God Cares Rights Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, has stepped up its efforts to remove children from streets in Mzuzu City by engaging block leaders from hot-spot locations.
Speaking in an interview yesterday, God Cares Rights Foundation project officer Blesco Nyangulu said the involvement of block leaders from areas will compel parents to send their children to school.
He said most children go to the streets for lack of parental care and poverty.
“We know that block leaders have authority in the communities where these children come from. So we have urged them to sensitise their subjects to the need to take the children out of the streets,” he said.
The foundation also said the block leaders will help to protect children from sexual abuse and encourage them to know their health status.
One of the block leaders, Patrick Ngwira from Chibanja Ward, said they are also concerned that children are leaving school because of financial challenges and end up on the streets.
“We will try our best to sensitise our subjects to take their children out of the streets and send them to school instead,” he said.
Ngwira commended the organisation for engaging the block leaders to join hands to keep children out of the streets.
God Cares Rights Foundation is implementing a K14 million project aimed at driving children out of the streets and sending them back to school.