Ripple Partners With Madonna For Malawi Orphan Fundingbr>
Legendary pop icon Madonna is partnering with distributed ledger firm Ripple to raise funds for orphans and vulnerable children in the African nation of Malawi.
Madonna, referred to as the “Queen of Pop” since the 1980s, launched a month-long online fundraiser on Facebook as a way to celebrate her 60th birthday. This fundraiser, which began on July 30 and runs through August 31, will benefit Raising Malawi, a charity non-profit organization that was founded by Madonna and Michael Berg in 2006. All donations would go to Raising Malawi’s work at Home of Hope orphanage, located in a rural, high-need area of Malawi.
“I have an unwavering commitment to providing vulnerable children with a loving home,” Madonna said. “For my birthday, I can think of no better gift than connecting my global family with this beautiful country and the children who need our help most. Every dollar raised will go directly to meals, schools, uniforms and healthcare. I want to come together with my friends, fans and supporters to change the lives of Malawian children and let them know they are nurtured, protected and loved.”
In its announcement, Eric van Miltenburg, Ripple senior vice president of business operations, said that the company will match all public donations in support of the cause.
“We’re honored to be a part of Raising Malawi’s amazing work with some of the world’s most underserved children and are grateful to our investors at Sound Ventures for making the introduction to us and this important cause,” van Miltenburg said.
The fundraising campaign has already raised more than $27,000 from 571 people within three days, nearly halfway of the $60,000 target.
Malawi is a tiny landlocked nation situated between Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique in central sub-Saharan Africa. It has a population of 16 million people, and 74 percent live below the income poverty line of $1.90 per day. Causes of poverty in Malawi include problems with the agricultural sector and diseases. Nearly one million children in Malawi have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDs, leaving them orphaned or without anyone to care for them. Both of these complicated issues prolong impoverishment for many communities in Malawi.
Since 2006, Raising Malawi has been helping orphans in the country primarily through health and education programming. The non-profit also expanded its pediatric surgery work at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, the country’s commercial capital, by launching a project with the Malawi Ministry of Health to construct a pediatric surgery and intensive care unit (ICU) at the hospital.