Written by Silas Kibet Kemboi
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As the world prepares to mark the World Aids Orphans Day tomorrow, Bungoma residents have been urged to show love, care and support orphans from the region.
Speaking during a meeting at the district children’s office in Bungoma County, organized in preparation for the day, the chairman of the Consultative Children’s Centre Organization Mr. David Wafula said, statistics show there are millions of untold human suffering stories.
He called upon individuals, families and stakeholders to adopt united actions in supporting and caring for the orphans
“We have many vulnerable children, street children who may not necessarily be orphans but are also a challenge and we need more stakeholders to give these children a good life,” he added.
He called on the residents to turn out in large numbers and converge at the Kanduyi orphanage for to offer their support.
“Despite slow progress in funding, preventing and treating AIDS; the world is ignoring the basic needs of millions of vulnerable children,” he said.
Few resources are reaching the families and communities that provide the front-line response, even though they provide the vast majority of care and support to orphaned and vulnerable children.
The chairman warned a generation will be lost if we do not take urgent measures to support the basic rights of children, and the families and communities that care for them.
The meeting was attended by sponsors of the activity among them Creadis, Ace Africa Global Children’s Moment, Aphia Plus, Bungoma Home Based Care Programme, churches like Salvation Army, Ac and the Muslim community among others who promised to contribute and make the day a success.
WAOD was initiated in 2002 by Albina du Boisrouvray, President and Founder of FXB, to bring attention to the millions of children affected by AIDS.
Every May 7, FXB organizes a grassroots campaign to bring attention to the plight of children affected by AIDS and advocate on their behalf.
WAOD advocates call on their home governments to direct at least 10% of all HIV and AIDS funding to support orphans and children made vulnerable by the pandemic.
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