MINISTER of Home Affairs Edgar Lungu says the serious consequences of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis-related deaths in Lusaka’s Misisi township have subjected children to misery and driven many into streetism.
Mr Lungu, who is also Chawama member of Parliament (MP), said he has been working hard to better the lives of many children but the deaths resulting from communicable diseases have left a lot with no hope for a better future.
“The serious consequences of HIV and AIDS and tuberculosis in Misisi have subjected many children to misery, leaving them with no hope for a better future, hence they end up on the streets,” he said.
Mr Lungu said this when he officiated at the donation of the K4,000 worth of foodstuffs by Shoprite Checkers and Hungry Lion in conjunction with Eternal Life Assembly Church to the Christian Mission in Many Lands (CMML) Children’s School in Lusaka’s Misisi yesterday.
The minister said rising unemployment and deaths have contributed to the increase in the number of street kids, adding that many orphans in the area do not receive adequate quality education and health care.
“This in turn increases the burden on society. The number of street kids in Misisi keeps rising by the day, which also leaves the girl child with no option but to be forced into sex work for survival,” he said.
Representative of Shoprite and Hungry Lion Tinta Chona said the shop makes the donation annually to give back to the community.
Mr Chona called upon other business houses to look into the plight of the vulnerable and help to eradicate poverty through such activities.
And CMML Children’s School head teacher Lillian Bwalya said the school is facing numerous challenges ranging from infrastructure, teachers and teaching materials.
SOURCE: Zambia Daily Mail