Rescued OVCs are now even learning how to use a Computer
The Health Desk of Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) has rescued some orphaned and venerable children in Monze Diocese who were being abused by adults while in small shelters they have been lodging in as they go to school.
The girls are among the 20 Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) that have since been accommodated at the Catholic Church run City of Joy in Mazabuka town.
ZEC Coordinator of the project Sister Matildah Mubanga, DOR who confirmed the development said that some girls are double orphaned, vulnerable and were renting small shelters in villages as they went to school and that exposed them to abuse.
Sr. Mubanga added that World Vision Zambia, through the Empowerment, Respect and Equality Project (ERE) has since started supporting them in school.
“These Children come from disadvantaged families and were suffering in the community. It was not safe for them because they were renting in small shelters in villages as they go to school which” She said.
And Sister Mubanga has revealed that those girls that were abused have since started undergoing counselling to overcome the psychological trauma they underwent through.
“Those girls that were abused are now being counselled, and where they are now is a good place because they will be disciplined and raised with good morals. They shall be responsible girls” She said.
And City of Joy OVC Coordinator Sister Marie-Clair Mwenya, FMA indicated that the project is working well in supporting girls in achieve higher and tertiary education.
“This programme is working very well in helping girls with education in colleges and secondary schools. Without it, it could have been difficult for them to finish school. And we do not segregate, actually many of these girls are not even Catholic” She noted.