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05 October 2006 :: 17:10:57 pm 32204

Madonna adopts baby from Malawi

Madonna, whose talent has gained her reputation as one of the world‘s wealthiest women, has officially adopted Africa as a cause - and has sealed the endorsement by adopting an African baby boy.
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            Government officials in Malawi said the 48-year-old singer had chosen the one-year-old orphan from among 12 children specially picked prior to her arrival. The landlocked southern African country, rated the 10th poorest in the world, has legions of children orphaned by Aids. 

            Government spokeswoman Adrina Michiela told reporters that “She asked us to identify boys only, which we have done after visiting four orphanages in Lilongwe,” Ms Michiela said Madonna actually wanted to adopt a girl but changes her mind in the last two weeks. 

            The popular £248m artist, arrived at the capital of Lilongwe by private plane yesterday and today she will have to spend time traveling another 30 miles to the village of Mphandula, where she financially support the Raising Malawi centre to feed and educate HIV orphans. 

            Orphans at this centre are taught a curriculum based on Spirituality for Kids, linked to the Kabbalah school of mysticism, of which Madonna is a follower. 

            Mphandula is a village of mud huts with thatched roofs, no mains electricity and only a handful of radios, where few have heard Madonna‘s music. Madonna visit to this village is highly speculated. Many of Mphandula‘s households are headed by children whose parents lost their lives to Aids and raise their children alone. Malawi‘s has population of about 13 million, one million of the children have only one parent. 

            As local tribes rehearsed on the songs to welcome her, the Head of Village said: “We will show her how we in Malawi welcome such visitors who are ready to help.” 

            Madonna plans to spend at least $3m (£1.6m) on programmes to erase out poverty in Malawi and another $1m to support on the documentation of plight of children in the country. She has plan the project with former US president Bill Clinton to see whether they could try to work at bringing low-cost medicines to the region. 

            Madonna get together with the economist Jeffrey Sachs to assist his “millennium village” programme, in which he is looking into changing the fortunes of individual villages. 

            Social Welfare Department told reporters that Madonna was expected to file the adoption papers today. 

            This would be Madonna first visit to Africa. She has long shown interest in assisting the continent to a “better perspective” on life derived from Kabbalah believes that “we‘re put on this earth to help people,” Madonna told Time magazine when she revealed her plans in August. 

            Malawi is a country needing a lot of attention. It has few resources apart from land, and agriculture employs 85% of the working population. HIV/Aids has made a cut down of the adult population. 

            It was uncertain as to whether Madonna would leave the country with her adopted child or block by the Malawi non-resident adoptions rules might have to be reunited later. 

            Few of Celebrity who took up child adoption 

            Mia Farrow became the first big-name proponent of international adoption when she gave a home to a Vietnamese war orphan in the early 70s. The actor has helped raise 10 adoptees, most of whom have severe disabilities. 

            UN goodwill ambassador and beautiful actress Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt adopted four from Cambodia, and one-year-old Zahara, from Ethiopia. 

            Ewan McGregor and his wife Eve Mavrakis adopted a four-year-old girl from Mongolia this year. 

            In January Meg Ryan fostered a baby girl in China.


Malawi is often called the “warm heart of Africa.” because of the warms and friendliness of the people. Malawians typically live with their extended families in huts that are grouped together in villages. A spirit of cooperation prevails as family members share both work and resources.

Malawi has a population of about 10,000,416 (July 1999 est.), with 90% of the population living in the rural areas, and population growth rate of 1.57% (1999 est.).

The Malawi people are of Bantu origin with the ethnic groups including Chewa, Nyanja, Yao, Tumbuka, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, Ngonde, Asian and European.

The Chichewa (Chewa) people forming the largest part of population group and are largely in the central and southern parts of the country.

The Yao people are predominately found around the southern area of Lake Malawi.

Tumbuka are found mainly in the north of the country.

There are very small populations of Asian and European people living mainly in the cities


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