Street kids numbers alarming – NGO

THE increasing number of street kids especially in Lusaka is a sign that the extended family system in Zambia has broken down, says the Christian Initiative against the Vulnerable in Zambia coordinator Winston Chileshe.

He said there was need for all Zambians to show love and care in order to solve the problem of the broken down extended family system.

Mr Chileshe said it was unfortunate that many children who could have been kept by relatives of their deceased parents ended up without care. He said Zambians should put into practice the principles of Zambia as a Christian nation by showing compassion and love for one another.

He said his organization was working on programmes to adopt street kids so that they felt at home as well.

“There are a lot of skills that these children to become part of society and contribute to the country’s growth,’’ Mr Chileshe said.

He said there was an alarming increase in the number of street kids and the Government should not turn a blind eye to the problem.

Mr Chileshe said it was worrying that some street kids in Lusaka had turned into a den of criminals where were in the night ambushing innocent people.

He appealed to Government to address the plight of street kids to lessen their burden.

Mr Chileshe said Lusaka streets were no longer safe because of street kids who were now working with thieves to attack and steal people’s property.

“It is also unfortunate that many children who could have been kept by relatives of their deceased parents ended up without any care because Zambians had abandoned the extended family system,” he said.

Mr Chileshe commended organizations helping the needy to continue doing so as they would be rewarded for their good works.

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