The Belgian crown princess visited local villages to see the effects of UNICEF projects in the region
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Mathilde is on a five-day tour of Niger, where she experienced the local lifestyle at first hand
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PRINCESS MATHILDE MAKES CHARITY VISIT TO NIGER

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Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium travelled to the West African country of Niger this week on a solo five-day trip to evaluate at first hand her country's charity efforts in the region.

During the visit, initiated by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), Crown Prince Philippe's wife explored a number of locations where Belgian aid projects are currently underway, including Agadez, Maradi, Dosso and the capital, Niamey.

Mathilde, who was accompanied by Belgium's Minister For Cooperation Development, Marc Verwilghen, began her goodwill journey on Sunday, when she attended a gala event in Niamey.

She went on to visit some local villages soon afterward, donning a head scarf as she visited Birni N'Gourare on Wednesday. There, she chatted with people whose lives have been improved by UNICEF's many projects, as she witnessed how locals go about their daily tasks. The royal even got into the spirit of things, bucket in hand, as local women showed her how they collect water.

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