Bwalo Initiative in Zomba has offered free vocational skills training to 58 street kids as one way of economically empowering them.
Program Manager for Bwalo Initiative, Harry Phiri, disclosed this in an interview on Tuesday that after the training, the street kids are now working in different capacities and some own their own shops.
“The vocational trainings we offer to these kids provide them with room to own shops after graduating. This graduates them from dependency life to self-reliance,” said Phiri.
Phiri categorized the street kids he was working with in three: school dropouts, those who were abused by selling commodities around the street and homeless children who left their homes because of family issues and poverty.
He said vocational training is one of the initiatives to protect children from engaging into immoral behaviour.
However, the organization expressed concern over the behaviour of some people who still assist street kids with money and food which he said promotes their availability in the street.
“When people give them handouts, street kids enjoy such life as they grow older but later become criminals, putting peoples’ lives and property in danger,” Phiri said.
One of the graduates at Bwalo Initiative Centre who is now working as a carpenter, Patrick Gilbert, said the organization has assisted him to become a productive citizen.
He advised his fellow youth to refrain from engaging in immoral behaviour which may result into committing different crimes in the community.-MANA