Madonna's Emotional Trip to Africa Continues with Visit to Her Children's Birth Villages
Madonna continued her African tour with children Lourdes, Rocco, David and Mercy by her side
They returned to the orphanages where David and Mercy had lived – Home of Hope and Kondanani Children’s Village, respectively. The family, which included Madonna’s 19-year-old daughter Lourdes and 15-year-old son Rocco, mingled with the young children there and documented their trip on Instagram.
While on the trip, David also received his Ngoni tribal name in his ancestral village, she explained, posting a photo after the official ceremony.
“Discussing responsibility,” she said in one photo after the ceremony, featuring David and Rocco. “One must live up to their name.”
“There is joy in the air at Home of Hope Orphanage,” Madonna wrote in another post, showing women in the village singing and dancing in the crowd.
The family visited a pediatric surgery and intensive care unit under construction in the Malawi city of Blantyre. There, Madonna reviewed plans with developers for the “first of it’s kind” medical facility, located next to Queen Elizabeth hospital. She says she hopes the hospital will open by early 2017.
“These walls could use some murals,” she wrote in one post as she toured the construction site.
She also met with Dr. Eric Borgstein – who she called one of her “heroes.” The two discussed “food, security, education for girls and staffing,” she said, with nurses and clinical officers.
Madonna asked her followers to help think of a name for the hospital, and provided information for those interested sponsoring a nurse or a clinical officer.
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She then met with Malawi President Peter Mutharika. The two “discussed food security, education for girls and staffing” for the new hospital.
“Oh Africa you have filled our hearts with joy and appreciation!” she wrote on her final post of the trip – which also saw the family traveling to Kibera, Kenya.