Kabwe, 12 December, 2020 / 2:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Plans to put up a dwelling place for street children suffering from substance abuse and those who are mentally disturbed are underway in Zambia’s Kabwe Diocese, the leadership of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) has announced.
In a Thursday, December 10 report, SDB officials say that funds have been obtained to build what will be called “House of Hope” in the informal settlement of Makululu located in the Zambian Diocese.
“The aim of the project is to create a home and provide specialized care for street children aged between 8 and 15 with addiction problems or mental disorders,” they say in the report published by Agenzia Info Salesiana, SDB’s communication agency.
Set to be completed by November 2021 with funding from the Salesian Missionary Foundation (SMF) in Warsaw, Poland, the house will also be used to welcome the children who wander the alleys of the neighborhood of the nearby slums of Kabwe, SDB officials add in the report obtained by ACI Africa.
At an estimated cost of US$26,485.00, the project will involve the construction of the house, the purchase of necessary equipment and the provision of food and assistance to at least 10 minors. The assistance will include individual psychological therapy and psychiatric treatment 24 hours a day, officials of the 161-year-old Religious Institute say.