The richest man in the world and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has just joined Instagram from Tanzania where he is presumably working on one of his Foundation’s philanthropic projects.
Bill Gates who joined Instagram with the handle thisisbillgates on Friday, August 11, 2017, already has over 20, 100 followers. His first posts are a few photos of himself in Tanzania with the caption below:
“Hello from Tanzania, Instagram!
“I just had a great lunch with some amazing kids at Kicheba Primary School in Muheza and met Upendo Mwingira, a remarkable physician who has dedicated her career to fighting neglected tropical diseases.
“Melinda and I have been coming to Tanzania for many years now. I always love seeing how much progress the country has made to improve health and provide opportunity. Plus, the scenery is stunning.
“Whenever I travel to places like this, I wish others could come along and meet the people I get to meet. I have no doubt it would leave them as optimistic as I am about progress happening around the world. I’ll be sharing photos from my adventures here on Instagram, and I hope you’ll follow along.”
The Microsoft co-founder is in Tanzania to inspect the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which focuses on improving people’s health and well-being and helping individuals lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty.
Following his visit, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday, August 10, pledged to spend 350 million U.S. dollars in funding development projects, including agriculture and health in Tanzania.
A statement by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at the State House said Bill Gates announced the donation shortly after he had held talks with President John Magufuli.
The world’s richest man worth an estimated $89.5 billion, said his Foundation will continue cooperating with the east African nation in improving health, particularly in minimizing deaths related to pregnant women, according to the statement.
The statement signed by the Director of Presidential Communication at House, Gerson Msigwa said the financial assistance will also fund projects aimed at eliminating malaria, curbing malnutrition and improving nutrition. The funds will also help improve agricultural production, production of quality seeds and improve livestock keeping.
“Bill Gates has been impressed by economic reforms being undertaken in Tanzania under the leadership of President Magufuli,” said the statement.
The world’s richest man also promised to be a regular visitor to Tanzania to follow up on the implementation of projects funded by his Foundation.
On his part, President Magufuli thanked The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for funding various development projects in the country. He also assured Gates that his government will closely monitor the implementation of the projects for the benefit of the citizens.