During her visit to Malawi Thursday, Madonna handed out translated copies of her children’s book “The English Roses” to a crowd of about 50 AIDS orphans.
“She and her husband are very lovely,” said Anne Chikhwaza, the director of the orphanage in the Kondanani children’s village, near Malawi’s commercial capital. “She has a kind heart; she really wants to help.”
There have been rumours that the Material Girl and her husband Guy Ritchie plan to adopt a little boy while in the African country, but her publicist has dismissed those claims.
“I have no information or confirmation regarding Madonna adopting an individual child. She’s kind of adopting an entire country of children,” Liz Rosenberg said in a statement.
She is on a private visit to Malawi and is involved in the building of an orphanage/child care center as well as other initiatives to help the children of that country who have lost parents to AIDS.”
But the Malawian government’s Ministry for Gender and Child Welfare claims it’s awaiting word from Madge on her adoption plans. On Wednesday the department said the singer planned to file the paper work Thursday.
A government official said after Madonna and Ritchie file the papers they will take the child, not as adoptive parents but as foster parents, until the government concludes they are a suitable family.
Madonna and Ritchie have a son, Rocco, 5, and the singer also had a nine-year-old daughter Lourdes.
Malawi is one of the world’s poorest nations and its population has been devastated by HIV/AIDS. Madonna’s project in the African nation is called Raising Malawi and includes the creation of an orphan care centre that will provide services to some 4,000 children. It’s scheduled to be completed next March.
- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have also helped to focus the world’s attention on the suffering caused by extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa. The stars donated $1 million each to humanitarian organizations working on the continent and their daughter was born in Namibia. Jolie adopted a little girl from Ethiopia and a boy from Cambodia.