the evening came when Dr. Eric Borgstein, the Head of Pediatric Surgery at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) and long-term Raising Malawi partner, spoke to guests about poverty in Malawi – where the average person lives on less than $2 per day. He explained the challenges of treating children in need of critical surgeries in this environment. His remarks were followed by a video (below) featuring the remarkable work made possible by Raising Malawi’s partnership and support from the guests in the room.

Madonna’s son David Banda also took the stage to talk about the challenges facing his birth country of Malawi and his living conditions when Madonna rescued him from an orphanage at the age of two. Recognizing that he was one of the lucky ones, he asked guests to open their hearts to support his brothers and sisters who remain in Malawi.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit Raising Malawi’s ongoing work in the country, including the organization’s ambitious project to build and help operate Malawi’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit. The new facility, named the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, is set to open in 2017 and will double the number of life-saving surgeries performed on children each year, provide intensive care after critical surgeries, and train specialized Malawian medical staff. In a country with only four pediatric surgeons and where 50% of the population is under the age of 15, this new facility will transform the lives of Malawian children.

1. Madonna performing on chair, Getty Entertainment
2. Madonna posing, Jeff Kravitz
3. David, Madonna, and Dr. Borgstein, Jeff Kravitz
4. David speaking, Jeff Kravitz
5. Madonna performing, Getty Entertainment
6. An Evening of Art, Mischief and Music auction booklets, Getty Entertainment
7. Madonna kneeling during performance, Jeff Kravitz
8. Table at An Evening of Art, Mischief and Music, Getty Entertainment

Enter #MuralsforMalawi

Enter #MuralsforMalawi

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who submitted art or tagged an artist! The first artist selected to paint a mural is Wanderson Pereira from Brazil! We are finalizing our selections and will be announcing the winners throughout the upcoming weeks.

July Malawi Trip

The Raising Malawi team has returned from visiting our project to construct a paediatric surgery and intensive care unit at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH). 

Grassroot Soccer Visits Home of Hope

Grassroot Soccer Visits Home of Hope

In December, Grassroot Soccer (GRS) team visited Home of Hope in December to host a week-long Skillz camp – the third camp of 2015!

December Field Visit

December Field Visit

The Raising Malawi team has returned from a December visit to Malawi! Read the latest updates about our programs!

September Field Visit

September Field Visit

The Raising Malawi team just completed a visit to Malawi to check on our project to build a pediatric surgery and intensive care unit at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, the country’s commercial capital. The facility will include the country’s first pediatric ICU and will more than double the number of surgeries performed on children each year.

New Uniforms at Home of Hope

New Uniforms at Home of Hope

Raising Malawi believes education should be accessible to all children. As a part of our continued support, we recently purchased new uniforms for the students of Home of Hope Orphanage.

Grassroot Soccer at Home of Hope

Grassroot Soccer at Home of Hope

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.

Update on the Vocational Students

Update on the Vocational Students

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.