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`Helping orphans vital in war on begging`

18th December 2012
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Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI), who operate under the Roman Catholic Church, have said that lives of desperate orphans in the country can be changed from beggars to producers if the community, government and other stakeholders would cooperate, guide and support them acquire vocational training.

Speaking during the second graduation ceremony of orphan girl children who were the victims of child trafficking and who have completed their course at DMI centre held over the weekend in Dar es Salaam, programme coordinator, Sr. Amala Francis said that if orphans were empowered in terms of computer knowledge, tailoring, and other income generating skills they would be able to stand on their own feet rather than becoming a burden to the community.

“These 22 orphans who have graduated today in different vocational training fields, have acquired knowledge and skills to challenge life,” she said.

She urged parents and guardians to encourage and guide them in the right path so that they can produce and lead better lives.

She added that most of the time parents think that girls are a burden to the family; it is a very wrong perception because they are a source of development of the family.

Citing activities undertaken by the centre to empower the orphans, Sr. Amala said that the centre has equipped and empowered the orphans on computer knowledge, tailoring, beauty saloon and other income generating skills such as soap making, candle making and food processing.

She said the aim was to enable them catch the fish rather than giving them fish so that they can go on fishing themselves and manage their own lives.

She said the government needs to put some more efforts to support children and give them education.

Earlier, the guest of honour, John Merikion from Press, development and cultural department of the German Embassy to Tanzania said that orphans needed support like other children to fully realise their potentialities.

He said the German Embassy was aware of the problems facing orphans and that is why it has been supporting the centre in terms of teaching and learning facilities.

During the graduation, the 22 orphans’ graduates who were the victims of child trafficking received certificates and displayed different products they had made in their one year of inspecting training course.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN