Vulnerable children worry government
Mansa, September 11 2014/ZANIS—Luapula Province Gender and Child Development Coordinator Timothy Mwate has observed that the high number of vulnerable and orphaned children in the province is heart breaking.
Mr Mwate said the high number of orphaned and vulnerable children mostly in remote areas in the province are also faced with negative vices such as child abuse and child labour among others.
The Provincial Child Coordinator said government through the Ministry of Gender and Child Development is working hard to ensure the issues are addressed.
He said government is happy to see initiatives by cooperating partners that aimed at ensuring that vulnerability among the young people is addressed.
Mr Mate said this at Teja Executive Lodge in Mansa during a stakeholder’s meeting organized by Zambia Rising.
And speaking at the same function Provincial Sports and Youths Coordinator Osbert Mutale said the move by the government to build more colleges and universities will empower youths in the province.
Mr Mutale added that with the opening of trade centres will help youths to be self-empowered.
Meanwhile, Zambia Rising Luapula Province Coordinator Alex Musonda said his organisation is working closely with government to see how best the challenges can be sorted out.
Mr. Musonda noted that with more stakeholders locally and international coming on board matters affecting orphans, vulnerable children and youths will be a thing of the past.
Zambia Rising is an initiative funded by the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) that is working throughout the country to help orphaned, vulnerable children and youths.