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Madonna Builds School in Africa

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Mega-star Madonna returned Malawi today for a very important cause, according to CNN.com. The 51-year-old pop icon plans to help break ground in Malawi for a school she is building in the impoverished southern African nation, from which she adopted two children. The school -- Raising Malawi Academy for Girls -- will focus on empowering women to become leaders, the singer said on a Web site run by her. It will be built in the capital, Lilongwe.

The singer has been involved with Malawi for several years and made a documentary, "I Am Because We Are," to highlight poverty, AIDS and other diseases devastating children in the country. She also co-founded the nonprofit Raising Malawi, which helps feed, educate and provide medical care for the needy.--BB

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