Grand Slam in Philanthropy from Roger Federer

14 July 2011 | By Cause4 staff

Superstar tennis player Roger Federer has announced that he is planning to launch a major educational project in Malawi through the Roger Federer Foundation.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion is planning a $3.3 million school project to support 54,000 Malawian children in school over the next 10 years in partnership with the Malawi branch of Action Aid.

Malawi is one of the most impoverished countries in Africa, which 49 percent of Malawian children suffering from chronic malnutrition. The education programme is aiming to pay for 80 community based childcare centres in six of the 28 districts of Malawi. The centres will be aimed at children between three to five years and will provide children with educational supplies, classrooms, play grounds, and nourishing meals.

The Roger Federer Foundation was established in 2003. Its focus so far has been on improving education and sports programmes for almost 20,000 children in Malawi, Ethiopia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Switzerland.

This is a substantial commitment from a sporting great – we applaud the Roger Federer Foundation and look forward to seeing other sports stars following suit.

 

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