By Mercy Ndirangu
It was yet another great news for albinism society of Kenya (ASK) after Kenya film classification board (KFCB) partnered to help create awareness on issues to do with albinism. This comes after the KFCB chief executive officer Dr. Ezekiel Mutua attended the first ever Mr. and Miss Albinism Kenya on 21 October 2016.
Albinism society of Kenya celebrated 10 years’ anniversary on the 21st October 2016 which interested Dr. Ezekiel on sponsoring a documentary that will show the achievements of ASK. The event that trended the whole world brought together people with albinism (PWAs) all over the republic of Kenya to show that cased beauty beyond the skin.
ASK has been doing awareness creation workshops across the country. In 2016, they were able to visit Tana River,Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri, Taita Taveta,Lamu and Nairobi. Throughout the workshops, they were able to reach approximately 3000 people. The workshop involves an interaction session where people are educated the causes of Albinism and how PWAs should be taken care of.
“We call upon the society to embrace people with Albinism and treat them with respect. Kenyans should understand that they are normal people ‘ni Ngozi tu’ and because of that I’m issuing a sturn warning if anyone is found discriminating PWAs or mistreating them either online or in person, we will ensure that the person faces the full arm of the law.” Said Dr. Mutua.
The partnership between the two entities has come at a time where ASK is planning for the 2017 beauty pageantry. KFCB will be among the main sponsors this year.
Speaking duoring the meeting at the KFCB offices in Uchumi house, Dr.Mutua promised to give PWAS who have done communication internships, contribute on ‘Imaarisha masoma’ an ASK program and fully sponsor the ten year anniversary documentary.
As Karen Amstrong 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 been simply to bring smiles to people living with albinism.