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Madonna: Laying The First Brick in Malawi Academy Tomorrow!

Madonna: Laying The First Brick in Malawi Academy Tomorrow!

Madonna shares her thoughts on a blog posted today (April 5) on the official Raising Malawi site.

Here’s what the 51-year-old entertainer had to share:

“On my first visit to Malawi, I was devastated to meet child after child who had been orphaned by AIDS. Having lost my mother at such a young age, I felt a close connection to these children. Their stories had touched my own.

“In a country of 14 million, a staggering one million children have been left alone with the responsibility of raising each other. I returned home knowing the future of Malawi was resting on the shoulders of these orphaned children, and I had to act.

“So it is with tremendous joy that I return to Malawi to lay the first brick in the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls. By educating girls we will rebuild this community and raise this nation.

“Our academy will educate, protect, and empower 450 young girls who are Malawi’s hope for the future. We will stop the brain drain happening in so many African nations—our students will receive an internationally competitive education while incorporating local values.

Click inside to read the rest of Madonna‘s blog post…

“As an artist, I know the transformative power of art. Malawi’s culture will be preserved and passed on through the teaching of music, art, and dance in our academy. Once instilled with pride in their homeland, young women will understand the importance of remaining in Malawi and investing in their own communities.

“I will share not only my own words of encouragement tomorrow at our ceremony, but also encouragement from women and men around the world who believe that the future of Malawi rests squarely on the shoulders of its girls.

“As one Raising Malawi supporter wrote to Malawi’s girls, “You carry the future of your country in your school bags.”

“Having seen the determination in the eyes of these children, I know they have the strength to save Malawi—they just need to be given the tools. I am so grateful for the many people who have partnered with me to provide the resources needed, including Jeffrey Sachs, with whom I am launching a new global initiative to provide access to education for all children on all continents.

“It is with hope for a bright future that I am here. Tomorrow the brick I will lay is not just the bedrock to a school—it is the foundation for our shared future.”

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  • dany

    You gotta love her!

  • http://seriouslyhappytoo.com happy girl

    Good for you Madonna for doing good with YOUR money and YOUR time. There can be no fault found in such good deed but I am sure the haters will find a reason to attack so launch the haters and naysayers and “why not america” ers in 1 – 2 – 3….!!!!! Cause you know they are sooooo busy helping their local orphanages themselves. lol. Ok, launch, here goes…..

  • http://seriouslyhappytoo.com happy girl

    Good for you Madonna for doing good with YOUR money and YOUR time. There can be no fault found in such good deed but I am sure the haters will find a reason to attack so launch the haters and naysayers and “why not america” ers in 1 – 2 – 3….!!!!! Cause you know they are sooooo busy helping their local orphanages themselves. lol. Ok, launch, here goes…..

  • Louise

    Bravo Madonna! I’m glad she keeps taking her children back to see their homeland and she has various projects there to actually make a difference for all the children left behind.

  • Atrium

    LOVE HER

  • Anon

    I’m sure that is why Madonna does so much for Malawi, it is the guilt that she couldn’t take them all. Are you for real, Louise?
    Thanks Madonna for all you do to help children and education.

  • roar

    amazing work.

  • http://denimtights.com Apple

    Good for her! And, I want her hat.

  • Louise

    @Anon: Your misinterpretation makes you look foolish. I said she is helping all those children left behind (I never said by her!) in orphanages. You know, the children without much hope or resources living in institutions or on the streets. She has a lot of projects to help these children.