BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,23RD NOV 2017-Parents with children with albinism have been urged not to hide them but instead give them all the support they need to succeed in life.
In an event organized on Thursday November 23 by the Association of people with Albinism in Kenya to appreciate the top KCPE student Goldalyn Kakuya,her parents led by her father Harrison Otanga expressed their joy at exemplary performance by their child whom they termed as hardworking and disciplined.
The father who is a manager at a local sugar factory narrated how they have lived as strong family with love despite the condition of their daughter.
He says that as parents they have never shown their daughter or even behaved in the way that suggest she had a skin condition.”We have lived normally with our daughter assuring her that all was well.”he said. Otanga elicited laughter in the room when he said that when their daughter was born in 2003 he went to hospital and found counselors ready to intervene should he assault the wife who had given birth to a child with disability.”When i walked in hospital back in 2003 when our daughter had just been born i was surprised to see the nurses and doctors had brought counselors to advise me”added Otanga.
He however appealed to parents who have children with skin conditions like albinism not to discriminate them or feel embarrassed by them but instead give them all the necessary support to become the best they can.”If i never supported my daughter in the best way i can,today i could not be addressing the media on this success story” .the happy Otanga said
.His sentiments also echoed by the mother who said that children with disability were just like any other children without disability and can achieve even more if well supported.
On her side Goldalyn thanked her parents and teachers for her success whom she said had been instrumental in helping her achieve her dreams.”I would like to thanks my teachers especially for their support everybody in our school was so helpful no wonder i dint even realize comp0leting my studies i would have liked to stay a little bit longer but it is God’s plan that i had to finish”.she said.
The golden girl also recalled how role models had moulded her character.to her the likes High court judge Mumbi Ngugi who also happened to be having albinism whom she says played an important part in giving her hope that indeed all was possible.
On his part the chairman of the association of people with albinism Nominated senator Isaac Mwaura says the organization is fully behind Goldalyn and will see to it that she succeeds even in her secondary school education.”We are in talks with safaricom foundation academy to take her in on full scholarship throughout her high school education and we believe we will celebrate again four years to come”.said Mwaura.
During the release of the results Goldalyn had exprressed her desire to join Safaricom foundation academy or Kenya high school for her A level education.
Goldalyn Kakuya who studied at St Anne Junior Lubao in Kakamega County emerged the top candidate in the 2017 Standard 8 national exams.
Kakuya beat all odds that come with albinism to score 455 out the possible 500 marks.