The National – Tuesday, December 14, 2010
THE street kids of Salvation Army received an early Christmas visit from the Ramu Agri Industries (RAI) team in Lae bearing 150 bags for the Salvation Army Christmas cheer last Saturday.
The Salvation Army’s Street Kids in Lae has been operating since 2007 in which children and teenagers, who do not attend schools and wander around the city, are invited by the church through their outreach programme to participate in the literacy programme.
The programme also involves learning and listening to the word of God.
250 children, aged between 5 and 16, participated in the programme.
The programme has successfully found sponsors for 20 children to attend schools in Lae.
RAI public relations officer Sharon Onsa-Pople said RAI was continuing to support the Salvation Army through its community service programme with its charity work in communities with donations.
She said the children were given Christmas bags as charity gifts to “help them really feel the joy of Christmas”.
Onsa-Pople also told the children not to take their learning for granted because they were getting through the Salvation Army.
“There are children out there who are not as fortunate as you are,” she said.