April 07, 2010 03:00 PM

While holding 4-year-old Mercy James, Madonna whispers to elder daughter Lourdes, 13, during a Monday visit to Gumulira, Malawi. The popstar is in the country — where she adopted Mercy and son David Banda from — to begin work on her Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, scheduled to open in 2011.

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See a photo of Lourdes and Mercy below!

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