Development Diaries: Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson, who had her birthday on August 28, has decided to use her non-governmental organization, Mercy Johnson Foundation, to assist various state governments in taking kids off the streets.

In a message released by the mother of one, Mercy said she is not asking people for donation, but everyone should rise to the challenge and help mould a better future for the kids on the street.

She also called for support from other Nollywood actors.

“Mercy Johnson Foundation will be doing a lot to get kids off the street. We are not asking people for money or donation, I will do all I can with the resources God has given me, and with the support of my husband to help get these kids off the street and set them on the path where they can begin to pursue their dreams.

I want to plead with people, fans, friends and colleagues to spare a thought for the children on the street. We can begin by educating people around us, parents, the children and people in charge of children (Oga-house help relationship, teacher-student relationship, and others) on the need to treat every child like the future of Nigeria depends on it. And truth be told, our future will not be all that enjoyable if we let the scourge of ‘street-children’ fester. By then, the rich will begin to cry. ” the actress said in a statement.

While kick-starting the ‘Get kids off the street, save the future’ campaign by relaying some lessons she learnt during her visit to the Boys’ Remand home in Oregun, Lagos, Mercy Johnson said she appreciates those who wished her a happy birthday.

“I am grateful to everyone that has sent in a birthday message, tweet and gifts. Thank you and God bless you,” she said.

By Micheal Abimboye.

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