May 2, 2018
Abidjan Chargé d’Affaires Katherine Brucker welcomed Ivoirian First Lady Dominique Ouattara to the U.S. Embassy on May 2. The First Lady read stories to children in the American Center and received a donation of 1,500 Nouveaux Horizons books for her mobile library program. Madame Ouattara read the Nouveaux Horizon translation of Margaret McNamara’s “Earth Day” to school children before proceeding to the donation ceremony.
“Books are doors to our future,” Chargé Brucker said. “We read them, enrich ourselves, and, with action, hard work and discipline, we make our lives better.” Run by Madame Ouattara’s Children of Africa foundation, nine “bibliobuses” travel throughout Cote d’Ivoire giving children access to literature. The books will be distributed to all nine of the program’s buses, placed in a section under a Nouveaux Horizon’s “L’Amérique en Livres” placard. Minister of Culture Maurice Bandama and a group of notable women including the wife of Vice President Daniel Duncan, Clarisse Duncan, also attended.