HOW MADONNA IS RAIS­ING MALAWI

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Ac­cord­ing to Global Fi­nance Mag­a­zine, the south­east African na­tion of Malawi is the sixth-poor­est coun­try in the world. Since she launched her Rais­ing Malawi char­ity in 2006, Madonna’s goal for the peo­ple of Malawi has been sim­ple: “I want to help them help them­selves,” she says. The new Mercy James Cen­tre is a pri­mary ex­am­ple of that, as the hos­pi­tal dou­bles as a teach­ing fa­cil­ity. “It will have a huge im­pact,” says Dr Eric Borg­stein, one of only four pae­di­atric sur­geons in the coun­try, who teamed with the star to es­tab­lish the hos­pi­tal. “She is en­gaged on a daily ba­sis in a way that peo­ple who just write cheques are not,” says ad­viser Trevor Neil­son. “There’s no per­son like Madonna who has ever done some­thing as com­plex as she has just done with the hos­pi­tal. She is tough, smart and ex­tremely com­mit­ted to this coun­try.”

The Jacaranda School for Or­phans choir sang for Madonna (with daugh­ter Estere) at the open­ing of the hos­pi­tal on July 11.

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