|Manicaland Albino Association celebrates 2 years|
|Tuesday, 12 June 2012 18:50|
THE Manicaland Albino Association recently celebrated its second anniversary at the Mutare Museums and Monuments This year's commemorations which were held under the theme: "Promoting good citizenship amongst our members", saw the MAA members starting off by cleaning the museum.
Addressing those in attendance, the Freedom for Disabled Persons member, Mr Henry Kani, who was the guest of honour, said albinos should have confidence in themselves and contribute towards the development of their respective communities.
"Disability does not mean inability, so one should not take the back seat and watch others doing it in life. Work hard and contribute meaningfully to the society. You should know your rights and avoid looking down upon yourself," he said.
Speaking at the same occasion, the association's chairperson, Ms Nyaradzai Mazaiwana, said they aim to curb discrimination and change myths and weird beliefs associated with albinism.
"There is a plethora of challenges being faced by people living with albinism at homes, schools and workplaces which include stigma and diseases like skin cancer and poor eye sight.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We will continue advocating for equal treatment in all areas of life. We are happy with the turnout and I am glad that people are starting to accept that albinism is not a disease," she said.
MAA was formed in May 2010 in a bid to conscientise the public more about albinism and demystify the myths and beliefs the condition is associated with. The association has embarked on several programs to help albinos with socio-psychological support in day-to-day living.