BY Mercy Ndirangu
It was a joyous moment for People with Albinism (PWAs) after Albinism Society of Kenya secured yet another partnership with Toyota Kenya foundation that was finalized yesterday at Toyota Kenya offices. 50 people with albinism will benefit. The partnership whose value is half a million Kenyan shillings will involve two training programs on Capacity building and entrepreneurship. One part of training will take place next year January 13th and 14th 2016 and the other program on February the same year.
The training which will be under ASK economic empowerment development program will cover topics like personal etiquette, personal branding, personal development, and entrepreneurship. Speaking during the meeting, Hon. Mwaura Isaac who is the National Chairman of ASK, stated that most PWAs have challenges with self-esteem that affects their personal presentation during interviews thus having challenges in getting jobs. “The training will come in handy for the PWAs, I hope by the time it’s done our people will be more confident of themselves.” He said.
True to their Mission that states they intend to provide opportunities that develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes of their staff, customers’ stakeholders and communication, Toyota Kenya will sponsor the training program of the 50 PWAs for two days and configure a program that suites them.
The first training program that will commence on January 2016 will include the 20 participants of the first ever mr and Miss albinism followed by the next mid-February where it will cover 30 PWAs who are entrepreneurs.
“We would like to have a database of PWAs and come up with mentorship programs even as we do training on Capacity Building and Entrepreneurship.” Said Florence Suji, Toyota Kenya foundation Academy Manager.
Among the people present from Toyota foundation were Stephen Kimani the Accountant, Florence Suji the academy manager, and Abigael Munyinyi of Finance.