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Kids on the street bear the scars of dysfunctional families

Street kidsFR JOHN M GLYNN | WeCare News

I would not care to guess how many young people like these are on the streets and in the settlements and market places around our city.

I am currently supporting nine young people through school. One boy is the sole support of his father who was blinded by a shotgun blast in a shoot-out with police some years ago. He raises chickens for sale while attending a technical education school.

There are also girls in Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 11 and Grade 12 at high school. Only two of them live with their mothers. The others are without any supportive family.

I have been paying for hostel accommodation for three of them while the others fend for themselves, living with the families of school friends and moving every now and then to another family.

There are three young women all of whom have a history of suffering abuse of every sort while they were growing up. They bear the scars on their bodies of burns, knife wounds, beatings and in one case a bullet wound.

Some are AIDS orphans and all bear the psychological scars that go with the endless experience of rejection. They are emotionally very vulnerable.

They come to my house on Saturday mornings and I feed them, give them pocket money, rent money and money for clothes and school materials. I pay for their medical needs.

They have something else in common too. They are all determined to complete their education and create a good life for themselves. These young people are becoming a special project of the Foundation for Women and Children at Risk (WeCARe!).

WeCARe! Foundation: PO Box 1099 Boroko NCD, Papua New Guinea. Email [email protected]


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