Government through the ministry of Gender and Child Development has empowered nine street children with income generating activities that have been removed them from the streets in Ndola district.
Ndola District Commissioner Rebby Chanda said this during the handover of groceries to children who were withdrawn from the streets and trained in running of small businesses.
Mr. Chanda said the programme of removing street kids from the streets is aimed at making them better citizens hence the empowerment programme for them to become self-reliant.
He said the nine that have been empowered will be monitored as government does not want to have the children go back on the streets when they fail to run their businesses.
He has since urged them to be good examples and ensure that their businesses flourish in order for them to employ their friends.
Mr. Chanda further stated that parents should not send their children on the streets in order for government to help them with income generating activities as this will defeat the purpose of removing the street children from the streets.
And speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Victor Suse who has been living in the streets for 30 years thanked government for the initiative and called on his friends not to go back to the streets.