Harare, Zimbabwe (News of the South)-In a bid to fight the stigmatisation of albino persons the legislator for Norton Themba Mliswa has taken it upon himself to help such persons in his constituency beginning with Tadiwa Chisvo.
Tadiwa who is doing Grade 5 at Chiedza Norton Primary School was abandoned by her father two days after her birth due to the skin condition that she suffers.
Currently she lives with her mother and sister.
Honourable Mliswa said it is society’s prerogative to fight such societal ills.
“Being an albino is just a birth defect it’s not a negative sign of any evil or whatever so there is no need for society to stigmatise the people who suffer from this problem,” he said.
Mr Mliswa has since engineered a program to have the young girl assisted in the payment of her school fees, buying of uniforms and various clothes.
Tadiwa expressed her gratitude at the gifts and vowed to do well in her studies with a dream to be a pilot.
“He has helped me very much and I’m happy about this,” she said.
Tadiwa said she hopes to finish her primary and secondary level studies well and them later train as a pilot.
Persons suffering from albinism have generally been stigmatised by society which has a general skepticism towards them due to insufficient information about the condition.
Due to their conditions they require special ointments and jellies to apply so as to avert damage from the sun and other factors.
Mr Mliswa has since created a scholarship fund in his Norton Constituency oriented towards assisting the vulnerable such as albino and the orphaned.0
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