Madonna Pressing Ahead With Malawi Schools Plan

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January 30, 2012 | 7:30am EST

Pop superstar Madonna is pressing ahead with plans to build 10 schools in Malawi just months after her charity fell into crisis.
The singer’s Raising Malawi foundation hit headlines last year when proposals to build a girls’ school in the African nation collapsed amid allegations of financial problems.

The project was abandoned and Madonna dissolved the charity’s board of directors, but she has now revealed that plans to build a number of educational institutes in Malawi are going ahead.

Raising Malawi will fund the construction work, but the schools will be run by the local community, according to the Associated Press.

The schools will be developed in conjunction with non-governmental organization buildOn and construction is due to begin in March ahead of a June 2013 completion date.

A statement from Madonna reads, “This remains a very big priority in my life and I am excited that with the help of buildOn we can maintain our ongoing commitment to move forward efficiently… I have learned a great deal over the last few years and feel so much more confident that we can reach our goals to educate children in Malawi, especially young girls, in a much more efficient and practical way.”

Trevor Neilson, who is helping Raising Malawi manage the project, adds, “When the previous management team had those problems, I think a lot of people thought Madonna would give up.”

Madonna has adopted two children from Malawi – a son named David and daughter Mercy.