POVERTY and the disease burden such as HIV/AIDS have been a major cause of orphaned children in Zambia, says a non-governmental organization.
Christian Alliance for Children in Zambia business development officer Salinda Kasoma said most men and women have continued to dump and neglect children because they could not provide for them financially.
She added that it was sad to see some children being abandoned by guardians who were expected to care for them.
The over-abundance of orphaned children that have been abandoned and ignored in Zambia has increased to over 1 million.
She said orphaned and abandoned infants have safe and secure child welfare options through temporary crisis care homes.
“Here at Christian Alliance for Children we take care of babies from 0 to 5 years; these children have two major stories – it’s either the mother died during child birth and there’s no one left to take care of them or the parent cannot afford to provide for the child,” she said.
She added that the new Zambian syndrome of ‘‘me and my family’’ should come to an end as it was disrupting the African family set-up.
“Our organisation has come on board to help take the vulnerable population out of the street and out of danger,” she said