Madonna devastated as Malawi school’s chief executive has malaria

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Madonna dévastée comme la directrice générale de l'école du Malawi a la malaria.

Madonna pal's malaria hell

The guiding light behind plans for Madonna's new school in Malawi is in a coma after being struck down by malaria.
Dr Anjimile Oponyo was fundraising in San Francisco when she collapsed and is recovering in a US clinic.
Madge, who laid the first brick at the girls' school in April, has two adopted children from Malawi - David Banda, four, and five-year-old Mercy.
A source said: "Madonna's devastated. She convinced Dr Oponyo to quit her job at the World Bank to join her project. She feels a sense of responsibility."

Source: Mirror.

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Sunday November 8,2009
By Raphael Tenthani

QUEEN of pop, Madonna intends to set up a £9million academy for underprivileged girls in Malawi.
The Raising Malawi Academy for Girls is to open in two years’ time.
The singer, 51, who adopted two children, David and Mercy, both four, from the tiny African country, hired New York  designers to create the  modern-look school, which will take 500 girls.
Madonna hopes the pupils will go on to become the scientists, doctors and lawyers that will shape Malawi’s future. The school’s chief executive Dr Anjimile Mtila-Oponyo said: “The idea is that in 10 years every com- munity will have a Raising Malawi girl.” Principal architect Markus Dochantschi of New York firm StudioMDA said the school would  be environmentally friendly with solar panels to generate its own power.
The girls will also grow their own food and learn how to  collect rainwater to irrigate the fields. Crops to feed the school will be grown next to the class- rooms.
But Madonna’s impressive plan has sparked protests by some villagers. The people of Chinkhota Village, six miles outside the capital Lilongwe, are demanding proper compensation to give up their  land for the project. The academy needs fields that are used by villagers for small-scale farming.
Madonna’s charity Raising Malawi asked the government for advice on compensation but were advised it was government land. Some compensation was eventually paid for huts and trees.
But now the villagers are consulting lawyers to help them get what they believe would be proper compensation for their land.
The village headman said: “My people are very grateful that a woman so globally famous and rich chose my humble backyard for her dream academy for girls.
But we want the government to compensate us properly because we know Madonna paid a lot of money to them to compensate us.” Madonna, through her Raising Malawi charity, is also sponsoring six orphanages in the country.

Source: Daily Express.

Fearless, confident, and proud to be African…
Sunday, March 14th, 2010

This piece was written by Anjimile Oponyo, the Malawian educator selected by Madonna as Head of Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, which is currently under construction. Anjimile’s story is an inspiring example of the power of woman-to-woman mentoring; we are proud to publish it here on AllGirls.

SOMETIMES, IF WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE, we meet the one person who will forever change the course of our lives. Working in the Planning Unit of the Ministry of Education in Malawi I met mine.
I met Nwanganga Shields, a Nigerian woman who was heading the World Bank team that was working on the Education and Health programmes in Malawi. I could not believe that this African woman had so much power; every time she sent a message that she was bringing her team to Malawi everybody in the Ministry was running around preparing for her visit.
She requested that I work for her, and with every meeting she gave me more challenging work — including me in the studies and giving me more responsibilities on the ground.
One day she said to me, “If you are doing this work without training then you need to go to graduate school.” She found a place for me at the George Washington University at the School of Education. The battle now was to convince the men in the Ministry to let me go.
She noticed that when we had meetings, I was always sent to go and inform the kitchen to bring the tea. One day as I stood up in the meeting she asked me why I was going to call for the tea when I needed to contribute to the meeting. She said this is the last time you are doing tea duty, you have a degree and you are going to graduate school. She asked the meeting if anybody had an objection, everybody was quiet. She said she would take it as agreement since nobody had objected. Nwanganga is an African woman and she knew that there was no agreement, the men around the table were just shocked and stunned.
After she left, I was called and informed that I would not be going to graduate school at the George Washington University — I was devastated. I believed I wanted an American education because I wanted to be like Nwanganga Shields, fearless, confident, knowledgeable and proud to be African. In all the time I knew Nwanganga, and even though she was married to an Irishman, I had never seen her put on western clothes! She was so proud to be African, even though her views and attitude were completely western.
I was so crushed to be calling Nwanganga to tell her that I would not be taking my place at George Washington as planned. I should have known this fearless, determined woman would not be stopped. Nwanganga immediately sent me to the British Airways office where she had a ticket to America waiting for me.
It took a month after I arrived, but she managed to convince the Ministry to allow me to start school. She helped me find a place to stay, she got me a tutor to learn even basic skills like keyboarding, and she got me a job at the World Bank so that I could continue to work on research projects.
Every time I was homesick or discouraged she would invite me to her house and cook me African food and remind me that it was important that I succeed for the sake of other Malawian women who had never been given the same opportunity because of the assumption that they couldn’t do it.
She not only inspired me to strive to be like her, she inspired me to fight to open doors for other women.
If this one woman had not made that decision to fight so that I could go to graduate school I would have never left Malawi. I owe that one woman my education. Because of her I have educated my own children, and because of her my daughters do not think they might go to graduate school, they know they will. And because of this woman, every time a woman tells me that she wants to do something and there is a stumbling block in front of her, I start looking for solutions right away.
Nwanganga showed me that you should stop at nothing to open a door for a fellow woman. My way of saying thank you to her is helping other women the way she helped me. I took the job as Head of Raising Malawi Academy for Girls because it gives me the opportunity to do for hundreds of girls what Nwanganga did for me.
What an opportunity, to be able to say thank you to Nwanganga over and over again.
I hope that one day, when Raising Malawi Academy for Girls is open she will come to Malawi and speak to the girls in the school and give them the same inspirational talks she gave to me.

—Anjimile Oponyo

Source: All Girls, National Coalition of Girls Schools.

Madonna devastated as Malawi school’s chief executive has malaria
Anjimile Oponyo, selected by Madonna as head of new school: Raising Malawi Academy for Girls.

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