Niko na Haki Campaign in Ruiru

Niko Na Haki Campaign Program

Nikon na haki is a campaign where we visit different parts of the country to raise awareness and educate the communities on matters concerning albinism.

Albinism continues to carry a deep stigma in Kenya. According to report done by CERD A on Kenyans with Albinism Racial Discrimination states Vulnerable population within Kenya regularly experiences discrimination and violence based on the colour of their skin. Often friends, relatives, community members or people in positions of are the authors of this violence and discrimination. This makes it hard to trust people, and persons with albinism can become alienated from community, social, cultural and economic life. They come from all races, but are stigmatized for their lack of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. Myths and superstitions abound. Across the region, people with albinism are ritually hunted, attacked and murdered. Their arms and legs, bones and blood, fingers and toes are commodities. Limbs and digits are hacked off to feed an illegal trade in the body parts of persons with albinism, which are sold in the form of bogus potions or charms.

Discrimination also arises from false beliefs and mystification of albinism’s striking appearance. Negative cultural attitudes and practices can be found around the world. Albinism occurs throughout the world and within every race, but albinism does not constitute a distinct race or ethnicity itself. Yet, people with albinism experience discrimination related to skin colour. People with albinism in Kenya’s schools and on the streets are incessantly teased and bullied. Classmates as well as teachers and others in authority hurl insults. It leads to demoralization and psychosocial issues. It is with this background information that the Albinism Society of

Kenya came up with a program dubbed’ Niko a Haki’ that aims to educate the public on the causes of albinism and that people with Albinism face.

Methodology

We Select counties based on where we have not covered and we give priorities to counties that have experienced the birth of a new child with albinism.

We use:

Trainings
Group Discussions
IEC Materials

One Comments

  • I would like to express how grateful i am for this.The use of the ‘NIKO NA HAKI CAMPAIGN’ could be said to be the best thing that could have happened in Kenya. My name is Winnie Mungai, a law student from the University of Nairobi. In my fourth year research paper, i wrote on Albinism, Human rights and the role of the international community. Through case study and case laws i was able to look into:
    1)the ritualistic killings in Tanzania
    2)what the role of the International community
    3) what would become of the myths and superstitions
    4)what could be done to curb this menace
    5)the different roles of the East African countries in regards to this
    6)Could PWA could be awarded special rights?

    The research further looked into the legal basis on what the International Community is doing and whether such actions have their grounding in law and the legal ramifications on PWA, particularly with regard to the right to protection.

    With the Niko na Haki campaign, the public will be more educate on Albinism,PWA and their Human rights.It’s said that, “a more enlightened society is a protected society. ”
    It would be an honour to be part of this great team,help with the campaign and be part of the change.
    Thank you

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