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Don't abandon children with NGOs - parents told

By Noah Jagwe

Added 19th December 2017 03:16 PM

Parents have been cautioned against producing children they cannot look after.

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Parents have been cautioned against producing children they cannot look after.

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Parents have been asked to stop shifting their responsibilities of looking after children to NGOs and other entities.

Wakiso district probation officer Mary Nakazibwe said a number of parents stop caring for their children once they realise NGOs can offer help.

"According to the Principal Children’s Act, parents are supposed to perform the primary role of caring for children, not NGOs, government or probations fficers.

“The primary role is with you the parents. The government only intervenes in the absence of the parent,” Nakazibwe said.

Nakazibwe was speaking at a family empowerment workshop at Namirembe church.

George Sekalala, the programme officer at African Hearts Organisation, said after they rescue children from the streets, the parents do not want them back home.

He cited mistreatment, poverty and domestic violence as the major contributing factors to children abandoning their respective homes.

Kampala probation officer Mayanja Peter Lwanga cautioned parents against producing children they cannot look after.

“We should not bear children for organizations to take care of. Children do not belong to organisations and probation officers. Let organisations only come in to help,” Mayanja said.

Wakiso district has close to 136 organisations that care for about 15,000 children.

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