- Aug 4 12:44 PMWe read an article today too, but it was about the uproar over Madonna planning to sing on a cross wearing a crown of thorns in Rome. The Malawi information was rather a short aside tacked on at the end of the article.Cathy----- Original Message -----From: Jennifer WeberSent: Friday, August 04, 2006 11:56 AMSubject: outreach
Madonna to Help Orphans inMalawi
Aug 3, 5:00 PM EST
The Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Madonna is always reinventing herself. In her latest role, she is a humanitarian with an ambitious plan to care for orphans in the AIDS-ravaged African country ofMalawi .
"For the last few years now that I have children and now that I have what I consider to be a better perspective on life I have felt responsible for the children of the world," the 47-year-old pop star tells Time magazine in its issue on newsstands Monday. The singer has two children, a daughter, Lourdes , 9, and a son, Rocco, 5.
"I've been doing bits and bobs about it and I suppose I was looking for a big, big project I could sink my teeth into."
She has found one and it's as about as high-profile as her ongoing "Confessions" world tour.
Madonna plans to raise at least $3 million for programs to support orphans inMalawi , and is giving $1 million to fund a documentary about the plight of children there, Time reports.
The singer, who plans to visit Africa in October, credits her faith in Kabbalah with shifting her priorities.
"One of the main precepts of Kabbalah is that we're put on this Earth to help people," she says. "And your job is to figure out how you can help, and what it is that you can do."
An orphan care center, being built with a goal of feeding and educating about 1,000 children a day, will have programs based on Spirituality for Kids, Kabbalah's children's program, Time says.
That's not all. She has teamed up with developing-world economic leader Jeffrey Sachs on programs to improve the health, agriculture and economy of a village inMalawi , Time says. She's also met with former President Clinton about bringing low-cost medicines to the area.
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