Madonna Celebrates Opening Of Mercy James Center In Malawi
Madonna’s children’s hospital opens in Malawi today, being named after her adopted daughter, Mercy James.
The Mercy James Center is the first of its kind to open up in the East African country, with its focus being on paediatric surgery and intensive care.
The music icon has been taking to Twitter over the last few days in the build up to the grand opening.
And there’s no surprise that the mom of six is super proud of her achievement.
On Monday, the ‘Like A Virgin’ singer told her followers,
One more day! So excited for the opening of the Mercy James Center! Thanks to everyone all around the world for making this dream a reality.
The project has been funded by Madonna’s charity, Raising Malawi, who have teamed up with the minister of health to provide better care for the children of Malawi.
The charity also shared the exciting news on Twitter, along with a throwback snap of Madonna when they opened ten new schools in the country in 2012.
Tomorrow we will officially open the Mercy James Centre!!! Here’s Madonna at our last opening ceremony when we spend 10 schools [with] buildOn.
— Raising Malawi (@RaisingMalawi) July 10, 2017
And just hours before the official opening, Madonna has also tweeted a heartwarming video of a group of Malawian children singing in celebration.
Let the choir sing! Let us be together! Tomorrow at the Mercy James Center.
— Madonna (@Madonna) July 10, 2017
The country has always held a special place in Madonna’s heart.
Her son, David Banda, was the first of four to be adopted from Malawi, with him joining Madonna and ex-husband, Guy Ritchie, in 2006.
Madonna’s daughter, Mercy James, came to live with her in 2009.
And the most recent additions to the family, twins Esther and Stella, were adopted by the 58-year old in February of this year.
Talking about her latest project, Madonna explained,
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. 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.