These young elephants may be orphans but they are getting some first lady attention. Melania Trump is in Nairobi, Kenya, where she fed and played with baby tembo, as they called in Swahili. These gentle giants are in the care of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
“I believe high interaction, her coming here will create a lot of publicity to the elephants in general. And people will know that these elephants have a right to live and need to be protected.”
Melania Trump then brought her ‘be best’ message to children at the local orphanage.
“Thank you very much for your beautiful and warm welcome. It’s nice to be here with you and I have a book that I will read, the lion and the mouse. Did you hear about the book that before? Yes?”
The orphanage takes care of 130 children including this little boy. Earlier this year Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta launched ‘beyond zero’, an initiative to eliminate maternal deaths. Nairobi residents see Melania Trump visit as a sign of support for the campaign.
“It’s a good opportunity for enhanced relations between Kenya and the US. Especially since our first lady in Kenya, Mrs. Kenyatta, she has some programs relating to maternal health care. And I think it’s something similar to what Melanie is doing about I think early education.”
“She has come to talk about maternal. It’s a good thing about Kenya because I think this is what Kenya has been pushing for, especially our first lady here in Kenya. So it will be good at much.”
The US spends more than 800 million dollars a year on aid to Kenya, meeting at the biggest recipient of American foreign aid in sub-Saharan Africa. The Trump administration proposed slashing the funding but Congress blocked the plan. Much of that funding goes to women and youth programs, including the schools of children participating in the first lady’s visit here at the Kenyan National Theater. From Nairobi Melania Trump heads to Cairo the last leg of her African tour.Patsy Widakuswara VOA News Nairobi.