US First Lady Melania Trump Visits Children's Home, Elephant Nursery in Nairobi

She visited mothers and their newborns in Ghana and a primary school in Malawi.

Melania was visiting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi when she was photographed in khaki pants and a pith helmet. The first lady thanked educators for helping the children "be best" throughout their school experience.

Trump was briefed on the children living at the house for babies, with staff explaining that some had been abandoned, while others had parents who had been incarcerated. She was surrounded by babies either sitting in walkers or lying on their backs beneath play mobiles.

It is Trump's first time in Africa - visiting four countries in five days - and her first solo global trip as the first lady.

She returned the girl and kneeled down to lift a boy from a mat and turned to face the news media with him in her arms.

The Trump administration recently made a decision to again allow Americans to import the body parts of African elephants shot for sport.

Her visit to Africa comes months after President Trump became under fire for calling African countries "Shithole". She was treated to a welcoming ceremony and met children and their carers at a nearby child health facility. A group of children who live at the orphanage and had been waiting for their American visitor broke into song and dance.

The First Lady kicked off her visit to Kenya by feeding baby elephants at a wildlife conservation park.

USA first lady Melania Trump looks on as she visits a school in Lilongwe, Malawi, October 4, 2018.

A half a world away from the spectacle of Washington, the first lady still managed to create one of her own on Friday, riding out into the grassland wearing a crisp white pith helmet - a common symbol of European colonial rule. She came here without Donald Trump and has managed to avoid some of the more uncomfortable situations that previous visitors have faced: President George W. Bush encountered elephants mating when he embarked on a safari in Botswana in 2018.

She also stopped at a site where 105 tons of ivory was burned as part of an effort to discourage the trade.

Another read "69 Days Past the Deadline to Reunite Families", apparently referring to the Trump administration's controversial zero-tolerance immigration policy, which led to the separations of thousands of families on the [which-which] border earlier this year. Another sign reportedly said "Welcome to Malawi".

The US First Lady landed in Kenya on Thursday night and was received by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi County.

She had pin-pointed promotion of child education, fight against HIV/AIDS and conservation as her pivotal areas of focus.

Mrs Trump's visit to Kenya was the third stop on her Africa tour, which began on Tuesday in Ghana.

  • Jon Douglas