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Madonna Breaks Ground in Malawi

Madonna Breaks Ground in Malawi

Madonna plants a Moringa tree at the site of her future academy for girls in a village north of Lilongwe, Malawi on Monday (October 26).

The 51-year-old entertainer was joined by daughter Lourdes, 13, at the ground breaking ceremony and planting of the “miracle tree.”

“Growing up in a privileged life, I took education for granted…but coming to Malawi has taught me a lot of things and (I have) learned to appreciate what life gives,” Madonna said.

“I realized how much they deserve to be educated and so for me the best thing I could do was to build a school, a unique school that will create future female leaders, scientists, lawyers, doctors and if this school is successful it will be used as a model to replicate it in other countries.”

The school will admit 500 girls, ABC News reports, and construction will cost about $15 million.

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  • jody

    Okay, great.
    15 Million for Malawi……….
    What about helping kids that live 50 blocks from your mansion in Manhattan?????
    I just don’t understand.

  • peapo

    What an appropriate outfit to wear to a groundbreaking ceremony for a school in Africa. Great shoes. * said sarcastically*

    I really don’t get Madonna. Oh and she’s really starting to look plasticy!

  • peapo

    And why so many pics of madonna and Lourdes with their mouth open?

    Catching flies?

  • jessalyn

    Hmmm Jody. What i don’t understand is how people get to be so nationalist that they can’t celebrate what a gift this is to Malawi. If you feel inspired to help kids in Manhattan good for you. She’s helping Malawi which in terms of poverty is an entirely different world. It’s very disheartening to read comments like that when we’re talking about a school, in a country with little educational opportunity let alone for girls. How can that possibly be seen as anything other that positive? I’m not a fan of Madonna, but I’m even less of a fan of these bitter comments about which countries deserve the most help.

  • anonymous

    Why is she always copying other celebrities. First Angelina Jolie with the African adoptions, now Oprah with the African school. One would think she is just doing this for publicity and it’s not really coming from her heart. Otherwise, she would have done this long before the other celebrities did.

  • sillyme

    “What about helping kids that live 50 blocks from your mansion in Manhattan?????”

    Even the poorest of poor kids in America are able to get an education in America, and go on to become doctors, lawyers, etc., if they work hard. Not so in parts of Africa, especially for girls. I don’t think most Americans realize how easy they have it. Believe me, poverty here is nothing, compared to poverty in other parts of the world.

  • http://producingmavis.wordpress.com Mavis

    So, Lourdes doesn’t need to go to school, because what? Her mother is Madonna?

  • Sandra

    @sillyme: Well said. In America today, while we may be in a recession , there are still opportunities. And in Africa, kids are dying of starvation and AIDS. Even if Madonna were to be doing this for the good publicity, she’s still helping.

  • ellie’

    I like Madonna always a charity giver.. I’d like to hear them also helping children in our own country who are starving and abused…

  • Madonna

    “My hope is to make 500 trashy man hatin’ boy toy material girls.”

  • martha.newyork

    She’s great! ICON!

  • AutumnM

    @ Jody

    You’re one of these people who give American’s a bad name. No wonder so many think most of us are all ignorant, close minded people. What the heck are you doing to help out in America anyway? Probably nothing. I’m sure Madonna gives to causes in this country, but children in Africa and other poor countries need help more, especially when it comes to education and building schools. Stop being so damn jealous and hateful.

    Madonna is doing a great thing and I believe she’s genuine too. GO MADGE! Bravo

  • ugh

    ugh, for some reason her daughter annoys the f*ck out of me.

  • AutumnM

    Right on #4 and #6! I completely agree. I hate when people make ignorant comments like that poster Jody. Clearly, these countries need help more than we do and I applaud anyone who is willing to lend a helping hand. Nothing negative to be said here.

  • 90210

    I hope this cruel woman leaves America.Go to France!

  • jody

    Fellow Madonna fans,
    I am not saying not to help the people/children of Malawi….
    G-d bless her for that.
    I am just wondering why American children are not on her radar.

  • dundies

    What about helping kids that live 50 blocks from your mansion in Manhattan????

    ——

    LOL

  • Photo Op

    Another photo op – you can tell because she’s all dressed up. I mean, who wears designer clothers, sunglasses, and high heels to shovel dirt and plant a tree??

    Also, I hate to think what this girls school will be teaching.

    Slutology 101
    How to Succeed on Little Talent
    Kaballah
    Sex Education (Using Madonna’s “Sex” book as the texbook)

    She’ll probably make their uniforms consist of cone bra bustiers and red Kaballah strings.

  • Jorden

    So, Lourdes doesn’t need to go to school, because what? Her mother is Madonna?
    ———–

    Home schooled with tutors as well as regular school on occasion, Im sure.

    Anyway, even if Madonna is just doing it for publicity, bottom line, people ARE being helped. She of course, should do it for the right reasons, whether she does or not, we don’t know. And don’t say you do. You are not her. Only she knows the truth.

  • Mike

    The US is one of the richest countries in the world where education is guaranteed for everyone regardless of race, class, or gender. Malawi is the 2nd poorest country in the world. Gain some perspective. She actually does give to charities in the US including those that work with disadvantaged children (like boys’ & girls’ clubs) and help keep them off the streets. She has also helped fund at least two schools (one in LA and one in NY). There are other charities, but she doesn’t send out an ad every time she gives to one.

    She’s setting up a school for 500 girls to help empower them to help their country which is the 2nd poorest country in the world and posters are talking about her outfit…? Seriously?

  • Jorden

    @Photo Op:

    Oh man. lol.

  • Mike

    The kids are on school break for two weeks, but don’t act like you are actually concerned about their well-being… call it what it is- just another opportunity to take a shot at Madonna.

  • Ruthie

    Why is she wearing a cross? What ever happened to Kabbalah?

  • sorella

    Weird shoes to wear to that, but whatev (maybe she thought it was appropriate as the matriarch of the school), I can’t knock her as she is doing something good and that’s better than alot of celebs.

    LOL Lourdes looks so bored, reminds me of my 13 year old niece, you know that she’s all about attitutude and so over her Mom at this age and would rather be somewhere else! And the way Madonna is looking at her, like “c’mon, show some interest”, actually makes her look more human, like a regular mom of a pouty teen LOL.

  • Jayden

    @Ruthie: Kabbalah is not a religion, it’s a school of thought, so you can belong to another religion and still study Kabbalah.

  • flo

    A $15 million dollar Shrine to herself is what I see. The people of Malawi could educate so many more than 500 people with that kind of money, I would rather see the money go for the good of the masses than feed her ego or competition with Oprah and allow only the chosen to attend her temple.

  • the african darkside

    It’s good to help the world’s poor. Especially africa. But i have notice poor americans spend hard earned money creating rich celebrities who spend alot of money either with high end markets orin other countries. No doubt in my mind who are the real problem inthe us econmy

  • the african darkside

    It’s good to help the world’s poor. Especially africa. But i have notice poor americans spend hard earned money creating rich celebrities who spend alot of money either with high end markets or in other countries. No doubt in my mind who are the real problem inthe us econmy

  • Jayden

    If only people would donate $1 for every ignorant comment they make, we would probably help diminish poverty not only in the US, but all over. What’s embarrassing is that these comments are coming from Americans, way to perpetuate the stereotype that we are self-centered. First the WASPs and everyone else is on their own, right? Sad.

    “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” She’s already feeding, educating, and supporting thousands of children and adults with the other programs she has in Malawi. She now wants to set up an academy to develop female leaders in the country where women have little to no opportunity to receive an education. The nerve of people to tell her what to do with her own money while they sit in front of computer doing nothing but criticize.

  • madgical

    The U.S. is the RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. Malawi is the SECOND POOREST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. Does it make sense now why she is helping Malawi instead of the U.S. Don’t disguise your dislike for the woman with utter stupidity. Go Madge, don’t listen to all these idiots. Bless you and your family for caring about an impoverished country no one has even heard of before you came along.

  • christine

    @jody:
    JODY, I CAN SYMPATHIZE & KNOW WHERE YOU’RE COMING FROM.
    NOT JUST AMERICANS, BUT MANY OTHERS FROM THEIR OWN COUNTRIES HAVE SAID THE SAME THING,
    “Y R THESE CELEBRITIES DONATING MILLIONS OF OUR HARD-EARNED MONEY TO OTHERS, WHEN WE NEED HELP HERE IN OUR OWN NEIGHBORHOODS?”
    THAT’S Y I WONT MONETARILY SUPPORT CELEBS ANYMORE.
    THERE R MANY IMMIGRANTS WHO LEFT POVERTY IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES THAT AGREE W/ U & PPL WHO DID NOT, BUT STILL SUFFER & WOULD THANK U FOR NOTICING.
    MAKE YOUR OWN COUNTRY GREAT B4 U TAKE ON OTHERS. THAT IS THE ONLY WAY U WILL FLOURISH.
    5 CELEBITIES CANNOT HELP MILLIONS OF IMPOVERISHED.
    BUT THOUSANDS OF THEIR OWN IMPOVERISHD, AFTER BECOMING STRONGER, CAN HELP THOUSANDS MORE.
    IT HAS A TRICKLE DOWN EFFECT.

    BUT MADONNA LOOKS GREAT HERE AND SHE’S REMINDED ME OF THE WAY SHE WAS IN THE 80s & 90s WHEN I WORSHIPED HER. (I ONLY STOPPED AFTER SHE STARTD SUPPORTING LOONEY BRITNEY SPEARS. THEN I BCAME EMBARASSED 4HER & LOST ALL INTEREST. AND I WAS LATER RIGHT, WHEN SEEING BRITNEY RUINING HER OWN REPUTATION LATR.)

    BUT NOW THAT SPECIAL SOMETHING ABOUT MADONNA IS SHINING THRU AGAIN IN THESE PHOTOS.

  • madgical

    Following Angelina & Oprah? Doing it for publicity? Some expensive publicity, $15 million. Thank God for the Madonnas and the Angelinas and the Oprahs of the world who don’t listen to stupidity and just forge ahead and do what’s right. They SHOULD be followed.

  • ema

    madonna is kind of easy to figure out once you actually think about it. she must always be in the public eye. and so after her tour, she released that video with her daughter in it, after that it was the letterman show, and the gaga appearance, and now it’s the malawi thing, and then it will be something else. this woman i think would stop breathing if she was no longer in the public eye, and this is a true sign of personality disorder. no matter how she gets it, whether positively or negatively, she wants attention, period. her daughter should be in school, not lugged around wherever madonna wants her. that says that madonna’s wishes and needs are more important than her daughters. even though she might be home-schooled for the time being, she needs stability, and being lugged around from continent to continent will inevitably be disruptive…

  • lily

    MADONNA IS THE BEST SELLING FEMALE ARTIST OF ALL TIME
    MADONNA IS HUGE EVERYWHERE.
    MADONNAS LAST ALBUM HARD CANDY IS NO1 IN 30COUNTRIES
    ITS NO1 IN USA ,UK, GERMAN ,FRANCE,JAPAN……
    MARIAH IS NOBODY OUTSIDE USA.
    MARIAHS LAST ALBUM E=MC ONLY IS NO1 IN USA.

  • lily

    Madonna Celebration Album Charts
    Belgium (Flanders) – 2-1
    Belgium (Wallonia) – 7-2
    Czech Republic – 1-
    Denmark – 1-
    Finland – 2-
    France (C) – 1-1
    Germany – 1-1
    Hungary – 2-4
    Ireland – 1-2
    Italy – 1-2
    Japan – 3-
    Mexico – 2-
    Netherlands – 2-2
    New Zealand – 2-3
    Norway – 1-
    Poland – 3-
    Portugal – 2-
    Spain – 2-
    Sweden – 2-
    Switzerland – 3-
    UK – 1-2
    Canada-1
    Europe – 1- 1-1-1

  • lily

    MARIAHS Memoirs global chart trajectory and sales
    Chart Trajectory
    United States: 03-07-10
    Canada: 05-17-26
    Australia: 06-15-28
    France: 10-19
    Italy: 17-19
    Switzerland: 18-32-42
    Europe (Overall): 21-48
    Spain: 23-42
    New Zealand: 25
    Netherlands: 26-35-60-90
    Germany: 27-76
    Denmark: 29-08
    Czech Republic: 32-27
    Hungary: 32-36
    Austria: 39-OUT
    Sweden: 44-OUT
    Belgium (Flanders): 69-44-54
    Mexico: 74-49

  • http://dlisted.com lakers fan in boston

    it rally is a great thing that she’s doing
    im also believe that every1 in the world is entitled 2 an education
    i still f’ing hate her
    lourdes looks cute

  • OIC

    @ema: ALL FOUR KIDS GO TO SCHOOL. THEY ARE CURRENTLY ON VACATION WHICH IS WHY THIS EVENT WAS SCHEDULED AT THIS POINT. THIS SCHOOL HAS BEEN PLANNED FOR NEARLY 2 YEARS.

    She was promoting her album during the Letterman and SNL performances, that’s her job. Compare the amount of promo other artists do and you will see what Madonna did was nearly nothing. Lourdes asked her to be in her video why is that a big deal? It’s obvious you hate her and no matter what she does you’ll find a reason to hate on it. I think the one with the personality disorder is you.

  • mike

    @OIC:

    geez chill out she was just stating her opinion. no need to become a child again, an do the, “NO YOU ARE” bit. you should carry at least a little bit of intelligence and maturity when you get into these conversations. i agree, madonna is a narcissist. period.

  • jack

    fugly

  • OIC

    @mike: You really don’t know her to state your opinion as fact. Similarly, Ema was stating things as facts, which are false, and basing her opinion on that. At least get things straight if you are going to criticize.

  • Mike

    @other mike: You are telling others to act like adults and yet you resort to name calling. If you knew her, treated her personally and had a degree as a mental health professional, then you could classify her as a narcissist and it would be a “fact” but until then it is merely your ill-informed opinion based on whatever public persona is portrayed and not a matter of fact. Period.

  • Ruthie

    @Jayden: That’s great, but she has stated, herself, that she has “joined” Kabbalah, she has fully-immersed herself in it, and she changed her name to reflect this. With great purpose, she distanced herself from Christianity, so why the charade? It’s insulting–in any direction–to wear the icons of a religion you do not believe in or take seriously.

  • Cindy

    Im happy for the kids. Good work Madonna!

  • Old Ho

    So how many African men is she going to bang while she’s there?

  • lila

    Ruthie, Madonna has stated many times that she believes in Jesus Christ. Kabbalah is NOT a religion. It is a philosophy based on Jewish mysticism and the intepretation and teachings of the Old Testament. I have friends who study Kabbalah who still go to Holy Communion. I went to one service with a friend and found that there were more Christians than Jews in attendance. It’s actually a difficult practice cuz it requires a lot of reading and studying. I wanted to join but don’t have time for it.

  • @Lily

    Hey Lily, why don’t you post how Vadge’s “Celebration” album did in the US – the biggest music market? Since you didn’t, I’ll do it for you:

    US Peak Position – #7 (ouch!)
    1st week sales – 72,000 copies (double ouch!)

    Talk about a flop! It’s a good thing those little European countries still like her!

  • *** JAMIE ***

    still looks great

  • OIC

    @@Lily: Little European countries? Are you nuts? She is #1 in ALL of Europe for about 4 weeks now. And she is #1 in the WORLD chart for nearly 3 weeks now. This is only a greatest hits collection, not a new album so her album already pushing the 1 million mark in a short time is very impressive and she hardly did any promo at all. Not a flop at all. If you don’t like her, why do you keep track of her?

  • Sickoftheoldbagandherhags

    Madonna “supporters” huh, yeah, paid for every word by madonna herself, attacking negative comments by real people who don’t like the old witch, screaming about her “accomplishments”. anything to get people to buy a ticket or a CD. Are the salaries for all her personal assistants and private jet also included in the “gift”?

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