After some rough patches with her foundation: bad land choices displacing and upsetting local communities, corruption amid the staff hired to do the foundation’s groundwork, abandoning her Girls’ Academy…she has come through, quietly, without much fanfare, and completed building ten schools in Malawi this year. Nearly 5,000 children will now receive their primary education through the schools that exist because of her. The communities where the schools were built (6 months ahead of schedule, by the way) were carefully chosen because they were in need of infrastructure. When you imagine that UNICEF estimates about a quarter of young boys in Malawi, and only about 16% of girls, complete their primary-level educations—due to long distances to travel to the schools and general poverty—building up these particular communities takes on even more significance.
This terrific commitment and accomplishment was achieved as a partnership between Madonna’s Raising Malawi charity (already funding millions of dollars toward the nation’s orphan populations and facilities) and BuildOn.
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