Peng finds new friends at or­phan­age

China Daily (Canada) - - XI’S VISIT - By ZHAOHUANXINinHarare andANBAIJIE in Beijing

First lady Peng Liyuan was greeted with a Chi­nese song, Look­ing for a Friend, while vis­it­ing an or­phan­age founded by her Zim­bab­wean coun­ter­part, GraceMu­gabe, dur­ing Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s two-day visit to the coun­try.

Look­ing for, look­ing for my friend. Do you want to be my friend? Nice to meet you, nice to meet you. Now you are my good friend, the chil­dren sang in Chi­nese on Tues­day af­ter­noon as they wel­comed Peng to the Grace Mu­gabe Chil­dren’sHome.

The or­phan­age is in the Ma­zowe area about 30 kilo­me­ters west ofHarare.

Ac­com­pa­nied by Zim­babwe’s first lady, Peng vis­ited the chil­dren in the or­phan­age with her en­tourage. The home was founded by Mu­gabe to care for or­phans and aban­doned chil­dren. Early this year, Mu­gabe grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe with a PhD in or­phan­ages.

Peng praised the chil­dren’s ex­cel­lent per­for­mance of the song, and she ex­pressed her wish that the stu­dents could grow up healthy and happy.

The Chi­nese first lady do­nated teach­ing fa­cil­i­ties, as well as study and sports ma­te­ri­als, worth 1 mil­lion yuan ($156,300) to the chil­dren. She was thanked by a child who ac­cepted a panda toy as a gift.

A boy asked Peng whether he could se­lect a gift from her do­na­tions, and­she replied, “Of course”. The boy took a bad­minton racket from the first lady and thanked her.

Or­phans are the most vul­ner­a­ble and at-risk com­mu­nity in a so­ci­ety, so it is the com­mon re­spon­si­bil­ity for so­ci­ety to make them live a happy life and get a good ed­u­ca­tion, as other chil­dren do, she said.

Peng said that she hoped the chil­dren all would ex­pe­ri­ence a com­fort­able, safe and warm en­vi­ron­ment at the home.

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