Madonna Makes Video Plea for Malawi Orphans

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Oct. 28 2009, Published 10:48 a.m. ET

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Earlier this week, Madonna broke ground on her Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, and followed up those efforts with a letter to The Huffington Post and a video she made encouraging you to help. She is pledging $100,000 to match your contribution dollar-for-dollar.

Madonna co-founded Raising Malawi in 2006 as an organization dedicated to helping Malawi's one million orphans.

"I'm writing to urge you to join me in saving the lives of some of the world's most vulnerable children," Madonna says. "And I'm asking you to do it right away."

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"Architects have drawn up plans. We've identified a plot of land. And some of Malawi's poorest girls are eager for the opportunities that a comprehensive secondary education will bring them," Madonna wrote. "But we're still in need of additional funds to complete this project, and there's no time to lose."

"The girls of Malawi are bright and resourceful. They are eager to learn and grow," she said. "When I look at my girls and see them thriving, it is my greatest wish that the girls in Malawi will have the same chance for happiness."


"Please join me in supporting the work of Raising Malawi. Every dollar we collect will make a huge difference in a child's life," Madonna wrote.

"By matching your donation, dollar for dollar, I will personally ensure that your contribution has an even greater impact."

"That's a promise."


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