Kenya: Chinese First Lady Partners With Kenya’s First Lady to Support Disadvantaged Children

Nairobi — It was joy at Mama Fatuma Goodwill Children’s home in Eastleigh on Wednesday when they received donations through an initiative of Kenya and Chinese First Ladies.

Kenya’s First Lady Rachel Ruto partnered with Chinese First Lady Prof. Peng Liyuan to support the children, many of whom come from disadvantaged families.

The donations which include food, sanitary towels, health and medical supplies were donated in conjunction with the Chinese Embassy in Nairobi.

The Chinese First Lady was represented by Minister Counsellor of the Embassy Zhao Xiyuan while Kenya’s First Lady was represented by Edward Ngaira.

“Prof Peng is very passionate about supporting children for a better future and after the COVID-19 pandemic, she called for donations of medical supplies and vaccines for African children, youth and women in the name of the Chinese government in 2020 and 2022,” Zhao said.

Zhao Xiyuan, Minister Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Nairobi (second from right), Edward Ngaira, a Director at the Kenyan First Lady’s Office (L), with Mama Fatuma Goodwill Children’s Home’s Hussein Omar and Mohamed Hiribae during a donations event on May 31, 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya.

He said the Chinese First Lady is also undertaking similar initiatives in various countries across Africa as part of the warm bilateral relations China enjoys with the continent where President Xi Jinping’s government has supported massive infrastructure projects.

Over the past 3 years, he said, China donated over 189 million doses of vaccines for 53 African countries.

Under the South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund, the Chinese government provided 1 million USD dollar aid to UNICEF Kenya to implement the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Project, which covered 159 medical institutions in 8 counties of Kenya and more than 3 million people benefited from the project from 2020 to 2021.

In particular, Kenya this year marks the 60th independence of diplomatic relations China which has grown massively on trade, infrastructure and people-to-people relations.

On her part, Kenya’s First Lady Rachel Ruto who was represented by Mr Ngaira thanked the Chinese First Lady and the Chinese government for the invaluable support.

She said vulnerable children in society need love and support from the people around them.