GOVERNMENT is considering funding the SOS children’s village


GOVERNMENT says it is considering funding the Save Our Souls children’s village to enable it continue supporting orphans and other vulnerable children.
Meanwhile, Government has started helping vulnerable families financially in an attempt to improve their livelihood and eventually make them self-sufficient.
Speaking during the familiarisation tour of the SOS village yesterday, Gender and Child Development Minister Inonge Wina said the village needs to be supported because of its commitment to improving the lives of the orphaned and vulnerable children in society.
She noted that the institution needed so much help because it was not easy to raise and keep a child and that is why Government was considering to help the village.
“The other good thing I noted is that this village brings together vulnerable children and those from normal families together and this enables them to exchange ideas and information and they both feel part of each other’s worlds,” said the Minister.
And SOS children’s village national director Bwalya Melu commended Government over the decision to consider helping the institution.
Mr Melu said the village did not have enough resources now because the donors who used to give it support have pulled out.
He said the need to help the vulnerable and orphans was greater than the resources available.
“We are supporting close to 820 thousand children and over 30 thousand patients at our hospital. Already you can see that the need is greater than the resources we are currently having.
“SOS children’s village has its presence in the Kitwe, Lusaka, Chipata and Livingstone and we are looking at going countrywide, that is why we are in need of resources,” said Mr Melu.