International Street Children Day : Govt urged to protect street children from exploitation

KARACHI: A large numbers of street children engaged in various activities ranging from vendors to child begging indicated that the problem of street children was increasing with the passage of time.

The situation was getting bad to worse as no data of homeless children has been collected by the state and civil society organisations since last ten years.

This was stated by speakers during a rally to mark International Street Children Day in order to highlight the plight of the street children and public awareness. DevCon, An Association for Rural Development organised the event held at Karachi Press Club.

The day is celebrated across the world on April 12. The day provides a platform for the millions of children on the streets around the world – and their champions – to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored. This year’s theme for the International Day for Street Children is “Identity”.

“Situation is getting worse for street children. There is no legal action taken to protect the children from the worst exploitation especially child labor, child sexual abuses and child trafficking,” said Khan Muhammad Mangi, project coordinator at DevCon.

He said in the provincial capital there were two forms of street children those who were accompanying with families but spent all day on street and return in the evening to their homes in slums. Second category is of those children who live on streets permanently.

Speakers said growing population, unorganized urbanization, abject poverty, man-made and natural disasters have forced, catalyzed and enhanced the peoples’ vulnerability and left the children to live and work on the streets.

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Global Hand Washing Day Celebration

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Global Hand washing day is a way to support a global and local culture of hand washing with soap and raise awareness about the benefits of hand washing with soap. Since 2010, Global Hand washing Day has been celebrated annually on October 15 by DevCon to promote healthy practice in school aged children (School going and out of School), teachers and families.


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Millions of children under the age of 5 years die from diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, the top two killers of young children around the world.

Hand washing is not only simple and inexpensive, but remarkably, hand washing with soap can dramatically cut the number of young children who get sick.

Hand washing with soap could prevent about 1 out of every 3 episodes of diarrheal illnesses and almost 1 out of 6 episodes of respiratory infection like pneumonia.