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It is difficult for blind parents in Zambia to find work, so their children often become beggars at an early age to earn money for food and rent. As the government here begins to focus on blindness prevention, as most cases are curable, nongovernmental organizations say that more needs to be done immediately to secure a future for the children of the blind.

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by Dando Mweetwa     Reporter, Thursday - April 14, 2011
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – At 12, Bwalya Mulenga says he already knows what it feels like to provide for his family. He knows the city like the back of his hand. Every day he guides his blind parents to and from downtown Lusaka, the capital.

“I guide my parents to a site in town where they sit the whole day and beg,” he says.

Bwalya says that once he leaves his parents, he quickly moves to another part of the city to beg. He walks into the roads when cars stop at traffic lights. He reaches out to the drivers to ask for 500 kwacha, 10 cents USD, or 1,000 kwacha, 20 cents USD, before the vehicles drive off.

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    •  Guinea worm? Carter Center should be asked... (0+ / 0-)

      if they can help.  Guinea worm has been a noted infestation snce the time of ancient Egypt and has plagued Africa.  The Carter Center in Atlanta has found and funds a behavioral solution & low-cost solution to eradicate GWD (Guinea Worm Disease).

      They encourage people to boil drinking water and if boiling is impractical, the Carter Center has funded and issues straws with a nylon-stocking-type screen to filter out guinea worms and their eggs.

      I don't know if the Carter Center can help with the already blinded children, but it's worth inquiring.  At the very least they they might direct you to a possible resource.  Google the Carter Center for contact information.


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