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Madonna in Malawi to visit projects for AIDS orphans

Madonna in Malawi to visit projects for AIDS orphans

American star Madonna arrived in Malawi on Wednesday to visit projects for AIDS orphans that the singer is funding in this poor country in southern Africa, AFP reports.

American star Madonna arrived in Malawi on Wednesday to visit projects for AIDS orphans that the singer is funding in this poor country in southern Africa, AFP reports.
"Madonna arrived this morning for a private visit to see on the field various programs she funds for underprivileged children," said Andrina Mchiela, a local official.
"She insisted on the very private nature of her visit to Malawi" because "she does not want to draw attention to it, but to focus on the programs she is funding" for AIDS orphans, Mchiela added.
The famous American singer and actress has offered five million dollars for various projects, including the construction of an orphanage in Mchinji, 115 km east of Lilongwe (center), the country's political capital.


Malawi, one of the poorest countries in Africa, is severely affected by AIDS: about 900,000 of the 10 million people are HIV-positive, and about 70,000 adults die annually from this disease, according to official figures.
Two million children in Malawi are considered "vulnerable", of which 1.5 million lost their parents to AIDS, said Andrina Mchiela, who estimates that the situation of these children "has reached a critical point".
She also said Madonna could "adopt" one or two children in Malawi to provide them with "a better life and an education."
Source: Rompres
October 6, 2006