Madonna en voyage au Malawi.
In heavy-duty boots, Madonna reaches out to livestock on a visit to Malawi.
The pop queen, 52, lent a hand at the UN-backed Millennium Village in the southeast African republic's capital Lilongwe.
And today she will lay the first brick of a £10million academy for girls she is funding.
David and Mercy, her adopted children, will be reunited with relatives during her week-long stay, with daughter Lourdes, 13.
Madonna said: "It pains me to see children denied their most basic needs to survive because they were born into poverty.
"I have started many projects to try to make a difference to their lives and this village is one of my proudest achievements."