Madonna’s Raising Malawi charity is set to break ground on the construction of schools in the impoverished country, which will be run by the local community, not the superstar’s organization.
According to Raising Malawi , work on the first school will start on March 30 in the Kasungu area, about 80 miles from the capital of
“This remains a very big priority in my life and I am excited that with the help of build on we can maintain our ongoing commitment to move forward efficiently,” Madonna said in a statement provided to The Associated Press.
The new plan calls for “simple structures” that will be more practical and better serve Raising Malawi’s original mission, said Trevor Neilson, who is helping to direct the project as partner of the Global Philanthropy Group. The approach will allow the program to serve twice as many children as before, Madonna said.
“I have learned a great deal over the last few years and feel so much more confident that we can reach out goals to educate children in Malawi, especially young girls, in a much more efficient and practical way,” she said. Madonna has adopted two children from
BuildOn has already built more than 50 schools in
“For schools to be successful, they need to have community ownership and leadership,” Neilson said in an interview with The Washington Post on Friday. “Raising
BuildOn has been working in
“It’s absolutely a community-owned school,” she said.
Neilson praised Madonna for sticking with her plan to build schools for
“When the previous management team had those problems, I think a lot of people thought Madonna would give up,” Neilson said “It would have been understandable, but instead she’s going to reaching twice as many kids.”