US First Lady Melania Trump supports USAID programs in Africa

November / December 2018 | Volume 17, Number 6

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump holds a baby during a visit to children at a children's home in Kenya
Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump visited four African countries in October.

​U.S. First Lady Melania Trump made her first significant solo overseas trip in October, spending time in four African countries: Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. Closely coordinating with USAID, her trip was intended to highlight U.S.-funded programs that improve child health and education.

In addition to visiting hospitals and schools, she devoted time to cultural activities and tours of historic sites. She also promoted her “Be Best” campaign - designed to promote children’s well-being - and presented host organizations with baby blankets, weighing sacks, diaper bags and teddy bears.

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