Madonna disappoints Malawi

2012-03-28 15:13

Blantyre – Malawi’s education minister is complaining after Madonna’s plans to drastically scale back charity efforts here.

While some officials in this impoverished southern African country say changes have taken them by surprise, Madonna’s camp says the government has been informed and involved.

Madonna broke ground for a $15 million (R115 million) academy for girls in Malawi in 2009.

Earlier this year, Madonna’s Raising Malawi foundation announced that instead of building the academy, it will provide $300 000 to develop 10 schools.

Education Minister George Chaponda says: “We haven’t been officially approached.”

But Trevor Neilson, who is helping direct Madonna’s Malawi projects, says such allegations are “absolutely not true”.

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