Melania held a baby as she thanked the orphanage staff for taking care of the children.
The US First Lady is on a four-leg tour of Africa promoting her children's welfare programme.
On her second stop visiting Malawi, she toured the Chipala Primary School in Lilongwe.
"Our message is that Melania Trump should return home to persuade President Trump to reverse the serious budget cuts his administration has proposed concerning poor countries", Rachel Pope, a doctor and social justice advocate, told the local Nyasa Times. Hillary Clinton took her daughter to five African states in 1997, George W Bush's wife Laura made five solo trips in support of her husband's global health initiatives, and Michelle Obama travelled unaccompanied to South Africa in 2011, and then to the continent's north in 2016 with her daughters.
The youngest First Lady ever was Frances Folsom Cleveland, who was just 21 when she married President Grover Cleveland in 1886.
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At a textbook handover ceremony, the First Lady discussed the importance of educating and empowering youth and lauded USAID's continued efforts to increase access to education for children in Malawi.
"Meeting those children and understanding their different way of life is why I wanted to travel here", the first lady said.
Also at the airport to receive the US First Lady was the US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and the Chief of Staff in the Kenyan First Lady's Office Constance Gakonyo, among others. "We want his wife to see it that Africans needs global aid particular on reproductive health which Trump cut which is affecting women and young girls negatively", says Racheal working in health sector in Malawi. She also read them a book.
Earlier, when Ms Trump landed in Malawi, she was greeted with "Not A Shithole" signs.
The network is billing it as the first lady's first sit-down interview, although she briefly spoke to CNN's Kate Bennett during last year's trip to China, while they were both standing on the Great Wall.
The first lady donated more "Be Best"-themed items there, including chalk for teachers and soccer balls with the White House logo". It comes after January reports that her husband complained about immigrants coming to the USA from "s-hole" countries, a phrase President Trump denied making.
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