Madonna marked the start of construction of her school for girls in Malawi by planting a tree at the planned site of the £9.2m school yesterday.
The 51-year-old arrived in the southern African country on Sunday accompanied by her four children — daughters Lourdes and Mercy, and sons Rocco and David. Madonna adopted Mercy from Malawi earlier this year and adopted David from the country in 2008.
The ceremony took place in the town of Chinkhota, near the capital Lilongwe.
The school will open in 2011.