LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has set aside K2 million to empower families whose children are living on the streets in different parts of the country.
The family empowerment programme will be done before to re-integrate children living on the streets with their families.
Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Moses Mawere confirmed the development in an interview in Lusaka recently.
“The money to re-integrate the children with their families is available. We are encouraging parenting so that these kids can grow up in a family set up,’’ he said.
Mr Mawere said only children whose parents will not be traced will be taken to orphanages across the country.
He said in an ideal situation, a child should be raised in a home and not on the streets.
Mr Mawere said the re-integration process will start by first identifying the family where the child comes from.
He said before re-integrating the child into their family, the family will require to undergo counselling.
Mr Mawere said in an event that the family where the child comes from is vulnerable, Government will empower the family.
He said Government has decided to empower vulnerable families so that they can have the capacity to take care of their children.
Mr Mawere said some of the children prefer living on the streets because they come from very poor households.
He however said that poverty should not be the reason to drive a child away from home and start living on the streets because a home environment is better than being on the street.