POSITIVE EXPOSURE KENYA
PE-Kenya is a non-profit organization that exists to promote the well-being of persons with albinism (PWA) by providing an opportunity for PWA, their families and communities to celebrate diversity, challenge stigma and celebrate each individuals’ extraordinary uniqueness,
Positive Exposure- Kenya was initiated by Jane Waithera (A young woman with albinism) inspired by the works of Rick Guidotti with the main goal to challenge stigma, fear and discrimination and support positive social change in relation to albinism in Kenya and later to other African countries’.
A more compassionate world where difference is humanized, embraced and celebrated.
To promote human dignity, respect & acceptance for Persons With Albinism (PWA) and their relations by improving their lives and changing public perceptions on albinism.
ALBINISM AT A GLANCE
What is Albinism?
Albinism is a recessive genetic condition that results in little on no melanin resulting to lack of pigmentation in the hair, skin and the eyes causing vulnerability to sun exposure and sensitivity to UV rays and light. Albinism is a relatively rare condition that occurs in all races of the world.
Albinism World Wide?
Albinism is however more prevalent in the Sub-Saharan Africa than in other parts of the world. In Kenya, the statistics on the actual number of persons with albinism are not known but there is an estimate of an occurrence ratio of 1:1500 people
What Causes Albinism?
Albinism is a recessive genetic condition meaning that, both the mother and father must carry the gene for it to be passed on,
Albinism In Kenya
Persons with Albinism (PWA) in Kenya have been and are victims of stigma and discrimination caused by cultural taboos, myths and misconceptions linked to albinism.
In addition, they have no access to proper education, healthcare and are left out in many aspects of life like career and employment opportunities. Available statistics indicate that 90% of persons with albinism (PWA) live below the poverty line.
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