Youth Organization Promotes Street children in Sierra Leone
By Aruna Turay
Sep 13, 2007, 14:38
Peer Group Movement for Better Future (PMBF),a youth organization based in Lumley in the West End of Freetown on Monday 10th September 2007 donated used clothing, food items, shoes and other basic necessities worth about Le.764,000 to over fifty street children in a campaign dubbed ‘Promotion for street children’. These children were primarily targeted because of their deplorable living conditions as most of them have no fixed abode in addition to the complete lack of parental care. All the beneficiaries are said to be eking out their living in market places in the Lumley, Goderich, Malama and Aberdeen communities respectively.
According to the chairman of the Organization, Mr. Sallieu Kamara, they took up this venture after taking thorough view of the contents of the just enacted Child Rights Act as they concluded that being the most precious natural resources, children should not be left out. "As the PMDF is looking forward to seeing a well structured Sierra Leone, we can not sit idly by to see them living in miserable conditions. It is this that has . Prompted our action by independently raising funds through our member’s monthly subscriptions and individual donations to undertake this philanthropic gesture," the chairman said.
Also speaking to this press, the Public Relation Officers, Mr. Foday Fowai noted that their campaign is not only going to be limited to the street children in Freetown, but have intentions of extending it to all the other three regions in the country. He said their target is to meet the needs of about six hundred street children nationwide; and that they also embark on film shows and other children’s games to make them have some sense of belonging in society.
He took the opportunity to appeal to Donor Agencies and Non Governmental Organizations that seek the interest of children to come to their aid by means of making funds available to them to make their campaign a success.
In expressing thanks and appreciation, one of the beneficiaries, Komba Kelley, said he is thankful to PMBF for affording him those needed items which will greatly improve his condition. Asked by our reporter why he decided to stay in the streets, he had this to say: "I lost my father during the war and my mother is so sick that she can not support me now. She is staying with her friend in a single room which can not accommodate all of us. So I have nobody to care for me that is why I decided to fend for myself in the streets." He however, said that he wants to go to school if he has the support as he wants to become a medical doctor in future to help his ailing mother.