Updated: February 26, 2021
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump would be visiting four countries in Africa next month on her first international trip, she announced on Wednesday.
She would be traveling to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. It would be a solo trip without her husband, President Donald Trump.
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“Oct. 1 will mark the first day of my solo visit to four beautiful and very different countries in Africa,” Mrs. Trump told several dozen guests in a reception room in a building near U.N. headquarters, several news outlets reported.
She discussed her plans at a reception for the spouses of foreign leaders and others participating in the annual U.N. General Assembly.
Mrs. Trump said “whether it is education, drug addiction, hunger, online safety or bullying, poverty or disease, it is too often children who are hit first, and hardest, across the globe”.
“Each of us hails from a country with its own unique challenges, but I know in my heart we are united by our commitment to raising the next generation to be happy, healthy and morally responsible adults.”
According to AP, Melania said she looks forward to spreading the message of her “Be Best” child-welfare initiative throughout Africa.
She launched the campaign earlier this year to focus on overall child well-being, with an emphasis on opioid addiction and online behavior.
The countries on her itinerary have worked closely with the U.S. Agency for International Development, which is helping organize the trip.