Madonna-backed group ends plans for Malawi school

2011-03-25 08:46

Los Angeles – A charitable group backed by pop star Madonna has scrapped its plan to build a school for impoverished girls in Malawi due to mismanagement, the New York Times reported yesterday.

The organisation, Raising Malawi, has ousted its board of directors and replaced its members with a new set of officials that includes Madonna and her manager, the Times reported.

“A thoughtful decision has been made to discontinue plans for the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, as it was originally conceived,’’ Michael Berg, co-founder of Raising Malawi, said yesterday in an email to the centre’s members who had contributed to the project, according to the Times.

Berg, a co-director of the spiritual and educational organization Kabbalah Centre International in Los Angeles, could not be reached for comment last night.

The Times said the effort to build the Malawi school had collapsed after spending $3.8 million on the project and its executive director left in October amid criticism of his management style and cost overruns.

Madonna lent $11 million (R75.6 million) of her money to the organisation. She has been a frequent visitor to Malawi and has adopted two children from the country.

Yesterday, the singer issued a statement to the Times saying she was still intent on working with Raising Malawi.

“There’s a real education crisis in Malawi,’’ she said in the statement given to the Times. “67% of girls don’t go to secondary school, and this is simply unacceptable.’’

A spokesperson for Madonna could not be reached last night.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.