Madonna daughter, Lourdes, visit social rehab centre for street children in Malawi
Khaled Kazziha, Canadian Press
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2007
LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) – Madonna and her nine-year-old daughter, Lourdes, visited a centre for street children that benefits from the charity work the pop star is doing in this impoverished southern African country.
Madonna, wearing her now familiar straw hat, and Lourdes arrived at the centre Wednesday and were whisked into the compound of three buildings. The 48-year-old singer is visiting Malawi to check on projects run by her Raising Malawi organization.
She arrived Monday with Lourdes and David Banda, the Malawian toddler she is hoping to adopt.
Singing and clapping were heard coming from children inside what is called a social rehabilitation centre in the capital. The centre cares for about two dozen children, providing them with food, clothing and schooling before reintegrating them into their communities.
A crowd of onlookers cheered "Madonna, Madonna" when she arrived.
"Well done, Madonna. We love you. Adopt more," read the sign carried by Richmond Muchina.
"I love Madonna and she is most welcome," he said. "I wish she would come every week. She must adopt more and more because she has got the power."
The Spirituality for Kids program, based on Kabbalah, Judaism’s mystical sect that counts Madonna among its devotees, is involved with the centre.
Madonna took custody of then 14-month-old David during a visit to Malawi in October. The move sparked controversy and raised concerns that regulations were being swept aside to benefit a pop star who has been generous to the country.
Madonna maintains she has followed the law.