Local bank supports albinism sufferers, donates 250 sun protection hats
The Albino Care Support in Namibia of Albinism Sufferers Requiring Assistance (SINASRA) received 250 sun protection hats valued at N$21,750 from FNB Namibia this week in commemoration of International Albinism Awareness Day.
“Namibia has the highest per capita number of persons with albinism in the SADC Region, if not world-wide. Cultural marginalization, stigmatization, and the cruel treatment of those living with albinism was the reason for the formulation of SINASRA,” said Dr. Peter Stoermer, Founder and former Chairperson of the organisation.
Stoermer said the volunteer organisation developed research programmes and strategies to combat these terrible cultural prejudices.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank FNB for their very generous donation of 250 hats for our children with albinism,” he added.
Leslie Puriza, FNB Head of Public Sector Banking, said the sponsorship is a demonstration of their commitment to ensuring that the rights of everyone are recognised and protected.
“FNB Namibia’s vision of being a great Namibian bank, creating a better world, is committed to the promotion of social equality and equity to bring positive change in the lives of all Namibians without any exceptions. We do this specifically through our FirstRand Foundation Trust,” she concluded.
Caption: Annette Shililifa (Science Head of Department); Lesley Puriza (FNB Head Public Sector Banking); Lidwina Shapwa Deputy Minister of Justice); Smitly Engelbrecht (Principal): and Dr. Peter Stoermer (Founder and former Chairperson of SINASRA); Emma Peter, and Titus Alweendo.