Madonna Plans to Open Orphanage in Malawi

June 29, 2011 By:
Madonna Plans to Open Orphanage in Malawi

Madonna's calendar is going to be full for the next year or so. Not only is she due back in the studio for another album soon, the philanthropic singer now plans to open an orphanage in Malawi.

Madonna adopted her five year old son, David, from the country in 2006, followed by her six year old daughter Mercy in 2009. Because there are only so many you can adopt, unless you're Angelina Jolie, of course, Madonna is aiding the orphans by opening a new center as well as giving financial support to them.

In the new TV documentary, American Revolutionaries: The Hitmakers, Madonna said:
"My short term goals are to build an orphan care centre that will service and reach at least 1,000 children and I'm also actively involved in funding several orphanages that already exist."

While this isn't the first of Madonna's efforts to aid the country, her plans were halted earlier this year when her girls school was "discontinued". She planned to build an academy, but after putting $3.8 million into the project through her organization Raising Malawi, it failed to be completed. Madonna said she was "frustrated" at the development because of the lack of education that exists in that country.

"There is a real education crisis in Malawi, 67 percent of girls don’t go to secondary school. Our team is going to work hard to address this in every way we can."