Sunday, 29 May 2022

Foundation Empowers Street Kids with Welding, Carpentry, Mechanic etc Skills

 Asuquo Cletus Felix | 28th May 2022

Despite numerous international agreements proclaiming universal rights to education, street children do not fully enjoy these rights. 

As part of efforts in contributing to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goal number four, the May&Frank Foundation, on the 27th of May Empowered over 30 Street Children in Calabar with various life skills that will see them through life.

According to the United Nations as contained in a 2016 UNICEF report, the number of street children, which the UNICEF is put at tens of millions or higher, across the globe while Calabar, the capital of Cross River State should record a minimum of 2000 of them who permanently live the street.

It was based on the background that the May&Frank Foundation, decided to use International Children's day to not only celebrate the Calabar street children but engage them in productive activities and training such as welding, carpentry, mechanic, and tailoring among others.

It is hoped that the children who were drawn from Lemna, Bogobri, as well as Marian and Goldie street, will be reformed, transformed and reintegrated into the society as productive citizens in months and years to come. 

Speaking at the event, the Founder of the May&Frank Foundation, Architect Erick Akpo represented by his wife Mrs Arit Akpo, said the gesture was part of the foundation's core mandate, stating that having identified talents amongst the children, the Foundation deemed it necessary to help them hone their skills and give them a meaningful future.

Mrs Akpo added that as a commitment to ensuring the streets are free of indolent children, the foundation is committing to always giving them opportunities to add value to their lives.

"Though they are called street Children, we see so many potentials and talents in them.  As a way of taking them off the streets, we came up with this skill program to help them.

"We don't want them on the streets again, we believe the little we can do for them through this program will add value to their lives, as we keep bringing more opportunities to them to harness and build their potential, gradually they can begin to reintegrate and contribute meaningfully to the the society." She said. 

In thank-you remarks, one of the beneficiaries of the life skill training, a street kid who identified himself as Daniel from Baise Local Government Area appreciated the organisers for the opportunity to change their lives out of the street, while praying God helps the foundation to keep doing good.

"I want to say a very big thank you to all the people who help my brothers in the street. I pray God should continue to bless and provide for all of them and help us." The young chap prayed.