Malawi chose me, says Madonna

MADONNA has been "taught a lot" by Malawi.

MADONNA has been "taught a lot" by Malawi.

The Celebration singer - who has adopted two children, Mercy and David, from Malawi - says she was "chosen" by the poverty-stricken area to help it anyway she can.

"People always ask me, 'Why did you choose Malawi?' But I have always said, 'Malawi chose me'. Growing up in a privileged life, I took education for granted. Coming to Malawi has taught me a lot."

The 51-year-old star is in Malawi with the two youngsters and their older siblings, Lourdes and Rocco.

The family flew out to the country for a week-long break, starting with the official opening of her charity's school, the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, in Lilongwe on Monday.

Madonna is working closely with the school - which will reportedly cost about R110 million to build and will have space for 500 girls - because she is determined to make "future female leaders" out of girls from across the country.

She attended the brick-laying ceremony for the school and promised to continue similar undertakings in other countries if the project is a success.

"I realised how much children deserve to be educated and so, for me, the best thing I could do was to build a school, a unique school that will create future female leaders, scientists, lawyers, doctors - and if this school is successful it will be used as a model to replicate it in other countries."

During Madonna's visit she will take her two youngest children to meet their biological families and will spend time learning the local language and teaching them about where they came from. - Bang