During challenging times, it’s always good to recognize acts of kindness and humanity. One altruistic event that certainly deserves recognition is Madonna’s star-studded benefit concert, which will be held at the Faena Forum in Miami Beach, Florida on December 2. The proceeds from concert will directly benefit Madonna’s non-profit organization, Raising Malawi.
In addition to a highly anticipated performance from the Queen of Pop herself, there will be additional performances and appearances by pop singer Ariana Grande, award-winning comedian Chris Rock, and Oscar-winning actor and activist Sean Penn. The event will be hosted by actor, singer, and The Late Late Show host James Corden. It will take place during Miami’s grand exhibit of art from around the world, Art Basel. The exhibit is set to include works of modern and contemporary art from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Globally known as the “Warm Heart of Africa,” Malawi is a land-locked, Sub-Saharan African country. Although nearly 50% of Malawi is under the age of 15, there are only four pediatric surgeons serving the entire country. To put that into perspective, there are only four pediatric surgeons available for an estimated 7.5 million children.
Raising Malawi aims to address this by improving healthcare, education, and the living conditions of those who live in poverty. The money raised for Madonna’s non-profit will be used for saving surgeries, treatments for those with HIV/AIDS, educational programs, the ability to enroll orphans in child care, the construction of primary and secondary schools, the provision of academic scholarships, and much more.
In 2017, Raising Malawi will open the country’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit, the Mercy James Institute. The institute will be able to help thousands upon thousands of children in need of healthcare.