Founded in 2006 by Madonna, Raising Malawi’s mission is to bring an end to the extreme poverty and hardship endured by Malawi's orphans and vulnerable children. Raising Malawi supports community-based organizations that provide these children and their caregivers with critical resources including food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care, and psychosocial support.
“I am proud of the programs we support here to assist orphans and vulnerable children, and look forward to continuing to provide them with the resources they need to thrive.”
Madonna and Raising Malawi support orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi in the areas of health, education, and community development. Raising Malawi has recently expanded upon its long-standing support to the pediatric surgery program at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital by building the country’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit, The Mercy James Centre for Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care. The new facility, which was officially opened by His Excellency President Peter Mutharika and Madonna in July 2017, will double the number of surgeries performed on children and will train the next generation of Malawian health workers specializing in pediatric care. In November 2014, Madonna was named Goodwill Ambassador for Child Welfare by His Excellency President Peter Mutharika.