—-Government says it will continue to support initiatives that aim at uplifting the welfare of orphans and vulnerable children in society.
Rufunsa District Commissioner, Paul Kasongo, says the state will spare no effort to ensure orphans are well looked after for them to have decent lives that so they can also play their role and contribute to the development of the nation.
Mr Kasongo said government desires to see that every child in the country, irrespective of their social status, has access to basic human needs such as education, health and shelter for them to also have a fair share of the country’s resources.
The DC said this is why government attaches great importance to programmes and ventures that promote the wellbeing of orphans and vulnerable children.
He was speaking when Nyamphande Orphanage and Community School in Rufunsa district held a Christmas luncheon today for the 769 orphaned children at the institution.
Mr Kasongo commended Nyamphande Orphanage management for the initiative, saying it has helped to ensure that the lives of hundreds of orphans in the district are well taken care of.
The DC urged other cooperating partners to also come on board and help supplement government’s effort in looking after less privileged people in society.
He further directed heads of government departments in the district to come up with a fundraising committee that will raise financial resources for programmes to assist vulnerable children in the area.
Mr Kasongo also urged Nyamphande orphanage to expand the missions in order to reach out to many more orphans and vulnerable children across the country.
Rufunsa District Education Board Secretary, Peter Ndhlovu, said he will send four teachers to the community school in January, next year.
Mr Ndhlovu said the community has what it takes to be an examination centre and will, therefore, do everything possible to facilitate the elevation of the school as a centre.
Meanwhile, Nyamphande Orphanage foundling president, John Mambo, thanked companies that provided financial support to the orphanage for it to be able to hold the Christmas luncheon so that orphans at the centre could also have something to celebrate about.
Bishop Mambo, who is Church of God overseer, said there is need for society to look after orphans and vulnerable so that they do not feel like second-class citizens.