Madonna plans to build a home in Malawi

Madonna in MalawiLast week a Malawian judge turned down Madonna‘s adoption request because she hadn’t lived in the country for 18 months, so the pop singer is planning to build a home there. A source told the British paper The Sun, “Madonna has a big, beautiful plot of land over there already. She’s planning to build a girl’s school in the Chinkhota village and those designs are well under way. But she’s gone back to the designers and asked if they could accommodate a family home on the plot or on adjacent land.” Madonna wants to adopt a three-year-old girl, Mercy James, who lives in an orphanage in Malawi. Madonna believes her adopted son, David Banda, also of Malawi, will also benefit if she builds a house in the African country because he’ll be able to visit his birthplace often. ~movi_alex

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  1. Jo-Anne • April 13, 2009 @ 10:36 AM

    how wonderful…

  2. JD • April 13, 2009 @ 1:53 PM

    at least she cares about the kid enough to live there for so long and the fact that she’s building a school is nice

  3. Pete • April 13, 2009 @ 1:57 PM

    Jo-Anne, I can’t tell if you are being sarcastic in your response, but I am guessing you are.

    I haven’t followed what Madonna has done as far as charitable work for kids, either in the US or in other countries. If she has done anything, that is great. But I don’t quite understand why she is so focussed on this particular country, to the extent that she seems willing to do almost anything to adopt a certain child. Regardless, I don’t think it is unreasonable for a country to require minimum residence in order to adopt. Even though it might be “best for the child”, I don’t think I agree with “exporting” children. I hope that she doesn’t take it personally, and stop whatever aid she is giving this country or village. Even though I don’t have much time for Madonna, I do think it is wonderful she is helping others — I just hope that she is spending wisely and effectively, and helping as many people as possible. A school sounds like a worthwhile endeavour, as the effect will hopefully be positive and longlasting.

  4. Nancy • April 13, 2009 @ 2:03 PM

    That’s true, JD.

  5. Jo-Anne • April 13, 2009 @ 3:29 PM

    no, Pete, quite the opposite.
    In fact, I have been a supporter of her adoption (in the minority on this site) and even other “avenues of her life” for many many months now…

  6. Pete • April 13, 2009 @ 4:51 PM

    Okay, thank you for clarifying your position Jo-Anne. I think you can agree your comment wasn’t clear on what your view was. I admit I am pretty jaded when it comes to anything a celebrity does, that a good deed is either for publicity or for selfish reasons. I still am on the fence about her “need” to adopt, (as well with Jolie-Pitt), but it is great she is doing something meaningful and longlasting like building a school.

  7. tributegirl • April 15, 2009 @ 6:44 PM

    So if she’s building this home there, I wonder if she is actually planning on living there for 18 months. Should be interesting to see what happens with this situation.

  8. Nancy • April 15, 2009 @ 7:20 PM

    I can’t see her living there for 18 months especially when she’s supposedly been putting almost $50 million into her New York townhouse to make it more like ‘England’. I hope the judge flat out told her that she would have to “live” there for 18 months…that time spent touring and vacationing outside Malawi doesn’t count.

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