Madonna's Malawi School Scrapped, Charity in Trouble

Entertainment Mar. 25, 2011 AT 10:20AM
Madonna's Malawi School Scrapped, Charity in Trouble Credit: AMOS GUMULIRA/AFP/Getty Images

School's out.

Plans for a school in Malawi to be constructed by Madonna's charitable organization have been scrapped as her Raising Malawi foundation flounders, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

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 "A thoughtful decision has been made to discontinue plans for the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, as it was originally conceived," charity cofounder Michael Berg said in a statement.

3.8 million dollars were reportedly funneled into the now-scrapped school; Raising Malawi's board of directors has been replaced as its former executive director, Phillippe van de Bossche, is accused of using funds for expenses like a car and driver and gold club membership.

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"There's a real education crisis in Malawi," Madonna, 52, said in a statement Thursday. "Sixty-seven percent of girls don't go to secondary school, and this is simply unacceptable. Our team is going to work hard to address this in every way we can.

"While I'm proud of [other] accomplishments, I'm frustrated that our education work has not moved forward in a faster way," the singer added.

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The star adopted two children in the impoverished African nation of Malawi: David and Mercy James. The charity has reportedly raised $18 million over the past several years; with the school plans now kaput, Raising Malawi says it plans to use those moneys towards other educational endeavors.

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