Madonna’s daughters Mercy,4, and Lourdes,3, were in tow for the first brick laying of the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls on April 06, 2010 in Malawi. The school is a $15 million project, slated to open next year. Madonna writes:
On my first visit to Malawi, I was devastated to meet child after child who had been orphaned by AIDS. Having lost my mother at such a young age, I felt a close connection to these children. Their stories had touched my own.
In a country of 14 million, a staggering one million children have been left alone with the responsibility of raising each other. I returned home knowing the future of Malawi was resting on the shoulders of these orphaned children, and I had to act.
So 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 (Read More).