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Madonna News - April 2013

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“Medical trainees from Malawi College of Medicine. GIRL Power!”

Madonna in Malawi (April 04 2013)

“With Dr. Borgstein, my Hero! Pediatric surgeon at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre. 500 surgeries a year! He saves lives. ThAt’s TALENT!”

Madonna in Malawi (April 04 2013)

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Madonna visits children’s ward in Malawi

Pop diva Madonna, spending her fourth day in the southern African country of Malawi Thursday, picked up ailing children and joked with them when she visited an overcrowded children’s ward in Blantyre, the country’s largest city.

“Muli bwanji? (How are you?)” she greeted them in Malawi’s main language, Chichewa.

Madonna, with her son, Rocco, went to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, which she has been supporting for five years through its chief pediatrician, Dr. Eric Borgstein.

“Eric Borgstein is a hero of mine” said Madonna. “He is doing a wonderful job.”

The ward performs at least 500 surgeries per year on poor children, said Borgstein.

Madonna is the largest individual donor to the hospital and funds programs run by Borgstein that include treating children with cancer, said Trevor Neilson, president of the Global Philanthropy Group that is managing Madonna’s projects in Malawi.

Born and raised in Malawi, Borgstein said he studied medicine at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands before to returning to his home country. Borgstein said he has been working in children’s health for 15 years, treating up to 40 patients daily. Malawi has only three pediatric surgeons, said Borgstein.

He is currently a partner of Raising Malawi, the non-profit organization Madonna co-founded with Michael Berg in 2006 to help Malawian children.

Later Thursday Madonna was scheduled to meet with United States Ambassador to Malawi Jeanine Jackson.

On Friday, Madonna and her travelling party are scheduled to visit Consol Homes Orphan Care Centre, 50 kilometres (31 miles) outside the capital, Lilongwe, where Kaballah teachings are practiced, according to a media advisory sent by her management consultants, Global Philanthropy.

AP

Madonna selling Leger painting at NYC auction to support educating girls in Afghanistan

A Fernand Leger painting from Madonna’s personal collection will be auctioned at Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates on May 7th. Proceeds from the sale of Fernand Léger’s Trois femmes à la table rouge, which is estimated at $5/7 million, will benefit the Ray of Light Foundation to support girls’ education projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries. “I cannot accept a world where women or girls are wounded, shot or killed for either going to school or teaching in girls’ schools. We don’t have time to be complacent. I want to trade something valuable for something invaluable – Educating Girls! Knowledge is power. Let’s change the world!” commented Madonna.

For more information about the Ray of Light Foundation, visit www.therayoflightfoundation.org

Three Women at the Red Table by Fernand Leger

Hundreds serenade Madonna as she inaugurates Malawi school project

Schoolchildren joined by hundreds of villagers danced around pop diva Madonna and serenaded her with praise songs on Tuesday as she inspected school blocks she helped to construct in the central Kasungu district.

“Zikomo! (Thank you!)” said the singer as the Malawians people danced around her at Nkoko Primary School where she worked with the non-profit organization, BuildOn, to build classrooms.

Madonna initially planned to build a $15 million 500-bed Raising Malawi Academy for girls, before changing plans to help fund several community schools to benefit more Malawians. She arrived in Malawi Monday to tour the 10 school wings she has helped to build.

“I love Malawi, I am committed to help end poverty here,” she said.

Madonna is the “biggest global philanthropist” Malawi has ever had, said Trevor Neilson, president of the Global Philanthropy Group that is managing the pop star’s projects in Malawi. She is exploring more projects she can work on in Malawi, said Neilson.

Madonna’s efforts have provided new classrooms for more than 4,000 children who previously were learning under trees.

“Madonna is happy that the communities are appreciating her efforts,” he said.

Madonna has been joined on her tour by her two adopted Malawian children, David Banda and Mercy James, both now eight.

AP

Instagram: Madonna in Malawi

“With a Woman from Nijiti Village in Malawi where we have built 10 schools with Build On! Equal attendance Girls and Boys! YEAH!”

Madonna in Malawi

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Madonna opens school project in Malawi

Pop diva Madonna has opened new school classrooms she funded in Malawi.
Schoolchildren serenaded her Tuesday with praise songs as she inspected school blocks she paid for in the central Kasungu district. People danced around her at Nkoko Primary School where she worked with the non-profit organization, BuildOn, to build classrooms.
Madonna initially planned to build a $15 million 500-bed Raising Malawi Academy for girls, before changing plans to help fund several community schools to benefit more Malawians. She arrived in Malawi Monday to tour the 10 school wings she has helped to build.
Madonna has been joined on her tour by her two adopted Malawian children, David Banda and Mercy James, both now eight.

AP

Madonna touches down in Malawi

Local residents say that U.S. pop diva Madonna has arrived in Malawi for an unannounced visit.
An aviation department worker said Madonna’s jet landed at the Kamuzu International Airport in the country’s capital, Lilongwe, early Monday. It was not clear if she came with her children. The aviation worker spoke on condition of anonymity because he did not have permission to speak to the press.
The singer has previously stayed at the exclusive Kumbali Lodge in Lilongwe, and an employee there says all other guests were checked out. The employee spoke on condition of anonymity because he didn’t have permission to speak to the press on the matter.
Madonna adopted two children from Malawi. She promised the court she would bring her adopted children twice “every two or three years.”

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