By JAMES KUNDA and CHATULA KAMPO -
THE Prisons Fellowship of Zambia (PFZ) has donated assorted items worth K3, 600 to 30 children whose parents are incarcerated in Ndola.
PFZ executive director Teddy Mweetwa said the gesture was under an initiative called the ‘Angel Tree Programme’, where the PFZ donates various items to children whose parents have been imprisoned.
The children who received gifts yesterday came from Twapia, Masala, Sinya and Chipulukusu Townships in Ndola.
“ATP is conducted at a time when we remember the children of those incarcerated through buying various gifts for them as a sign of love during every festive period,” Mr Mweetwa said.
He said PFZ took a leading role in remembering children whose parents were in jail as such young people were the future leaders of Zambia.
Meanwhile, Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge has appealed to all men in the country to ‘boycott’ bars on Christmas and New Year’s Day and instead find time to go to church.
Mr Musenge in an interview at his office yesterday said it was important for men to be with their families in remembering the birth of Jesus Christ.
“This is not a day one should visit bars, it is a day to find time and go to church with you family and thank God for all He has done for you. I am, therefore, appealing to all men to boycott drinking on these days,” he said.
The minister also urged youths not to be overzealous by engaging in bad activities such as abusing drugs and alcohol as that might lead to premature death.
Mr Musenge said young people should also find time to go to church with their families and reflect on their lives.