Written by Staff Writer
21 Jul, 2015 | 11:46 am
Tennis star Roger Federer on Monday swapped his racket for a pair of scissors to cut the ribbon at a new childcare center in Malawi funded by his foundation.
About 10 kilometres (six miles) west of the capital Lilongwe, the windswept village of Lundu has neither water or electricity, let alone basic education facilities.
But the new center, Federer predicted, would be a “pre-school of excellence and an important milestone” in the lives of children.
The tennis star traveled to Malawi to see firsthand the impact of funds from his foundation, which contributes to education programs in half a dozen countries in southern Africa.
Federer, who turns 34 next month, described his philanthropic outreach as gratifying in a different way from the exultation of lifting a Grand Slam trophy.
Federer’s foundation has been working in Malawi since 2011 and has already built 80 pre-schools across the country, though this was the world number two’s first visit to the impoverished southern African nation.
About $13.5 million (12.44 million euros) has been ploughed into the project which Federer hoped would provide support to about 150,000 Malawian children by 2021.
Federer, who lost on July 12 to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, said he plans to start training again soon ahead of the American summer season of tournaments leading to the U.S. Open.
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