NIC Bank has donated Kshs 900,000 to Dr. Choksey Albinism Foundation. The donation will go towards the education kitty of the foundation and will support albino students across the country in pre-primary and primary schools.
It is estimated 60 percent of Kenyan children living with albinism stem from single parent homes or live with their grandparents. The condition of Albinism is misunderstood in Africa. Ignorance and poverty contributes greatly to children suffering great challenges including denial of education in regular schools.
This initiative is part of the Bank’s citizenship agenda under the education pillar, where NIC Bank supports sustainable educational and development initiatives that are aimed at not only on molding talent across the country but also fostering equality in the society.
NIC Bank Group Managing Director John Gachora said the funds would be used to pay school fees for the deserving students with the condition of albinism.
“Our hope as NIC Bank is to draw a focus on the plight of these children living with albinism in our country. We commend Dr. Choksey for her commitment to give these children the opportunity to adapt, grow and learn despite their challenges,” he said when handing over the cheque at NIC offices.
One of the key objectives of Dr. Choksey Albinism Foundation is to support quality education for children with Albinism from low socio-economic background in the country. Dr. Choksey noted that 30 percent of Kenyan albino children enroll at visually impaired schools, at the primary school level.
NIC Bank has identified education as a key pillar of its citizenship strategy. Besides the Dr. Choksey Albinism Foundation, the bank also supported the Palm House Foundation and the Edumed Trust Foundation earlier this year.