Dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren need ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

EDITOR — Or­phans and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren need at­ten­tion be­cause they have greater de­mands com­pared to adults who might be in the same sit­u­a­tion. These needs range from ed­u­ca­tion, cloth­ing and nu­tri­tious food yet they don’t have any­one to take care of these needs.

Al­though most or­phans are cared for by fam­ily mem­bers or com­mu­ni­ties in some way, some of these fam­i­lies are poor. This ne­ces­si­tates pub­lic as­sis­tance to pro­vide these chil­dren with ad­e­quate food, health care, cloth­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and psy­choso­cial sup­port. Po­lice Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral Dr Au­gus­tine Chi­huri did a gen­er­ous thing by ded­i­cat­ing the re­turns of the fun­fair that is held ev­ery year to these chil­dren.

If these chil­dren do not get this at­ten­tion, they re­sort to liv­ing in the streets. This be­comes a huge prob­lem be­cause it re­sults in them lead­ing a reck­less life. Most of the chil­dren in the streets de­velop habits such as drink­ing, smok­ing and steal­ing. They are also af­fected psy­cho­log­i­cally.

Such habits dis­tract them from mak­ing pro­gres­sive de­ci­sions that will im­prove their lives. Trac­ing the his­tory of the chil­dren liv­ing in the streets will bring to light that it is those who are dis­ad­van­taged that live in the streets. It is not only about ma­te­ri­al­is­tic sup­port but also that moral and emo­tional sup­port mat­ter in the lives of these chil­dren.

Clubs and pro­grammes that sup­port the vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren should be cre­ated in schools so that they can in­ter­act and discover them­selves through par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Dif­fer­ent forms of sup­port for these vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren will help. Nyarai Nyama­pande

Mar­velous Nakamba

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