Rania starts Visit to South Africa

  March 27, 2009 at 4:36 am by

Queen Rania started a three-day working trip to South Africa by holding talks on Thursday with the South African statesman and Nobel Prize laureate Nelson Mandela. During the meeting, Members of the Nelson Mandela organizations briefed the Queen on the various legacy projects currently underway, including the planned Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, which will be one of three such facilities in the African continent.

Rania visiting Phefeni Senior Secondary school.Click to view on Yahoo news

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Queen Rania also visited the Phefeni Secondary School in Soweto, where UNICEF and the South African Ministries of Education and Health support the “Girls and Boys Education Movement” dedicated to bring about positive change in the lives of African youth. Upon Her Majesty’s arrival at the school, a lively celebration was held to honor the Queen, who joined local women and children eager to demonstrate a few steps of their wonderfully empowering dance.

After the visit to the Phefani School, the Queen headed to the “Kid’s Haven” shelter situated in Gauteng Province. Touring the shelter’s facilities, Her Majesty visited the “Bridging School,” the “Multi Purpose Centre,” which houses dormitory style accommodation and the “Village.”

Kids Haven is in partnership with the Nelson’s Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) and the Oprah Winfrey Angel’s Network in Africa, “Kid’s Haven” supports over 300 children between the ages of 6-18 who have been abused, abandoned or have spent most of their life living on the streets.

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