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Madonna's Malawi school scrapped after millions wasted

Madonna’s plans to open a $15 million school for girls in poverty-stricken Malawi have been scrapped, reportedly wasting $3.8m before the project even started according to an audit. The pop sensation donated $11m to co-found the organisation “Raising Malawi” with co-director of Jewish movement Kabbalah, which Madonna is a famous member of.
 Madonna on a visit to Malawi
 
 
Madonna’s plans to open a $15 million school for girls in poverty-stricken Malawi have been scrapped, reportedly wasting $3.8m before the project even started according to an audit.

The pop sensation donated $11m to co-found the organisation “Raising Malawi” with co-director of Jewish movement Kabbalah, which Madonna is a famous member of.

However the education project was very poorly managed and Madonna recruited a Global Philanthropy specialist Trevor Neilson after the board of directors were dismissed, the New York Times reports.


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"Despite $3.8 million having been spent by the previous management team, the project has not broken ground, there was no title to the land and there was, over all, a startling lack of accountability on the part of the management team in Malawi and the management team in the United States," Neilson said.

He added that his group had not yet been able to find out "exactly what happened to all of that $3.8 million. We have not accounted for all the funds that were used."

World Water Day earlier this week raised awareness for the lack of clean water accessible in the continent and all over the world, and the UN warned about the lack of clean water for increasing urbanisation in Africa.

Last week, charity event Comic Relief raised over £74 million to help people in the UK and Africa to aid children from impoverished countries such as Malawi.



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