Madonna to Establish $15 Million School in Malawi

Celebrity News Oct. 23, 2009 AT 1:02PM
Madonna to Establish $15 Million School in Malawi Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.com

Madonna is headed back to Malawi -- with education, not adoption, on her agenda.

The 51-year-old singer is expected to visit the African country this weekend on behalf of her charity, Raising Malawi, and lay the foundation stone for the $15 million school she is building there.

"She plans to meet the President Bingu wa Mutharika and together lay a foundation stone for her multi-million dollar girls school," a staffer at the charity, who declined to be named, told Reuters Thursday.

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There is no word yet if Madonna's adopted children who once called the country home -- David, 4, and Mercy James, 3 -- will make the trip.

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Plans to break ground on the school come two years after another high-profile philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey, opened a boarding school for girls in South Africa. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy School for girls opened its doors in 2007, only to be shaken by two sex scandals in less than two years.

Madonna divorced British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, with whom she has a son, Rocco, 8, last year. She also has 12-year-old daughter, Lourdes, from her relationship with fitness trainer Carlos Leon.

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