GROUNDS of child abandonment are many but poverty and homelessness are often noteworthy causes.
No doubt people living in countries with poor social welfare systems like Zambia, and who are not financially talented of taking care of a child are more likely to abandon their children because of a lack of resources.
Child abandonment often arises when a parent, guardian, or person in charge of a child either deserts a child without any regard for the child’s corporal health, protection or welfare.
Routinely they do it with the tenacity of solely abandoning the child, or in some cases, fail to provide needed care for a child living under their roof.
When all hope is gone and lost, desertion seems to be the only way out when a parent’s choice is to malevolently reserve physical, expressive, and financial support from a minor child.
In other words, abandonment takes place when the parent fails to validate his or her parental errands and opts not to have contact with his or her child.
However the most common million dollar question is, “How could a parent do that but sadly, parents who abandon their children often do so because they believe they are debilitated to provide the adoring and monetary equilibrium the child needs.
The story of a 13-year-old abandoned Mpika girl finding a home at one of Lusaka orphanages is an archetypal example of those slipshod parents who resort to abandoning their children.
True there are those children whose parents have died and there is nobody to look after them and end up on the streets but that is a dissimilar story all together.
The girl who has found refuge at one of the orphanages in Lusaka after going through tear-jerking experiences of life told the Sun newspaper how it all happened.
She said both her parents died when she was young and her mother’s sisters rejected her, forcing her to be on the streets.
In tears, the girl narrated how she was abandoned and later found refuge at the orphanage in Lusaka she now calls her home.
The Sun: Tell us about yourself
Girl: What happened in life is that my mum and dad died, and I was living with my mother’s young sister who is an alcoholic.
(Mu life yandi ba mammy naba daddy balifwa naleikala naba aunty abaiche baba mammy amanwa sana ubwalya)
My aunt was tired of keeping me and decided to take me to Kitwe to a relative in 2017 and when I reached the home, I was chased away..
(Balinakile ukusunga nokunjeba ati banaka ukusunga balantyala ku Kitwe kuli ba aunty. Elo nafikile baisa bantanfya)
I became a street child until I went back to my aunt, she again chased me and told me she would find me transport and take me to Lusaka.
(Nali street kid until nabwekele ku Mpika, ba aunty balinjebele ati balantwala ku Lusaka)
When I came to Lusaka, I was staying at City Market police because there was no one to receive me.
(Epo nafikile ku Lusaka takwali uwakunsendako naleikala pa city market)
None of my family members came to look for me to date and I was wondering the central business district (CBD) for a week and sleeping at the police waiting to be picked up.
(Nalelala pa police and nalepitana fye mu town for one week)
I gathered up some courage and told the police about my situation. They took me to social welfare centre where I was told I would be taken to an orphanage.
(Nalibeba baka pokola baisa bantwala ku social welfare eba twele ku orphanage)
I came to the orphanage in 2018. I am happy here and I feel like the founder of the orphanage is my mother because they really take good care of me.
Government and other stakeholders such as the Church and civil society organisations need to come together and find a solution to reducing the predominance of child abandonment in Zambia.