Due to circumstances beyond their control, teenage girls some as young as five years old have made the streets of Harare their home spending most of their time begging for money and food with no prospects of ever getting a chance to make it in life.
A day should certainly come for the street child to be treasured just like any other kid, to be treated with so much love and be given all the support that a child deserves.
While their age mates are attending school, these young girls are taught to depend, lie and appear as desperate as possible.
They spend most of their time roaming about the busy streets of Harare and begging is the only act of survival best known to them.
“We come here every day. Our parents send us on the streets to beg for money while they wait for us somewhere. We do not go to school and we certainly hope one day some people will help us achieve our educational dream,” said some of the streets kids.
Creating better spaces for girls in the 2030 agenda for sustainable development requires urgent action to eliminate the many root causes of discrimination that still curtail girls and women’s rights in society.
It is the duty of every citizen to strengthen the capacity of low income children to become sustainable future leaders and responsible citizens.