It was yet another great news for Albinism Society of Kenya (ASK), after Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) partnered with us to help create awareness on matters albinism. This came after the KFCB’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ezekiel Mutua attended the first ever Mr. and Miss Albinism Kenya on 21 October 2016.
Albinism Society of Kenya celebrated its ten (10) years’ anniversary on the 21st October 2016, an event that prompted Dr. Ezekiel Mutua to sponsor a documentary that showcased the achievements of ASK. The event, which trended worldwide, brought together Persons with Albinism (PWAs) from all over the Republic of Kenya to show that the albinism fraternity has more to offer hence beauty beyond the skin.
Albinism Society of Kenya has been doing awareness creation workshops across the country. In 2016, we were able to visit Tana River, Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri, Taita Taveta, Lamu and Nairobi counties. Throughout the workshops, we were able to reach out to approximately three thousand (3000) people. The workshop involves an interaction session where people are educated on the causes of albinism and how Persons with Albinism should be taken care of.
“We call upon the society to embrace Persons with Albinism and treat them with respect. Kenyans should understand that they are normal people, ‘Ni ngozi tu’. Due to that, I’m issuing a stern warning. If anyone is found discriminating, intimidating or mistreating Persons with Albinism online or in person, we will ensure that the person faces the full force of the law”. Dr. Mutua said.
The partnership between the two entities came at a time when Albinism Society of Kenya was planning for the 2017 albinism beauty pageantry. KFCB were among the main sponsors.
Speaking during the meeting at the KFCB offices in Uchumi House, Dr. Mutua promised to give opportunities to Persons with Albinism who have done communication internships. He also committed to contribute towards Imaarisha Masomo, an Albinism Society of Kenya’s program and fully sponsor the ten-year anniversary documentary.
As Karen Armstrong once said, “Jesus did not spend a great deal of time discoursing about the trinity or original sin or incarnation, which have preoccupied later Christians. He went around doing good and being compassionate”. The role of Albinism Society of Kenya has simply been to bring smiles to Persons with Albinism.