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‘STREET KIDS NEED LOVE, CARE’

By SANFROSSA MANYINDA
WE see a lot of street kids getting back to the streets in the central business district (CBD) due to lack of concerted efforts and poor planning by stakeholders, Change Mindset Zambia has observed.

Change Mindset Zambia Executive Director, Geoffrey Musonda, said that some stakeholders did not make follow-ups on relocated street kids, who needed proper care and love.
Mr Musonda was speaking in an interview in Kitwe.
“Plans to have all of them relocated were made lf which some of them were taken to different children’s homes, but the situation that they find in these homes make them run back to the streets,” he said.
Mr Musonda noted that kids deserved to experience love and proper care once taken to children homes so that they could not at any point miss where they came from.
He said that children experience so much freedom while on the streets, stating that sacrifices of love and extra care were needed to keep the children in their new homes.
He said the need for proper planning before executing the programme could not be overemphasized.
Mr Musonda called on well-wishers to show love and care to the children as if they were their own.
A team of state police, officers from the Ministry of Sport Youth and Child Development as well as council police relocated the street children from the CBD.
A few weeks later, the kids ran back to the streets and the number has been increasing day by day.

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