Photos of Madonna, Mercy James, and Lourdes Leon in Malawi to Open the Raising Malawi School For Girls

Madonna Breaks Ground on Her Malawi Girls' School With Lourdes and Mercy

Madonna arrived in Malawi over the weekend for a few days of philanthropic work, and she started things off yesterday by touring Millennium Village in Lilongwe with Dr. Jeffrey Sachs and her daughters, Lourdes and Mercy. Madonna's girls were in the same town again today for a bricklaying ceremony as construction started on her $15 million Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, which is expected to open next year. In a blog post on her foundation's website Madonna wrote, "It is with tremendous joy that I return to Malawi to lay the first brick in the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls. By educating girls we will rebuild this community and raise this nation." The endeavor is just the latest in Madonna's extensive efforts to help the African nation, as her charity is reported to be helping 25,000 orphaned children in the country.

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