The ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs has formerly launched the 'street and other vulnerable children's reintegration program' to holistically address the issue of street children in the country.

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Solving the problem of street children can only be found if Tanzanians are willing to provide informal education to these children.

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When a child loses a parent to HIV/AIDS, grief counselling helps with the trauma of loss, but when the child is both poor and orphaned, the chances of a fulfilling life are significantly diminished.

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There is a growing recognition in Eastern and Southern Africa that child-sensitive protection policies are a critical way to provide a social safety net for the region’s poorest and most vulnerable children. Recently, Members of Parliament from across the region committed to pass better aimed at creating social policies that protect children.

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Association of Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Non Governmental Organisations of Nigeria (AONN) yesterday warned of an imminent epidemic if the rising population of OVC in Nigeria put at 17.5 million in 2008 and a seeming lackadaisical approach to issues relating to these groups of children by government departments and agencies responsible for them are not urgently addressed.

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In order to curb the high incidence of orphans and vulnerable children, Community Art Development Initiative (CADI), embarked on a campaign to sensitise the public on the danger of poor rate of girl child enrolment in schools as well as challenges faced by orphans and vulnerable children in the country.

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Two small boys play quietly on a jungle gym, some distance away from other children. The six-year-old twins, who live at the Masigcine children's centre in Mfuleni township, 35 kilometres out of Cape Town, are severely traumatised from being orphaned at the age of one and have difficulty relating to their peers.

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The status of orphaned and vulnerable children caused a stir in the National Assembly on Tuesday night as the House debated the Gender and Child Welfare Ministry's budget for the year.

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Almost half a million (419 144) children in South Africa are growing up without both parents, a Human Science Research Council study has revealed.

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At the close of the historic first African Grandmothers' Gathering, in Manzini Swaziland, 500 grandmothers from 13 countries issued a clarion call to the world, demanding economic independence, and the necessary resources to build their own capacity to raise healthy families in the midst of the AIDS pandemic.

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