Madonna is back in Malawi, but before you start rolling your eyes and the critics come out of the wood work, consider this: she’s building a $15-million school for girls!
Madonna takes heat every time she steps foot into Malawi — the African country where she adopted her two children, David and Mercy — but now that she’s returned for a charity tour April 5-6, haters need to stop tearing her apart and consider all the good she’s done for one of least developed countries in the world.
Seriously people? Madonna has given MILLIONS to Malawi. She’s even donating a $15-million school, Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, which she wrote about in a blog post on the Huffington Post April 5, explaining, “Our academy will educate, protect, and empower 450 young girls who are Malawi’s hope for the future. We will stop the brain drain happening in so many African nations — our students will receive an internationally competitive education while incorporating local values.”
Describing the more than one million orphans in Malawi, Madonna says she also lost her mom at a young age and feels a kinship with them. Her goal is to give these poverty stricken girls the tools they need to not only survive, but thrive. “Once instilled with pride in their homeland, young women will understand the importance of remaining in Malawi and investing in their own communities,” she wrote.
With her biological daughter, 13-year-old Lourdes, and her 5-year-old adopted daughter Mercy in tow, Madonna kicked off the construction of her new school April 6, laying down the first brick, which read: “Dare to Dream.”
How can we fault this woman who’s donated so much personal time, money and love to those in need?
Critics have bashed the humanitarian for ‘stealing’ her adopted children — David, 4, and Mercy — from their native families, but their quality of living would NEVER have been as good had Madonna not taken them under her wing. They have GREAT lives now. In fact, I’d like Madonna to adopt ME!
While we’re on the topic — why is it that fellow humanitarian Angelina Jolie gets heralded as a saint every time she adopts another kid (she has three adopted kids now!), but Madge gets attacked? Seems pretty unfair if you ask me.
So lay off, people. You should never judge a book by its cover.
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