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Madonna Making A Difference: Singer Opens Pediatric Medical Center In Malawi

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She may be one of the world's most biggest pop stars, but there's a lot more to Madonna than pop music and provocative attire.

The "Material Girl" is a lot more than a music icon, she's also a philanthropist who has put in over a decade of charity work to aid in the development of third world countries like Malawi.

The Like a Prayer singer first travelled to Malawi in 2006 following an invitation by a Malawian businesswomen who was familiar with Madonna's previous work with Spirituality for Kids, a nonprofit organization. Shortly after her initial visit, the entertainer returned for a second visit during which she adopted her son David.

Madonna took it upon herself to help the poverty-stricken South African nation and founded the charity Raising Malawi. The nonprofit organization's main goal is to support "orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi through health, education and community support."

In the subsequent years, the singer has led numerous projects including a documentary, hosted fundraiser events and benefit concerts to support the Malawian children. She adopted a second child, Mercy James in 2009 and by 2013, she helped build 10 schools in rural Malawi through a partnership with buildOn.

In 2014, she was appointed Goodwill ambassador for child welfare by the Malawi President, Peter Mutharika. Madonna fulfilling her role and her latest initiative is proof enough. After years of attempting to expand Raising Malawi, the singer finally succeeded and helped open the country's first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit.

Click on the next page to see Madonna and her family at the emotional opening of the medical centre.

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