The Association of Burundian Residents in Zambia has called on parents and guardians in the country to stop all forms of stigma, discrimination and abandonment of children.
Association chairman Emile Masabakiza says stigmatizing, discriminating and abandoning children has got a psychological effect on them.
Reverend Masabakiza says children must be the loved, cared for, respected and emotionally supported in a holistic manner.
He said this when the association presented a donation worth K31, 000 to Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre.
The donated items include assorted food stuffs, drinks, educational materials, utensils and a bale of mosquito nets.
And Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre Director Angela Miyanda commended the association for the donation.
Mrs. Miyanda called on other organisations in the country to also help in creating an environment that is safe for children.
She said improving the well-being of children should not just be left to parents alone.
Kabwata Transit Centre serves over 500 under-privileged children.
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