World Vision Malawi has donated sun protection body lotion to albinos under Ching’anda Area Development Programme in Makanjira, Mangochi in order to alleviate their suffering.
The donation, according to the acting Area Programme Manager for Ching’anda Vincent Maliro, was made to encourage stakeholders to recognise the importance of taking care of the marginalised groups of the society such us people living with albinism.
Maliro said as a Christian organsaition, World Vision Malawi wants to emphasise that people living with albinism are just like everyone else in the society hence they should not be discriminated against based on their skin colour.
“Every year World Vision Malawi celebrates with children who are under sponsorship programmes. These celebrations are called Bounce Back. The trend all along has been to give gifts to these children, but this year we decided to extend the donation to our friends with albinism as a way of raising awareness of their importance to the society,” said Maliro.
He said that this year’s Bounce Back celebration attracted 4,100 children of which 3100 are those who are under World Vision scholarship programme, 15 are children with disabilities such as albinism and the rest are ordinary children from the impact area.
In his remarks, Sub Traditional Authority Lulanga urged parents and guardians to always take care of their children with albinism by among other things, ensuring that they are being offered protection both at home and outside their homes.
“The responsibility of taking care of children with disabilities is in the hands of everybody in the communities. But as parents, you need to take a leading role to ensure that children with albinism are protected,’ said Lulanga.
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