By Chioma Obinna
As part of activities to mark its 3rd anniversary, Onome Akinlolu Majaro Foundation, OAM, has empowered a 28 year old female albino, Miss Yemisi Oduniyi, with skills.
The beneficiary, an insurer, is one out of the hundreds of albinos empowered with various skills and scholarships by the Foundation since it started three years ago.
Yemisi is being sent to catering school to learn how to make cake and other confectionary foods. She is the third albino sent to acquire such skills.
Confirming the development, Yemisi pledged to support other People With Albino, PWAs in future.
“I feel excited about this empowerment and I pledged to also train younger albinos. I intend to utilize the skills I have been trained on. Right now I am into in marketing with an insurance organisation but with this skill I believe I will do better.”
After her training she is also expected to stay another one year internship before she would be finally discharged to start her
At a media presentation in Lagos, the co-founder of OAM, Mrs Onome Majaro who stated that the empowerment programme was to kick-start its 3rd anniversary in October, 2018, described it as part of its milestones in three years.
Majaro said: “We started OAM foundation to make a difference in the lives of people with albinism, help and encourage PWAs as well as provide financial resources that would help them achieve their goals in life.
“We are empowering her because we believe in her story and want to change the narrative of PWAs. It is also another way of contributing to the economy. We are sending her to catering school and after her internship; we will also help her start her own,” she explained.
Majaro who lamented the stigma and discrimination surrounding albinism, said: “We started in 2015 and one of our aims and objectives is to create awareness, enlighten and educate people about albinism, particularly, correct all the myths and misconceptions surrounding the condition.
Majaro who is also living with Albinism said: “We want to tell the story of Albinism from a positive angle and debunk the negative beliefs about albinism. Change negative perception about albinism.
“We also preach self-love, encourage albinos to love themselves and maintain personal hygiene, to be contended and generally live a happy life as well as have self-confidence.“
Speaking, the Brand Ambassador, Public Relation &Strategy, OAM, Mr. Chimezie Udechukwu said part of the objectives of the foundation was for PWAs to look beyond the immediate challenges.
“We have so many albinos doing great in their various fields. As an organisation we are working towards building self confidence in albinos as well as build up their abilities to get to the top.
“By next month, we are also going to give scholarships to some PWAs as part of the anniversary. We are self-funding. It is out of the love that we have continued to do these things.”