Take street kids into your homes, child activists say

Take street kids into your homes, child activists say
Monday, 5th February, 2007     

By Rehema Aanyu

CHILD rights activists have appealed to the public to take in destitute children in order to remove them from the streets of Kampala.

Willie Otim, Commissioner for Youth and Children Affairs in the Ministry of Labour, made the appeal recently at a child-fostering seminar in Kampala.

He said Kampala is currently facing a phenomenally high influx of homeless and destitute children who need to be welcomed into loving homes.

“Rather than sending these children to rehabilitation centres, fostering some of them is the cheapest way of removing them from the streets of Kampala,” Otim said.

He said: “What these destitute children need is to be welcomed into love-filled homes.”

Kampala Woman Member of Parliament Nabilah Naggayi recently accused Karamoja Members of Parliament of being behind this influx, but they slammed her assertions as baseless.

Otim said children who grow up in foster homes have a better chance of survival than those who are committed to rehabilitation centres.

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