“I can confirm Madonna is in Malawi on a private visit,” the singer’s publicist Liz Rosenberg said when contacted by Us Weekly. “She is building an orphanage and child care center and is involved in other initiatives geared toward helping children orphaned by Aids thru the Raising Malawi organization. She has not adopted a baby despite reports that she has.”
Earlier today, Reuters reported that the singer adopted a 1-year-old baby boy from the African nation of Malawi. The Associated Press also reports that Madonna is considering adoption.
source : usweekly
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Pop diva Madonna adopted a young boy in Malawi on Wednesday and moved ahead with plans to fund a center for 1,000 orphans, many of whom lost parents to AIDS in the impoverished African nation.
The “Material Girl” and an entourage arrived in the Malawian capital Lilongwe by private plane early on Wednesday and were quickly whisked away to an undisclosed location in a fleet of cars and trucks.
Government officials said the 48-year-old singer, already a mother of two, chose the one-year-old orphan from among 12 children specially chosen prior to her arrival in the country, which has legions of children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic.
“She asked us to identify boys only, which we have done after visiting four orphanages in Lilongwe,” government spokeswoman Adrina Michiela said. Michiela said Madonna had wanted to adopt a girl but changed her mind two weeks ago.
It was unclear whether Madonna, for whom Malawi waived its ban on non-resident adoptions, would leave the country with her adopted baby or whether they would be reunited at a later date.
The trip has stoked high expectations in Malawi, a nation of 13 million people who are dependent on tobacco exports.
Madonna has said she plans to spend at least $3 million on programs to support orphans in Malawi and another $1 million to fund a documentary about the plight of children in the country.
She traveled to Mphandula, a village 20 km (12.5 miles) outside Lilongwe, where she is funding the construction of the Raising Malawi center to feed and educate around 1,000 orphans.
Residents in Mphandula, which has no electricity, were earlier busy rehearsing songs and preparing for her arrival.
Critics have described the project as a publicity stunt that follows in the footsteps of other celebrities, including actress Angelina Jolie, who have taken up causes on the world’s poorest continent.
As part of their studies, orphans at the center will be taught a curriculum based on Spirituality for Kids linked to the Kabbalah school of mysticism to which Madonna adheres.
source : reuters
Blantyre (Malawi), Oct. 4 (AP): Madonna arrived in Malawi today on a humanitarian mission to help orphans and the underprivileged in the impoverished southern African nation.
The pop star and an entourage of 10 people landed on a private plane in the capital, Lilongwe, just after 9 am (1230 hours). The visit had not been announced.
Andrina Mchiela, Secretary to the Minister for Gender and Child Welfare, said Madonna planned to adopt a Malawian child during her visit.
She is also meant to fund six projects to benefit underprivileged children, including setting up an orphanage.
Madonna earlier this year announced plans to raise at least USD 3 million for programmes to support the nearly 1 million children in Malawi who have lost parents to AIDS. Malawi is among the poorest countries in the world, hit by years of drought as well as an AIDS epidemic.
Madonna joins a growing list of stars who have focused their attention on Africa, the world’s poorest continent, including Bono, Angelina Jolie and George Clooney.
source : ap
Pop diva Madonna arrived in Malawi today to adopt an African child and fund an orphan centre for 1000 children, many of whom lost parents to AIDS.
A fleet of cars and trucks specially flown in whisked the star and her entourage to an undisclosed location soon after their private plane landed at Lilongwe.
“She came straight from the plane, greeted the minister (of women and development) in the VIP lounge, then (went) straight to her car,”? said Adrina Michiela, a government spokeswoman.
Madonna’s trip has stoked high expectations in Malawi, an impoverished nation of 13 million people who are dependent on tobacco exports. The country, like others in the region, has been decimated socially and economically by AIDS.
Madonna has said she plans to spend at least $US3 million ($4 million) on programs to support orphans in Malawi and another $US1 million ($1.35 million) to fund a documentary about the plight of children in the country.
source : reuters