In 2006, Madonna established Raising Malawi with the goal of improving children's lives in Malawi. Filmed by Nathan Rissman, I AM BECAUSE WE ARE profiles eight Malawian orphans and interviews world figures -- including former President Bill Clinton and the Rev. Dr. Desmond Tutu -- who are leading ongoing relief efforts in the country.
Having endured years of colonial rule, Malawi has enjoyed a relatively stable government since achieving independence from the United Kingdom in 1964. The capital city, Lilongwe, is second in population only to Blantyre.
Malawi is a tiny landlocked nation situated between Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique in central sub-Saharan Africa. One of the most densely populated countries on the continent, it is home to over 16 million people whose primary vocation is subsistence agriculture.
Malawi is known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” for its people’s generous spirit and warm hospitality. Malawians have a rich and vibrant culture. Their love of music is passed down in song and dance from generation to generation. Visiting westerners never fail to remark on the kindness and resiliency exhibited by Malawians, even in the face of their greatest adversity.