MASEKESE, Malawi – Madonna wore a T-shirt proclaiming "Love" and danced to the rhythm of a pop song at the opening of a day care center Thursday, one of the projects she's funding in Malawi.
The 48-year-old singer, who carried toddler David Banda in her arms, was greeted by singing children as she toured the center, run by local charity Consol Homes.
Madonna picked up David, then 14 months old, from an orphanage in Malawi in October and took him to her London home. She is hoping to adopt the child.
Her latest visit is to check on projects run by her Raising Malawi organization.
Local children performed the Paul Simon-Joseph Shabalala hit "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes," playing traditional instruments and singing. Madonna danced to the refrain.
"You should not expect much from me alone but we are working together as a partnership," she told local officials.
The center will eventually provide education and food for up to 4,000 children from surrounding rural areas.
Consol Homes Director Jacinta Chapombsa said parents would be able to bring their children to the center knowing they would receive a basic education and food.
Tight security has accompanied Madonna on her visit this week, and it was unclear whether she had met with David's father, who sent him to an orphanage after the boy's mother died. Yohane Banda has said he was too poor to care for his son.
Madonna, who is married to filmmaker Guy Ritchie, has two other children, 9-year-old Lourdes, who is also on the trip, and 6-year-old Rocco.