Street children off the streets

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A committee has been appointed to assess the situation of street children and propose as to what could be done about the number of street children in the country, the National Child Protection Authourity (NCPA) said today

The Authourity said that they would take necessary action based on the report that is to be submitted by the committee in a month’s time. “These children are different due to their circumstances and need to be treated with special care,” said NCPA Chairperson, Anoma Dissanayake.

Ms. Dissanayke said that the Authority had in an attempt to reduce the number of street children invited children’s homes who were willing to take them in to come forward. “There were close to 420 homes that volunteered,” she said. 

She however said that, though a large number of children’s homes had come forward, they were not up to standard. “We have no alternative but to take up there offer if we want to eradicate street children in the country,” Ms. Dissanayake said.

Speaking of the 24 street children taken into custody by the Authority recently, Ms. Dissanayake said that the children were now being monitored in two children’s homes. She said that the children taken off the street in Welimada, were between the ages of 3- 14 but said that the ages of some could not be said as they had no birth certificate.

“We can not take the children directly under our care as we don’t have the necessary facilities and these children need special attention due to their circumstances,” she said. Ms. Dissanayake said that they would be monitored till the age of 18 and that a report will be submitted about their daily activities. (Nabeela Hussain)

  Comments - 12

  • Rajitha Wednesday, 16 February 2011 04:53 AM

    the same way there are are street children and homeless people in the 'developed' and rich USA

    Shyamali Tuesday, 15 February 2011 01:55 PM

    But we are a middle income country! How can there be street kids?

    sltk2004 Wednesday, 16 February 2011 05:57 AM

    Will the punishing make things better - for the parents and the kids? This is the type of social attitude that makes people kill infants.

    meranchi Tuesday, 15 February 2011 02:51 PM

    send them to rehabilitation center, what you are talking about special care now those children got any, or let them to live as it is

    malcolm Wednesday, 16 February 2011 06:29 AM

    very good thing , try to rehabilitate them

    KHKaru Tuesday, 15 February 2011 04:38 PM

    This has nothing to do with the World-Cup, I presume?! A good move anyway. These kids deserve a better life.

    SAFYY Tuesday, 15 February 2011 05:22 PM


    Dinu Wednesday, 16 February 2011 03:19 PM

    great , great go ahead thanks to country presindent

    Faqi Tuesday, 15 February 2011 08:58 PM

    Its about time this was done.

    Ranil Tuesday, 15 February 2011 09:09 PM

    Causes of homelessness, whether adult or child, are complex and will need some careful study. Like KHKaru, I too hope this isnt a Cricket WC stage setter.

    asoka abeywardena Wednesday, 16 February 2011 03:11 AM

    better to rehabilitate politicians children too...a big menace to the society...

    Anver Wednesday, 16 February 2011 03:29 AM

    Today's street kids are tomorrow's criminals. A wise decision to take.

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