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Madonna's Malawai Plea

Madonna's Malawai Plea

Madonna dines at Scott’s Restaurant in London on Wednesday with designer Stella McCartney and hubby Alasdhair Willis. She recently posted this message on the RaisingMalawai.org:

“From the moment I began my work on behalf of Malawi’s ONE MILLION orphans, people have asked, “Why did you choose Malawi?” I always answer, “I didn’t. Malawi chose me.” Malawi is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Unfortunately, it is also one of the poorest – suffering from famine, drought, extreme poverty, and deadly diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. All of which could be treated with proper health care and education, if it were available.

Through the Raising Malawi: Orphan Care Initiative, Michel Berg and I have committed to doing all that we can to help this small country in desperate need.

We have met with world experts in healthcare, economics, education, and international development – leaders like Dr. Jeffrey Sachs and Dr. Paul Farmer, who have given a voice to the most underprivileged sectors of society. Together we are working to raise the quality of life for a generation of orphaned and vulnerable children.

Now I’m asking you to join us.

With one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the world and one of the lowest rankings in the Human Poverty Index, Malawi and her children are at the heart of the humanitarian crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. The challenges facing these children are unimaginable. Everyday in Malawi hundreds of children die from preventable illness, thousands are affected by abuse and neglect, and millions face a lonely struggle for survival without parents, or adult supervision. At Raising Malawi, we believe in turning these challenges into stepping stones.

Malawi is country with incredible promise. Malawians possess resiliency and great spirit. If we give them a chance to achieve lasting sustainability through smart solutions and the proper support, we will in fact raise Malawi. No matter who you are or where you are, you can join this cause and get involved. Volunteers of all ages and from every corner of the world are needed.

Donations, no matter how large or small, can make a big difference: from buying a bed net to helping build a school or a clinic. Every little bit helps.

I urge you to please support Raising Malawi and remember: by committing a little bit of your time, talent, or treasures to these extraordinary children, you will help to save a life.”

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  • madd

    first!

  • http://myspace.com/sexyness_tm cristina

    madonna can really be a bitch but she can also be such an angel

  • PUT IT AWAY

    SHE LOOKS REALLY SCARY

  • madonnasmymuse

    Madonna is a genius – with a huge brain & heart. And so much talent and creativity running through her veins.
    Beautiful message for Raising Malawi!
    And sweet to see her out with an old friend ; )

  • the_original_nika

    madonna should use her starpower to try and help the children in USA who are starving, out in the cold, no place to sleep. Or the thousands of domestic animals who certain S.O.B just dump on the streets. start there..

  • esj3515

    the_original_nika-

    Why don’t you just help the children in USA?

  • Kayla

    Wow she looks scary.

    And I don’t think it’s fair to criticize her for helping another country out. The US is not the most important country in the world with the most important citizens of the world, contrary to popular belief.

  • wanj

    the_original_nika—–

    Children whether americans, africans, asian or whatever deserve better. Do your part in helping and stop bashing someone who’s doing a small part in making the world a better place.
    What have you done lately for a disadvantaged person????

  • Bae

    what does it matter what kind of children she helps? I dont see you out there donating that much time or $$ to anyone..

    on a side note I havent seen her looking that hot in a long time.. Dinner with Tom Ford and Stella M must be interesting.. but i guess you could say that about Madonna too

  • the_original_nika

    Oh #6 if I were there I would =\.
    #8 are you crazy? I’m not bashing wtf wake up, I was just saying my opinion. And I´ve done my part..
    god you people are unbelievable.

  • laurie

    How can you compare the poor in the US with the poor in Africa. The US is the richest country in the world while Malawi is one of the poorest. And for those who will say that Madonna is just doing this for publicity, this open letter was posted in her Raiwing Malawi website and was not distributed to the press. She has done a lot already for this country and only wants to invite those who have extra to spare to help out in any way they can. There is nothing to criticize here. For those who want to help, help. No one is forcing anyone so please no vicious comments.

  • jara

    She is one fugly woman. OMG she is ugly beyond her years. WTF? And I am ok with her helping Africa, but I hate her fake british accent and how her kids are too precious to watch TV, but she goes on TV and maked out with Britney a few years ago, and was old enough to be her mother, and her little kids could not watch it, but she does that for other kids. Very hypocritical.

  • Rogue

    UMMMM….NOT INTERESTING

    http://www.spymac.com/details/?2298233

  • dita

    She’s beautiful and she really cares of Malawi. More people should do things like her.
    And yes she’s got a british accent but she lives in London and Guy is english so it’s normal…

  • Kristy

    I really can’t stand it when a celebirty does something good for another country and people complain about them not doing something for an American charity instead. That being said, America is the richest country in the world but its human development index isn’t that high (for such a rich nation) and income equality is high – this is why there are kids on the streets – but I think if a celebrity was ever to talk about this they would be accused of ‘America bashing’.

    Think about it, if a celeb tries to bring attention to a problem in the US, people say ‘why aren’t you concerned with nations facing problems a lot worse?’ If they bring attention to issues overseas people say ‘why aren’t doing anything about the problems in your own nation?’

    It seems to be a lose-lose. We should just encourage those who do good, rather than try and find fault with a charitable act.

  • baba

    Pouet Pouet

  • Katerina

    I thought it was spelt Malawi or is it Malawai? I am confused…

  • http://madonnawayoflife.skyrock.com R@ph

    She looks great as usual!

  • the_original_nika

    Kristy, thats what I´ve trying to say =\.

  • Iris

    Is Stella pregnant again?

  • justin

    She looks awesome, and how the hell can ANYONE deny that what she is doing is wrong, or not helpful. Please people…get a grip.

  • fat roberta

    come on she’s not ugly, maybe a little scary. even that is due to her enability to put her mascara correctly! her skin is beautiful and flawless (except the wrinkles, but that’s normal) though quite greasy, gross!

  • fat roberta

    stella always looks pregnant!

  • http://musiceater.blogbus.com Cain

    I’m a big fan but not really of that hair…it’s weird that M wears a kid’s hairstyle.

  • Mr History

    I like Madonna telling me what to do with my money. If I gave my whole salary every year to Malawians it would not be equal to her giving up 0.000000000001 percent of her wealth.

    Some would say, why then does Madonna not just give up her entire estate to Malawi today, this very hour, move to a small, easy to maintain trailer herself, and stop asking people with 0 compared to her to give up their money.

    To those people I say “Stop it. She is a celebrity and therfore has the right to tell me what to do with my small salary”. She is a rich white woman and is bountiful in the same way that nineteenth century missionaries were bountiful taking their learning and beliefs to Africa. Let her continue in all her good works.

  • stefanie

    I ranted about this sinful, hypocritical wench on another website so I won’t bore you with it. All I want to say is all these “good deeds” she is trying to push down our throats will not save her soul. The Malawi don’t give a *&$#( about her…only what money she can get for their corrupt government.

    And don’t think that alot of that money is going directly to Kabbalah. Her orphanages are planning on teaching these AFRICAN children this false Jewish faith created by a 13th century heretic. The Bible warns us of false religions and false people.

    Madonna is false.

  • deni

    Madonna is a legend, she’s the one. I consider her like the most respectable woman in the world. She’s an example for everyone.

  • stefano

    Madonna è mitica, tutto ciò che fa, sia nel mondo dello spettacolo che in campo umanitario, è fantastico. Credo che una leggenda come lei debba avere la stima di tutti noi, indipendentemente dai gusti musicali che ognuno ha.

  • charlestone

    Welcome back Madonna!

  • Daniel

    I need a raising organization for me.
    Between she is gourgeus!

  • Naima

    Sorry but I would buy this had she not begun her numerous projects to “spread the word of kaballah” in Malawi. How dare you in the name of charity try to force your twisted beliefs onto a nation of people who are in serious need of economic help. She is sick and anything that she does has an agenda attached to it. I’m an Afrikan woman and I am completely disgusted with her adoption of a native child who she converted to a jew and her even sicker attempt to convert others in the country by building kaballah centers. How does this help anyone, maybe she should focus on her husband who’s in serious need of charity since she completely ruined his career. Screw her, we do not need her on our continent, we have enough diseases, we don’t need madonna.

  • stefanie

    31 Naima : 11/08/2007 at 1:39 pm
    Sorry but I would buy this had she not begun her numerous projects to “spread the word of kaballah” in Malawi. How dare you in the name of charity try to force your twisted beliefs onto a nation of people who are in serious need of economic help. She is sick and anything that she does has an agenda attached to it. I’m an Afrikan woman and I am completely disgusted with her adoption of a native child who she converted to a jew and her even sicker attempt to convert others in the country by building kaballah centers. How does this help anyone, maybe she should focus on her husband who’s in serious need of charity since she completely ruined his career. Screw her, we do not need her on our continent, we have enough diseases, we don’t need madonna.

    ************************************************************

    Naima- Thank you so much for this post.
    I wish more people, especially Africans, stand up to these celebrities who are using Africa to promote their careers. Like Madonna, so many of them are shallow.

    And even worse, they are condescending to the African people, treating them like dumb children who can’t care for themselves without help from the white man. Madonna’s promotion of Kabbalah is no different from Christian and Islamic Missionaries…except those faiths are real and not a mystic bastardization of an ancient faith. She’s not doing it for them, she doing it to make her look good to the Kabbalah cabal.

    I wish more Africans would speak up about Africa and her people being exploited, yet again.

  • Iris

    Stephanie and Naima, clearly you haven’t read properly because Kaballah is not mentioned once in her plea.

    Are you suggesting that the world turn their backs on the economic and social crisis occuring in parts of Africa and other parts of the globe? Do you really have a problem with people of other nations adopting orphaned African children and giving them a chance at education and life? Did you also speak up like this about Angelina’s adaption and Mia Farrow, Hugh Jackman and countless of other people who have adopted African children and assimilated them into their own cultures and belief systems? Do you not think that causes such as the genocide in Darfur are the responsibility of citizens of the world not just the people of that continent? Think carefully.

    It is evident to me that your issue is that you just plainly hate Madonna when you say “How does this help anyone, maybe she should focus on her husband who’s in serious need of charity since she completely ruined his career. Screw her, we do not need her on our continent, we have enough diseases, we don’t need madonna” as this comment is just bichy and transparent.

  • tap dancing toni

    Hugh Jackman has not adopted a boy from Africa. His son is American born with dark skin because his heritage is African American.

  • Kristy

    Is she really building Kaballah centres over there? Can’t she build medical centres instead. I never liked Madonna and then this post gave me a newfound respect for her but I can’t stand people that try and force their religious beliefs down other people throats. Religion causes so many problems in the world.

    I really didn’t like the comment that said celebrities use Africa to promote their careers and are “condescending to the African people, treating them like dumb children who can’t care for themselves without help from the white man”. Um, I don’t know if u live in a box or whatever but a lot of people in Africa cannot feed their themselves or their children and do need help from the international community. This is because they are not born with the priviledges that people in developed countries are so they do not have the tools for economic development, it’s also due to exploitation of Africa by richer nations (which we never hear about).

    I don’t think that people in poverty need to be ‘cared for’ they can do that themselves if they are given the tools they need(just like everybody else).

  • UK MAN

    Listen carefully oh dumb yanks she does not have a british accent! Ok maybe her vovels are a bit longer than most yanks or maybe theres the odd expression or something, I can’t hear it myself she always speaks with a straight american drawl whenever I hear her, but that is a very long way from being an accent.