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Madonna is currently visiting Malawi to lay the first brick in the construction of the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls.

The singing sensation writes in her blog on the Raising Malawi site about how she felt when she first visited the poverty-stricken nation, and how much it means to her to be able to support the orphans through her work with the charity.

“Our academy will educate, protect, and empower 450 young girls who are Malawi’s hope for the future. We will stop the brain drain happening in so many African nations—our students will receive an internationally competitive education while incorporating local values.”

She also announced a new initiative she is undertaking with economist Jeffrey Sachs, saying,

“Having seen the determination in the eyes of these children, I know they have the strength to save Malawi—they just need to be given the tools. I am so grateful for the many people who have partnered with me to provide the resources needed, including Jeffrey Sachs, with whom I am launching a new global initiative to provide access to education for all children on all continents.”

To read her full blog entry, visit the Raising Malawi website.

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