By Yolanda Moyo
Government has expressed its commitment to improving livelihoods of vulnerable children across the country.
This was revealed by the Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Honorable Lovemore Matuke when he visited care homes that include John Smale Home in Bulawayo this Wednesday.
John Smale Home houses 38 children but has the capacity to take up to 72.
The institution, just like other homes across the country, is operating below capacity, prompting government to call on community leaders to identify vulnerable children in their localities that can be taken into the care of the state.
“As we government we still need to do more to try and cast our net further and see whether we can recruit more kids who are struggling to survive in the community. It is the responsibility of the government to take care of these children,” said Hon. Matuke.
He added, “When we go back we will push the issue of a vehicle so that when there are emergencies or logistical issues the institution is able to tackle all that. We are calling upon people to allow those people who are vulnerable to come and be assisted by government.
“His Excellency is determined in changing the lives of vulnerable people. In our areas of jurisdiction we have to make sure that help in the communities who are vulnerable, those kids who are not able to go to school. We are quite happy that we have space in our homes.”
Government is also working towards transforming orphanages from dormitory set up to family homes in order to boost the socialisation of the children.
“Very soon we are going to introduce a system where we are going to have homes where kids are going to stay as a family. Instead of staying in a dormitory when they come here, they have a mother and father, the same system that other children grow up in,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare also handed over groceries and wheel chairs to children living with disabilities at John Smale Home.