Africa today is facing an unprecedented breakdown in the structured family life as we have known it, caused by poverty and "modernization". This situation is real and is a clear and present danger to our defined social order.
Due to the increasing poverty and modernization, structured family patterns in Africa are undergoing definitive changes. Because of breakdown in family units, vulnerable youths and children are finding themselves on the metropolitan cities, without any support structure, making them susceptible to a plethora of social ills, including drug/alcohol addiction, AIDS/HIV infection and lack of basic education/ life skills. This toxic cocktail makes them ill-equipped to deal with the rest of society and puts them on a slippery path, to criminality, making them non-productive members of society. Continuous exposure to such ills, makes it almost impossible for them to escape out of this system, once they are sucked into it.
Africa due to its historic position of being a “developing” continent is most vulnerable to the problem of destitution. Already it is has been noted with alarm that besides criminality, non-functional members of society drawn from Families who are Mostly in need. create and perpetuate a culture of dependency, ultimately costing the Government billions in missed opportunities and rehabilitative efforts
Africa due to its poverty and at times apathy from central government has been vulnerable to the effects of increased destitution on the populace. The developed nations have been at the forefront of complicity in destroying the societal fabric by bringing in development, that at times was not matched with the requisite education, leaving societies to negotiate through the labyrinth of new found affluence without the necessary "skills" to handle the side effects e.g. easier access to drugs and alcohol, thus leading to family breakdowns.
Compassion Soul Winners Outreach International endeavors to lobby the African government, politicians, churches and communities to focus on the issue of reducing the number of vulnerable children and youths on the street. Africa by virtue of being the most Naturalized country on the continent must take the lead.
Compassion Soul Winners Outreach International seeks to build partnerships between Individuals Volunteers, groups and Communities Causes of Destitute Families.
The increased incident of homeless street children arises from among others:
*financial stress through increasing poverty levels in the communities
*breakdown of the family structure through moral decay
*the ease with which illicit drugs and alcohol are getting to the youths
There are approximately a million street kids in South Africa and Ghana at the moment and it is projected that these will double to two million in ten years. Clearly this cannot be allowed to spiral unchecked, as the cost in human and capital terms can wreck havoc on the African economy.
What are the options?
The world must act now and act decisively!
Worldwide governments might consider this an African problem, but unfortunately with the world now a global village, immigration trends have amply demonstrated that the incident of legal and illegal migration will feature strongly and cost the developed countries millions in the ficus each year as mobile nationals escape the perceived ills in their countries to go to greener pastures. African governments must wake up to the domestic crisis in Families.
*Central government must explore ways to provide more sustainable social welfare assistance that will protect the vulnerable in society.
*Local governments must compliment government by putting into place legislature that makes it easier for example, for private initiatives to establish "places of safety", among other initiatives.
Families halfway home” should be given explicit support. This will see homes established and enjoying official support in the form of "tax-breaks", among other incentives.
*Churches must take a lead in re-establishing the moral fibre of the nation i.e. churches through regular sermons and outreach programs must reach out to vulnerable Families to inculcate in them the message of hope through the word of God.
Not only that, it is through that, with prayers and righteousness Nations are built, but if the Church reject the Sacrificial work of God in order to Sacrifice their lives in order to help others Physically, then their faith will amount nothing.
Because the Spiritual things belong to God and the things seen belong to men.
*There is a need for more aggressive community involvement in tackling social ills on a day-to-day basis like, Jobless drug and alcohol abuse, under-age sexual exploitation, school drop outs and truancy and other social ills be-devilling the community.
*Local governments must be more pro-active in their support for social initiatives to tackle these social problems, by putting into law measures that will make it easier to establish and run a sustainable charity enterprise Not self Enterprise only.
instead of Medias must promote Social services in our Communities to engaige Community members to help for Social Change, some of them are rataher promoting sexual Music, movies immoral activities, and they comes back to blame Government, Organizations and some Churches.
Compassion Soul Winners, aim to proceed and conduct Programs with all our Network, To Keep Children Off The Streets to stay together with their Families. Various initiatives will be instituted to educate and make the children/youths aware of the dangers of keeping on the streets. These initiatives will be in many forms, but will aim to make it attractive for children to choose safety to "freedom".
.Teaching/ Counseling For the Vulnerable
The program will ensure that a Counselor is always available for the vulnerable to counsel and guide them, so that they may become morally upright and not be easily swept back into their former life. Parents or the general community will be encouraged to participate in the re-rehabilitation of the street kids and offer them moral support. All teaching will have a strong Godly ethos and Sachologist expect.
The program will continue to afford feeding schemes for some vulnerable children who are not in the program, be they within a family group or be they in the street. This will decrease the incident of those within dis-advantaged families dropping into the street. The ones on the streets might decide to join the program after inter-acting with the "feeders".
The program will network with similar initiatives Volunteers and other welfare Volunteer to create a strong community of welfare and health.
The program will as a necessity, run sustainable fund raising programs to establish it firmly with our Network
As a small organization that works very closely and in partnership with an International and local Communities, the Board members will meet once in the month or twice, Interceding for all our Network.