Children might not be considered to be grown enough to have rights but just like adults, children deserve to be treated right in accordance to the Children’s Rights Act.
I don’t interact with children as much but last year I became an aunt to my niece, and this year am a godmother. This means I’ll have to interact with kids in one way or another. And I’ll ensure kids are treated in accordance to their rights since my niece and goddaughter fall under that category as well.
Ever since I cleared from College, I’ve been on the road for internship and jobs and that means am always somewhere different or the same place for sometime.
Since last year October, I’ve been working in Nairobi town and the drama that happens on the streets with children is just onto another level. Parents force/send their children to sell/force people to buy items/goods on the street. This is for pity purposes, they know if a kid follows you and even pull you behind, you will have to buy whatever items they’re selling out of pity while they’re watching from a far. Dare you touch that kid, it’ll be the end of you, maybe.
Other parents use their children to beg instead. They bring infants to the street with them so that people can pity them and give them money out of pity and for the child’s sake. It’s become a business which is generating good income for alot.
Others strike deals with other parents so that they can lend them their children and later in the day, they’ll return the child with some money of course.
This is what is happening in the streets and we’re wondering why street families are increasing in number.
No, am not saying all street families and children aren’t needy, yes most of them are, and I hope I could do something to help all of them but I know one day God will bless me enough to help most if not all of them.
As much as street families are needy and we the society are obligated to give them alms, those that are fit and healthy should struggle to get blue collar jobs that they can handle. Laziness might be a setback but everybody has got to struggle for their own good and parents should ensure they protect their children from exploitation and give them the best they can.
As for everyone who hustles and makes a living using the right means, Happy Labor Day. May God bless the work of your hands.
Protect a child today, for he/she is the future of tomorrow.