I have been a Madonna fan for years. I grew up on her music and remember vividly when her first album came out. I have always looked at her as a strong woman and respected her for sticking around in the entertainment business , staying fresh and keeping up with the times. She is currently on tour at the age of 50, and in my opinion looks fantastic for her age.
With that said, I have to say something has been bothering me for days. I think it was last week I read in my newspaper that she was asking for donations from the public to build a girls' school in Malawi for underprivileged children.
Here is the letter you can find on her official website:
November 13, 2008
Madonna Announces The Raising Malawi Academy For Girls
To All My Friends,
I am really excited to share with you a new video message about a project that you can be a big part of: The Raising Malawi Academy for Girls.
WATCH VIDEO HERE http://www.madonna.com/raisingmalawi/
After witnessing the potential of Malawi's girls firsthand, I made it my mission to give them an opportunity to become their personal best. I hope you will share my urgency and make a donation today. Every donation counts toward helping impoverished girls to reach their full potential. And every dollar will make a difference.
Please visit: http://www.raisingmalawi.org/rm_girlsacademy.php
Thank you for helping me to bring education and opportunity to the girls of Malawi.
They are deeply grateful to you for your support, and so am I.
Although I think building this school is a great idea and I have read about the conditions in some of the schools in Malawi and don't want to take anything from the fact that this school is something that indeed would be beneficial, I do have a problem with the donation part. The letter is clearly about asking for donations, it gets to that point right away.
Here are some facts to ponder:
Madonna, 49, tops Forbes’ first-ever ‘Cash Queens of Music’ list of the highest-earning female musicians, after she banked $72m between June 2006 and June 2007.
In 2007 Forbes estimated her net worth to be $325 million.
Now here are some other facts:
The cost of building each 1500 square foot school is $18,000 from start to finish. RSI Youth has created a partnership with Building With Books; a non-profit organization that builds schools in developing areas of the world with great passion for education. A new 1500-foot , two-room schoolhouse is built and fully operational for a minimum of 3 years for every $18,000 raised.
The Youth of Religious Science International (RSI) has committed to the funding and completion of the building of 3 two-room primary schoolhouses in rural Malawi, on the continent of Africa.
As well, they have now committed to the same for at least 5 additional schools in 2008.
Now it is said that Madonna's last Confessions Tour made her a profit of around $70 million. Let's say the tour she is on right now, her Sticky and Sweet Tour, were to make her the same profit.
How many schools, costing $18,000 a piece, could she build (without donations) if she were to donate her tour earnings?
She is worth almost $400 million, she is currently on a tour that could net her another $70 million and she wants donations from the public to build a school........one school. Even if Madonna's plans involve more than the above $18,000, it is pretty clear that she could afford to do this on her own.
I wish Madonna the best in building this school, and the children of Malawi who seem to desperately need more schools or improvements in the current ones they attend. But, please just do it. Build the school. The money is already there, and they need the school. Don't wait on or ask for donations.
I will gladly stand up and applaud if you go ahead and build this school and ask for no donations.
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