This program comprises of
- Jisimamie (Economic Empowerment) and
- Naweza Kazi (Job Placement).
It was introduced due to major economic issues affecting Person with Albinism in the contemporary society.
Person with Albinism face numerous challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and dehumanizing myths associated with the condition.
This is a fundamental issue that ASK endeavors to address, taking into account the correlation between education and acquisition of employment. Lack of proper education and skills has left many Person with Albinism living in abject poverty and dependent on their relatives for sustenance.
Under Ajira, ASK comes to the aid of Person with Albinism so as to raise their own standards of living through economic empowerment and job placement for qualified Person with Albinism. The program is subdivided into:
This is a program which links qualified Person with Albinism to employment. ASK picked up this mandate after establishing that most Person with Albinism who are privileged to complete a certain level of education and qualify for employment opportunities do not get them. This makes them very frustrated and it becomes difficult for them to cater for their needs.
Whereas the Constitution of Kenya enshrines affirmative action by providing for at least five (5) percent of elective and appointive positions in government to be for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), this has not been realized yet. In most cases, Person with Albinism tend to be overlooked and substituted with other types of disabilities. Most employers, government included, do not regard them as properly belonging to the category of PWDs.
Person with Albinism also suffer double discrimination in the field of employment, since some employers assume that their capacity to deliver within the workplace is below par. Sometimes they may also be subjected to conditions that are hostile to their well-being, such as working directly under the hot sun or bright light which puts them at risk of getting Skin Cancer or further eye impairment.
It is because of the foregoing that ASK links Person with Albinism to existing employment opportunities and monitors their performance. The recent years have seen ASK partnering with various employers to successfully secure employment opportunities for Person with Albinism.
This is an economic empowerment program which enables Person with Albinism to sustain themselves. Under the economic empowerment program, ASK supports small businessmen and women with Albinism by giving them starting capital, parasols, and other related assistance.
This is informed by the fact that most People with Albinism are farmers and others are in small businesses. This form of support puts them in a better position of going about their socioeconomic activities with less of the dreaded challenges.