9 January 2013

Zambia: Ndola Street Kids to Be Relocated At Last

NDOLA has received KR150,000 (K150 million) from the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child protection to relocate street kids.

Ndola District Commissioner (DC) Rebby Chanda confirmed the development in an interview in Ndola yesterday.

Mr Chanda said 18 street kids had since been rounded up by the local authority for relocation and empowerment through education and income generating skills training.

He said the street kids had been taken to Chicetekelo Youth Rehabilitation Centre.

The centre which owned by the Catholic Church runs skills training programmes aimed at helping the youths generate income.

Mr Chanda said about KR100,000 was used for the kids' domestic needs that included food, transport, and clothing as well as to cater for the older street kids to start businesses.

"This is an ongoing programme, we are still getting the kids out of the city, these 18 male street kids volunteered to be part of the programme, we managed get them with the help of the police," he said.

Mr Chanda said among the 18, seven were over aged and could not be rehabilitated from Chicetekelo youth centres but would be empowered with about KR500 each to help them start businesses.

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