Key lessons from top KCPE exam girl Kakuya

Tuesday November 28 2017

albinism

Goldalyn Kakuya of St Anne Junior Lubao, Kakamega County, celebrates with teachers and relatives on November 21, 2017 after she scored 455 marks in KCPE exam. She has helped raise awareness about albinism. PHOTO | ISAAC WALE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By ROSALIND GICHURU
More by this Author

When the media publish their end-year round-up of 2017’s leading newsmakers, top KCPE exam candidate Goldalyn Kakuya will feature prominently on the list.

The 14-year-old girl from Kakamega County, who scored 455 out of 500 marks, will not only be remembered for her academic excellence, but also for the instrumental role of raising awareness about albinism.

Albinism is a genetic condition characterised by lack of the pigment melanin in the skin, hair and eyes.

It is a greatly misunderstood condition. This ignorance has given way to dangerous myths that promote social exclusion of people with albinism.

MYTHS
One particularly harmful myth is that all people with albinism are blind.

As a result, the vast majority of children with albinism attend schools for the blind, despite the fact that with simple medical assistance they can attend regular schools.

This greatly limits their ability to realise their full potential.

As NIC Bank, we came to understand this issue with greater clarity after an encounter with a renowned eye specialist, Dr Choksey Prabha, who has worked in Kenya for the past three decades.

SPECIAL SCHOOLS

In 2008, she began offering children with albinism free eye check-ups, glasses and sunscreen.

Her assistance has transformed the lives of more than 1,000 children with albinism by allowing them to attend normal schools.

Top KCPE candidate Goldalyn is one of the beneficiaries of Dr Prabha’s work.

According to her research, over 80 per cent of children with albinism attend schools for the visually impaired at the primary school level.

This is despite the fact that with prescription glasses and a little assistance with large type text and high contrast written material, all children with albinism can attend normal schools.

OUTREACH
As part of her work with people with albinism, she established the Dr Choksey Albinism Foundation in 2014 for 11 young women with albinism.

The foundation has allowed her to reach more children.

Dr Prabha’s expert understanding of albinism, as well as her passion and integrity, informed the bank’s decision to partner with her on a long-term basis.

Through this partnership we have sponsored 70 students living with albinism, enabling them to pursue their primary and secondary school education.

The majority are in primary school, where our focus is on orphans or children of single parents.

SPONSORSHIP

Children from poor families with both parents receive 75 to 80 per cent support, as the foundation wants the parents to be part of the upbringing of their children.

In 2017, the bank increased its support and sponsored five students to the M-Pesa Foundation Academy.

The five were all recipients of the funding from NIC Bank at their primary school level.

In total, the bank has provided Sh2.7 million, a part of which went to support Goldalyn’s primary school education.

Our experience with Dr Prabha has reinforced our conviction that corporate social responsibility (CSR) does not end with donating money.
STIGMA
There must be a personal and sustained interaction between the corporation and the beneficiaries of its CSR projects.

Without this, the corporation’s understanding of the issue at hand will remain superficial, undermining any chances of real and sustainable transformation.

Working closely with Dr Prabha and the children has helped us realise that besides limited access to quality formal education, another key struggle for the learners with albinism is social stigma.

This limits their ability to learn soft skills, such as networking and socialisation, which are key determinants of success in the modern job market.

SKILLS

Boosting the job readiness of children with albinism cannot be limited to donations and school attendance.

It must also necessarily include genuine acceptance, social integration and unconditional respect.

This form of support will encourage them to interact more freely with others without fear of rejection, enabling them to be competitive in the job market where networks and interpersonal skills are increasingly important.

As a bank, we are leading by example. We recently organised a luncheon for Goldalyn, a few other learners with albinism, Dr Prabha and her staff, and NIC Bank’s top management, including its group managing director, Mr John Gachora.

The message we hope to put across is that integrating people with albinism is a sustainable CSR strategy as it promotes attitude changes in organisations.

Mrs Gichuru is the marketing, communications and citizenship director at NIC Bank Group. [email protected]


<ins id="SFyvZPh"><video id="SFyvZPh"></video></ins><var id="SFyvZPh"><noframes id="SFyvZPh"><menuitem id="SFyvZPh"></menuitem>
<ins id="SFyvZPh"><span id="SFyvZPh"><cite id="SFyvZPh"></cite></span></ins><var id="SFyvZPh"><video id="SFyvZPh"></video></var>
<ins id="SFyvZPh"></ins><ins id="SFyvZPh"></ins>
<cite id="SFyvZPh"><video id="SFyvZPh"><var id="SFyvZPh"></var></video></cite>
<cite id="SFyvZPh"></cite>
<ins id="SFyvZPh"></ins>
<cite id="SFyvZPh"><video id="SFyvZPh"><var id="SFyvZPh"></var></video></cite><var id="SFyvZPh"></var><ins id="SFyvZPh"></ins>
<var id="SFyvZPh"><span id="SFyvZPh"></span></var>
<ins id="SFyvZPh"></ins>
<cite id="SFyvZPh"></cite>
<cite id="SFyvZPh"></cite>
<var id="SFyvZPh"><span id="SFyvZPh"></span></var>
<var id="SFyvZPh"><span id="SFyvZPh"></span></var>
<cite id="SFyvZPh"></cite>
<var id="SFyvZPh"><span id="SFyvZPh"></span></var>
<ins id="SFyvZPh"><span id="SFyvZPh"><cite id="SFyvZPh"></cite></span></ins><ins id="SFyvZPh"><span id="SFyvZPh"><cite id="SFyvZPh"></cite></span></ins>
<var id="SFyvZPh"><span id="SFyvZPh"></span></var>
<cite id="SFyvZPh"><span id="SFyvZPh"><menuitem id="SFyvZPh"></menuitem></span></cite>
<cite id="SFyvZPh"><span id="SFyvZPh"></span></cite>
<cite id="SFyvZPh"></cite><cite id="SFyvZPh"><video id="SFyvZPh"><var id="SFyvZPh"></var></video></cite><cite id="SFyvZPh"><video id="SFyvZPh"><menuitem id="SFyvZPh"></menuitem></video></cite>
<cite id="SFyvZPh"></cite>
<ins id="SFyvZPh"></ins>
<ins id="SFyvZPh"><span id="SFyvZPh"><cite id="SFyvZPh"></cite></span></ins><ins id="SFyvZPh"><span id="SFyvZPh"><cite id="SFyvZPh"></cite></span></ins>
<var id="SFyvZPh"></var>
  • 6163031291 2018-02-21
  • 9209491290 2018-02-21
  • 425181289 2018-02-21
  • 7794531288 2018-02-21
  • 5962571287 2018-02-21
  • 3138471286 2018-02-21
  • 4095691285 2018-02-21
  • 7197481284 2018-02-21
  • 8889411283 2018-02-21
  • 5239071282 2018-02-21
  • 7669791281 2018-02-20
  • 8591280 2018-02-20
  • 8487981279 2018-02-20
  • 710951278 2018-02-20
  • 3928911277 2018-02-20
  • 926591276 2018-02-20
  • 8176881275 2018-02-20
  • 6764611274 2018-02-19
  • 774701273 2018-02-19
  • 6788211272 2018-02-19