For Tuesday (July 11) Madonna for the official opening of a hospital children’s wing funded by her charity and named after one of the four children the pop star has adopted from the south African region.
The unit, named after Madonna’s Malawi-born daughter, Mercy James, is the first of its kind in that country and was funded by Madonna’s charity Raising Malawi in collaboration with the minister of health.
“When you look into the eyes of children in need, wherever they may be, a human being wants to do anything and everything they can to help, and on my first visit to Malawi, I made a commitment that I would do just that,” Madonna said in a statement. “As we approach the opening of the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, I’d like to thank everyone who has joined me on this unbelievable journey. What started out as a dream for Malawi and her children has become a reality, and we couldn’t have done it without your support.”
The institute has already started some activities, and completed its first surgery.
The four children she adopted from Malawi are David Banda, Mercy James, Stelle and Estere.
Madonna’s charity, Raising Malawi, was founded in 2006 to address the poverty and hardship endured by the country’s orphans and other vulnerable children. It has built schools and funded the new pediatric unit, which began construction in 2015 and includes three operating rooms dedicated to children’s surgery, a day clinic and a 45-bed ward.