JNK Foundation pledges partnership with hotels to back street children

By Taban Tom Henry

The Chairperson for the Jemma Nunu Kumba Foundation pledges to partner with hotel owners to help support the roaming children in the streets.

This came during the official launch of the Jemma Nunu Kumba Foundation under the theme empowering girls, women and the youth.

On the 6th of August, the Speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly Rt. Hon. Jemma Nunu Kumba officially inaugurated her foundation with an aim of supporting vulnerable people in various communities across the country.

Nunu who doubles as the chairperson of the Board of Directors of JNK Foundation said that they wanted to find ways on how to partner with hotels to handle cases of children roaming on the streets.

“The issue of the children who are not at home but just roaming on the street is a concern, so we want to see that these children can be treated in decent way. You find them in the streets and eat from the garbage, that condition is very empathetic and heart touching” she said.

She said as one of the women leaders in the country, her aim is to create a platform that will help allow them to support their vulnerable communities as practical demonstration of social corporate responsibilities.

She stressed that all of them have the responsibility to provide social services to their people as the government and also as responsible members of the community

“We want to see how we can partner with hotels and bring these children to try to understand why they are on the streets whether they are orphans or they don’t have parents and if they are orphans, can we identify them to put them in proper orphanage where they can get guidance or is it hardship in their homes that they cannot get food” she noted.     

Meanwhile the Executive Director for Community Empowerment for Progress OrganizationEdmund Yakani was impressed saying at least some of their leaders are trying to demonstrate some social corporate responsibility.

“As leaders we expect that to show some signs of social corporate responsibility, a foundation is always a best indicator of how we can interact with our leaders like we have seen politicians in the rest of the world have established foundations whether they still stay in power or not,” he said.

The activist said since the foundation is established with focuses on women and children he believes they are going to be a non-patrician foundation that has nothing to do with political affiliation or political role but this is to help you (leaders) to interact with women and children.

Yakani lamented that the Youth and women are the constituency in this country that is so much marginalized adding that they are so much left behind.

He reiterated that if the future is in the hands of the women and the youth, they will build a better future.

“As a civil society I would like to urge you to be national that shouldn’t end up in Juba and shouldn’t end up with the launching but should be able to see the action that will be able to empower our women and youth” he added.

Yakani underlined that they know there are money allocated in the agreement for the women and youth what they called as women and youth enterprises. He urged the leaders to actualize this funding as dividend to the peace agreement.

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