ZOE orphan Empowerment reduces the number of juvenile offenders in Madisi

On 4th September, 2013  ZOE Orphan Empowerment program  hosted representatives from the office of Dowa DC, Social welfare, police, local chiefs and the healthcare department. They conducted a ZOE familiarization tour.

Mr John Washali - Social Welfare Officer for Dowa district arriving at ZOE office

Mr John Washali – Social Welfare Officer for Dowa district arriving at ZOE office

Mr Washali and Mr Kamanga being welcomed by Catholic University students

Mr Washali and Mr Kamanga being welcomed by Catholic University students

The team visited individual and group ZOE projects.

The visit team going into the field

The visit team going into the field

Washali admiring a table that is being done a ZOE child who is in carpentry training

Washali admiring a table that is being done a ZOE child who is in carpentry training

The team also visited Loyce Banda who owns a hair dressing salon

The team also visited Loyce Banda who owns a hair dressing salon

Grace Banda showing her tailoring skills to Mr Washali and Mr Kamanga

Grace Banda showing her tailoring skills to Mr Washali and Mr Kamanga

Kafa, a chairperson for Chimwemwe working group explaining their building project to the team

Kafa, a chairperson for Chimwemwe working group explaining their building project to the team

Chaiperson of Lonjezo working group explaining about their group project. They are moulding bricks to construct a kraal for pigs

Chaiperson of Lonjezo working group explaining about their group project. They are moulding bricks to construct a kraal for pigs

Giving his speech after the tour,  Constable Sungani Nalutepa, a child Protection officer from police explained  that 67% of the juvenile crimes in Madisi are caused either from single parents or from  guardians other than parents or were living alone at the time of  arrest. The only logical conclusion from this contrast is that  children/young persons from this group are more likely to commit  crime than those from two-parent homes. In other words among the  causes for the juvenile crime are poverty, broken homes and single  parent homes, homelessness and being an orphan.

“Police recognises that crime prevention is not just about protecting children who are about to fall into bad association but also includes providing the best possible care and socio-economic support as well as ZOE is doing,  to minimse children’s chances of resorting to crime. We used to have an average of 10 juvenile offenders per month, with the coming of ZOE, the number has reduced to an average of 3 junile offenders per month” said Nakutepa

Mr James Kamanga from the Child Labour department added that ZOE is also helping to reduce child labour in Madisi. These children used to be employed in tobacco farms because they are a source of cheap labour. With ZOE, they are empowered and no longer work for someone but for themselves.

The local chiefs also added that a lot of organizations have cheated them but not ZOE. “We are no longer settling theft issues involving orphans and vulnerable children in our communities as ZOE has absorbed them all and gave them something to do” said group village Headman Masamani.

The team that visited ZOE orphan Empowerment program

The team that visited ZOE orphan Empowerment program

 

I have a vision, a day is coming when Madisi will be free of juvenile offenders. Thanks to ZOE Orphan Empowerment Program!!!!

 

By Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo

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One Response to ZOE orphan Empowerment reduces the number of juvenile offenders in Madisi

  1. Daniel mhone says:

    Yes what a program that empowers our communities God is good and we live with a future an hope now. Great work Mercy

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