Mega-star Madonna returned Malawi today for a very important cause, according to 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