LILONGWE – United States First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Malawi on Thursday, the second stop of her African tour after Ghana, and visited a primary school, to which she donated educational material and soccer balls.
The first lady landed at Kamuzu International Airport in the capital Lilongwe, and was received by her counterpart Gertude Mutharika, with hundreds of schoolchildren waving flags of both nations.
Afterwards, Melania Trump went to Chipala primary school, where she attended reading class and spoke with Malawi’s Minister of Education, Bright Msaka, as well as various teachers.
The wife of US President Donald Trump donated educational material to the school that has a ratio of about 110 children per teacher, and soccer balls with the White House logo, with which the children played.
The While House reiterated it has included Malawi in Melania Trump’s tour as half of its 17 million people live below the poverty line, as well as the difficulties the children, especially girls, face to have access to education.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has various reading programs and initiatives preventing early school leaving in Malawi, to which it has allocated about $200 million last year.
On the way to the residence of the American ambassador in Malawi, many people were lifting banners that some of them read: “Welcome to Malawi. Not a shithole.”
In January, US President Donald Trump was reportedly dismissed much of Africa as “shithole countries.”
Meanwhile, 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.”
In addition to Ghana and Malawi, Melania Trump’s African tour focuses on child welfare and includes Kenya and Egypt.