Amos Gumulira/AFP/Getty ImagesIt's been a while since we've heard anything about Madonna's charitable initiatives in Malawi, the country from which she adopted two of her four children. But now there's good news: her charity Raising Malawi has announced that it has helped to build 10 schools in the poverty-stricken country.
The primary schools, which are located in rural villages across Malawi, were built via a partnership between Madonna, Raising Malawi and the global non-profit organization buildOn. Six of the schools are already being used; all ten will be ready to receive students in January. Overall, the schools will educate 4,871 children.
In a statement, Madonna said that she is "overjoyed" that her "commitment...to help educate the children of Malawi has come to fruition." She added, "In a country where girls have little opportunity for education, it's additionally inspiring to know that more than half the students attending will be young girls."
Madonna founded Raising Malawi in 2006 to help end the poverty and hardship endured by the one million orphans and vulnerable children in that country. That same year, she adopted her son David from Malawi; in 2009, she adopted her daughter Mercy.
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