Despite having her bid to adopt a young Malawian girl denied, Madonna has emailed one of the nation's newspapers to explain why she'd still like to care for Mercy, 3.

Madonna in London with Lourdes

Madonna, seen yesterday at London's Heathrow Airport with daughter Lourdes, wrote, "I want to provide Mercy with a home, a loving family environment and the best education and healthcare possible." She added, "It's my hope that she, like David, will one day return to Malawi and help the people of their country."

The singer's statement continues, "Though I have been advised that I cannot publicly discuss the pending appeal regarding my desire to adopt Mercy, I do want to say how much I appreciate the level of support that I have received from the people of Malawi and my friends around the world."

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