Madonna’s charity organization, Raising Malawi, has had a rough run over the past year. The organization sought to build schools in the impoverished area, but had some issues with board members who were accused of using charity funds for expenditures that were not charity related.
Then the organization had trouble finding land for the school project. Those troubles appear to be in the past as Raising Malawi gets ready to break ground for 10 new schools.
Originally, the organization set out to build a $15 million school for the young girls of Malawi. Plans changed after the board members were fired after being accused of “extravagant expenditures.” Now the goal of the non-profit is to build 10 new schools with the help of buildOn, a non-governmental organization that is familiar with building schools in the area.
BuildOn has already built 50 schools in Malawi, according to Rolling Stone. The work on Raising Malawi’s schools will begin on March 30th in the Kasungu region. The original school idea was that it would be an all-girls school run by Raising Malawi. The new schools will serve both boys and girls and it will be community run. All 10 schools are expected to be completed by June 2013.
Madonna released a statement to the Associated Press saying, “I have learned a great deal over the last few years and feel so much more confident that we can reach our goals to educate children in Malawi, especially young girls, in a much more efficient and practical way.”
Madonna’s passion for Malawi and making it a better place is undeniable. After all, her two children were adopted from the area.
You can see the super star performer this Sunday as she is headlining this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show.