Federer has a ball with these 'amazing kids' from Africa's Malawi

  • Hindustan Times, HT Correspondent
  • Updated: Jul 20, 2015 17:02 IST
Swiss tennis star Rodger Federer poses with Malawian children at Kamuzu International Airport on his arrival for a visit to Malawi, July 19, 2015. Rodger Federer will on Monday officially launch the Lundu Community Based Childcare Centre in the area of Chief Chitukula in Malawi's Capital City District of Lilongwe.

Just over a week after a painful Wimbledon loss to Novak Djokovic, Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer was back in action busy winning hearts outside the tennis court.

Federer flew into Malawi on Sunday to open a childcare centre funded by his charity the Roger Federer Foundation, which has been involved in early childhood care and education in the southeast African nation since 2011.


Source: Imgur.com The world No 2 spent hours with school children in its capital Lilongwe and later tweeted about his experience and shared photos on the micro-blogging platform.


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"Excited to be visiting Malawi, the warm heart of Africa, for the first time with the Roger Federer Foundation," Federer wrote on Twitter.

"Exciting to see the impact of our early learning initiative in Malawi. I feel grateful to be able to share time with these amazing kids," said Federer in two separate tweets.


Source: Twitter About 38% of Malawi's population is illiterate and 19% of its children under 5 suffer from undernourishment according to the UNESCO.


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Just a month back, the foundation had announced a new initiative to assure a better transition to primary school for the Malawian children coming from the supported preschools.


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According to the RF foundation's website, the total budget of the project will be around 740,000 CHF (Swiss francs). The foundation is implementing its goals with the help of a local NGO - Development from People to People.


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