The Albinism Society of Kenya (ASK) on Thursday awarded the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) top student with a cheque of Sh. 100,000.
Goldalyn Kakuya who scored 455 marks in the just announced Kenya Certificate of Primary Education will further be sponsored by ASK and other stake holders through the Imarisha Masomo Program.
Speaking on Thursday when issuing the cheque, nominated MP and founder of the Albinism Society of Kenya Mr. Isaac Mwaura said Kakuya will attend M-PESA foundation Academy to further her high school studies.
I am happy for Kakuya who has made us proud and hope that her performance will change the mentality of other people towards albinism and any other disability, added Mwaura.
Kakuya a former student at St. Ann’s Junior in Kakamega County said she appreciates the parents and teachers for the financial support and counseling together with embracing her despite her condition.
Albinism is an inherited genetic condition that reduces the amount of melanin pigment formed in the skin, hair and/or eyes. Albinism occurs in all racial and ethnic groups throughout the world. People with albinism have vision problems that are not correctable with eyeglasses, and many have low vision.
I was inspired by Grace Mumbi Njugi a judge of the High Court, who motivated me by showing that people with albinism can also be successful in life, added Kakuya.
Matilda Cherono Tanga, Kakuya’s mother noted that albinism is not a disease but a condition thus all parents with such children should not discriminate them but offer support and love through special education and motivation.
She said Kakuya has proved that people with her condition if given a chance can do well in life, and expressed her pleasant surprise on finding out that her daughter had topped the whole country.
Godalyn was consistent in good performance at school but topping the whole country came as a surprise, I thank God for this blessing that he has given us, added Tanga.
Source: Kenya New s Agency