<span style="font-size:10pt;line-height:115%;font-family:'Candara', 'sans-serif';">She is rich and famous that’s why she managed to adopt two children from Malawi even when the country’s laws required prospective parents to live in the country for 18 to 24 months while child welfare authorities assess their suitability. But with Madonna, this was not an issue.
She pledged to feed orphans through Consol Homes [a network orphan centers], but after a while, that too has been abandoned putting the lives of many poor children at risk.
She promised to build a $15 million school for girls, an academy modeled on Oprah Winfrey’s school in South Africa, but she changed her mind.
“ I write to you today to inform you of Madonna’s ongoing commitment to the children of Malawi and Raising Malawi’s plans to partner with the organisation buildOn to construct 10 new schools in the district of Kasungu,” Madonna wrote on her website.
Last week she asked her global fan base to raise money to train a Malawian doctor. The question is, should we really trust her? How about asking how much was raised for the construction of the school she abandoned.
To many Malawians, Madonna is now certified lair. Activists have always remained suspicious of her motives. MacDonald Sembereka fears that Madonna is using money to raise money for herself or moving the goalposts.
“We don’t know if the new plan will be effective because we can’t trust her any more,” he said referring to her decision to build 10 community schools
Undule Mwakasungula, executive director of the Centre for Human Rights Rehabilitation, which challenged Madonna’s adoption of the two children also thinks Madonna is dishonest from the beginning.
“The government gave her land and moved Malawians. It’s now empty. How are we going to make her accountable? Can we believe her? She has not explained why the last one failed. How can we be sure she will do what she promises?”
The Global Philanthropy Group which now manages Raising Malawi on Madonna’s behalf, say that the pop star has spent over $11 million of her own money on Malawian projects in the past six years.
“In 2012, Raising Malawi continues to support several community-based organisations, including orphan care centers and medical clinics across the country,” she said.
Raising Malawi has also promised to install a power grid at Consol Homes orphan care center to bring electricity to that community to benefit children and their families.”