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Monday, 08 April 2013 18:36

PhotoNews: Madonna 's letter to Malawi President Banda

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Madonna visits the Mkoko Primary School, one of the schools her Raising Malawi organization has built jointly with U.S. organization BuildOn, on April 2.  credit: NY Dailynews Madonna visits the Mkoko Primary School, one of the schools her Raising Malawi organization has built jointly with U.S. organization BuildOn, on April 2. credit: NY Dailynews

"Madonna sends Malawi president an error-filled handwritten letter, leaves the country without meeting Joyce Banda. A handwritten note from Madonna to the President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, asking for a meeting. Madonna returned to Malawi in April 2013 for the first time in two years with her four children, including two adopted from the tiny African nation.

 

Madonna initially planned to build a $15 million 500-bed Raising Malawi Academy for girls, before changing plans to help fund several community schools, which led to some controversy in Malawi. She also closed the Malawi office of Raising Malawi and fired staff for misappropriating funds. The country’s education minister, Eunice Kazembe, told the BBC she perceives the change as a slight.

"She promised an academy and we agreed on standards but she just changed her mind on the project without consulting us," Kazembe said. "We'd like them to work with us so that they can be absorbed into the strategy of Malawi's education and that goes not just for Madonna — any group that comes to Malawi to assist us in education."

But in a press statement before she left, Madonna said the project she did complete, which cost about $400,000 to build and benefits approximately 4,000 children, was worth the effort. “I feel very welcome here, and I want to say that my reasons for being here have never changed,” she said. “I’m here because I care deeply about the children of Malawi. That is my main priority.” - NY Dailynews

 

 

 	A handwritten note from Madonna to the President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, asking for a meeting. Madonna returned to Malawi in April 2013 for the first time in two years with her four children, including two adopted from the tiny African nation.

Madonna and her two children David Banda (l) and Mercy James (r) visited schools in Malawi, the country the pop diva adopted them from. Madonna and her two children David Banda (l) and Mercy James (r) visited schools in Malawi, the country the pop diva adopted them from. credit: NY Dailynews

Madonna, flanked by daughter Mercy (l.) and son David, speaks to news media in Namitete, Malawi as Yasinta Chapomba (far l.), Executive Director for Mphandula Childcare Centre, listens on Friday, April 5. The center was built with donations from Madonna's Raising Malawi organization.Madonna, surrounded  by daughter Mercy (l.) and son David, together with Yasinta Chapomba (far l.), Executive Director for Mphandula Childcare Centre. credit: NY Dailynews

Madonna, joined by her children David (r.) and Mercy (l.), waves with kids from the Mkoko Primary School during her visit. 'I’m here because I care deeply about the children of Malawi,' the pop star said.Madonna, joined by her children David (r.) and Mercy (l.), waves with kids from the Mkoko Primary School during her visit. 'I’m here because I care deeply about the children of Malawi,' the pop star said. credit: NY Dailynews

Madonna's daughters Lourdes (l.) and Mercy clap their hands during an April 2 visit to Mkoko Primary School in Kasungu, central Malawi. Madonna's daughters Lourdes (l.) and Mercy clap their hands during an April 2 visit to Mkoko Primary School in Kasungu, central Malawi.

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