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07 October 2006 :: 18:10:36 pm 32179

Madonna Again Visits Malawi Orphanages

Madonna visited an orphanage near Malawi‘s capital on Friday, October 6, 2006 , and a government official said she still believed the pop star intended to adopt a child in the country although no papers had been filed yet.
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Shortly after Madonna’s arrival in the impoverished southern African country Wednesday, government officials said she planned to adopt an orphaned boy. But by Friday, there was still no confirmation. Madonna’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, has denied any knowledge that the pop star was to adopt a baby. 

            Madonna made a secretive visit Friday to the Chezi Orphan Care Center near the capital, Lilongwe, the Mines, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Henry Chimunthu Banda said. The Catholic-run orphanage in a rural area has a nursery, a school and a clinic and is well known in the region. 

            She had been scheduled to meet Friday with Banda the top government official in the absence of President Bingu wa Mutharika, who is out of the country. But Banda said Madonna had been “caught up” due to her visit to the orphanage and their meeting had been postponed. 

            On Thursday, Madonna visited another orphanage near Malawi’s commercial capital of Blantyre where she was greeted by a crowd of singing orphans. Orphanage officials said her husband Guy Ritchie accompanied her and filmed the children who received copies of her children’s book, “The English Roses.”

Andrina Mchiela, a senior official with Malawi’s Ministry for Gender and Child Welfare, said Friday that no adoption papers had been filed yet, even though Madonna had voiced her intention to adopt a child.

“As far as we are concerned, her plans remain unchanged,” she said.

Madonna and Ritchie have a son, Rocco, 5, and she also has a daughter, Lourdes, 9.Madonna joins a growing list of entertainer-activists who have focused on aiding Africa.

Madonna recently launched a new project called Raising Malawi, which aims to set up an orphan care center to provide food, education and shelter for up to 4,000 children. It will have projects based on Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism, which has gained popularity in recent years and counts the 48-year-old singer among its devotees.

Kabbalah is virtually unheard of in Malawi, a predominantly Roman Catholic country where superstitions and belief in witchcraft run high.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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