CAIRO, Oct. 6 (SEE) – US First Lady Melania Trump started last Tuesday her solo African tour, which includes Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt, promoting for her “Be Best” initiative.
The 48-year old woman arrived Accra on Tuesday morning accompanied by Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mark Green. Trump was received by First Lady of the Republic of Ghana Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
The former-model’s visit focuses on her supporting her initiative, unveiled in May designed to improve children’s well-being.
Trump visited the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, also known as Ridge Hospital, touring the old and new wings of the hospital which the USAID supports it. She got acquainted with the hospital’s way in educating new mothers on infant care and the importance of immunizations and good nutrition.
Mrs. Trump donated baby blankets, teddy bears, weighing sacks, and diaper bags to the hospital.
On Wednesday, she toured Cape Coast Castle which is one of about 40 castles used in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, inspecting rooms that were formerly used as slave dungeons.
By the end of her visit Mrs Trump said “I want to thank the people of Ghana for such a wonderful visit and the opportunity to learn about their history and culture.”
“My time in your country was filled with so many meaningful stops. It was encouraging to see the commitment and compassion of Ridge Hospital staff and their focus on maternal and newborn health, and I want to thank Mrs. Akufo-Addo for accompanying me,” she added.
Melania Trump walks through the ‘Door of No Return’ at the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana
On Thursday, the US first lady landed in Malawi where she was greeted at the airport by the First Lady of Malawi Gertrude Mutharika.
Mrs. Trump visited Chipala Primary School, where she found only 22 classes for about 8,000 students with an average class size of approximately 106 students per class.
She stressed the necessity of educating and empowering youth and lauded USAID’s efforts to increase access to education for Malawian children.
Before leaving the school, she donated soccer balls, tote bags with classroom supplies inside for the teachers, as well as frisbees for the children.
“The growth and success of a country starts with educating our children,” US First Lady Melania Trump said.
“I want to thank the teachers and children at Chipala Primary school for today’s warm welcome and commend the staff for their commitment to providing their students the education and tools needed to grow and to be able to contribute to a prosperous society. The positivity and passion to learn was so evident in each classroom, and I appreciate the time everyone took to show me around the school,” she added.
Mrs. Trump with Malawian children — photo credit: AP
Late on Thursday, Melania Trump arrived in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. She was received by the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta.
On Friday, Trump arrived at Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage of Nairobi National Park, as she observed feeding the baby elephants rescued by the shelter.
Then the first lady went on a safari, in which she saw many wild animals including zebras, hippos, rhinos, and giraffes.
“My time in Kenya impacted me greatly and I want to thank everyone who took the time to meet with me, especially Mrs. Kenyatta,” the US first lady said.
During her visit at the national park, a baby elephant appeared to storm toward Trump as she lost her balance. Trump laughed off the brief incident.
A baby elephant charged at Melania Trump — photo credit: AP
“The hospitality that I received made the experience so special. I was awed by the beauty of Nairobi National Park and was very interested to learn more about Kenya’s conservation efforts,” she added.
Trump during her safari in Kenya was criticized because of her cloths. She wore a pith helmet, a symbol of colonial rule across Africa, which was originally worn by European explorers to cope with warmer climates.
Melania Trump wears the pith helmet
Today, the US first lady landed in Cairo. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and his spouse welcomed Trump at Ittihadiya presidential palace.
President Sisi and his spouse with Melania Trump
President Sisi stressed Cairo keenness on boosting strategic partnership with the United States. He hailed the role played by the USAID in funding some projects in the field of health, education and tourism.
In the meantime, Trump hailed the warm reception and hospitality here.
She headed for the Pyramids Plateau, accompanied by Antiques Minister Khaled Anany and Tourism Minister Rania Al Mashat.
Trump with Al Mashat and Anani
Commenting on his spouse African tour, US President Donald Trump tweeted “Our country’s great First Lady, Melania, is doing really well in Africa. The people love her, and she loves them! It is a beautiful thing to see.”