Malawi : Madonna's School for Girls finally off the ground

Material Girl comes to Africa - and makes a material difference.

The BBC reports that some two hundred Malawian villagers have accepted a compensation deal which will see them moving off the land purchased by the artist's foundation some time ago. The protesting squatters have accepted a cash settlement figure of US$105,000 and free land elsewhere. Work is now expected to start on the Raising Malawi Girls Academy outside the capital, Lilongwe. The project is estimated to cost US$15 Million. An AFP news agency report indicates that the project will be completed by 2012.

For a country as poor as Malawi a construction project of this scale will have a hugely positive impact on the local community's economy and will build much needed capacity in the Lilongwe building sector. 

Madonna stands out heads and shoulders above the numerous American and European celebs which have ventured into the African landscape to "help the poor and the disadvantaged". Unlike the flash in the pan artistes to which we have become accustomed, Madonna's NPO "Raising Malawi" has lived up to its word, has overcome the cruel development challenges so particular to our continent and continues to back its efforts with increasing enthusiasm and commitment. It is an example worth following and a cause worthy of your support.

Raising Malawi offers the world an interesting and challenging way of helping this poor nation overcome its global isolation and developmental issues; Madonna will match dollar for dollar every contribution made to the organisation. We (the world) have the collective power to turn Malawi into the richest nation in Africa and Madonna into the poorest icon in the world. Do it now: click here.

Listen to Madonna speak about her involvement in Malawi. See Video.

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