By Edward Makuzva The State-owned mobile telecommunications service provider, NetOne, has partnered with Albino Charity Organization of Zimbabwe (ALCOZ) in an initiative that will support people with albinism as part of its corporate social responsibility.
Netone Group Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Raphael Mushanawani, in a speech read on his behalf by the Netone Matebeleland Regional Manager Ms. Elmah Dube at the belated International Albinism Awareness Day Celebrations in Bulawayo Metropolitan Province over the weekend, revealed the company’s commitment to addressing challenges faced by people with albinism.
“As NetOne we are glad to join hands with ALCOZ in Zimbabwe to celebrate and commemorate International Albinism Awareness under the hashtags #United in Making Our Voice heard and #Inclusion4equility.” Furthermore, “As NetOne under our CSR Initiatives we have supported different vulnerable and disadvantaged groups including those living with albinism in communities we operate from around the country.”
The State mobile network provider highlighted that, “NetOne through its management will continue to support people living with albinism and we have donated sun creams, lip balms and sun hats. We would like to assure the community that NetOne seeks to partake this initiative to the various regions across the country as it is our mandate to ensure that we leave no place and no one behind NDSG1.”
She also went on to “Albinism is not a curse and as such we have collaborated with ALCOZ, a partnership to create awareness, fight discrimination, stigma and marginalization against those living with albinism”.
NetOne highlighted their commitment to “celebrate all people living with albinism all over the world on their special day, we share our opinion that people with albinism should enjoy the full privileges of all human rights and we implore other corporates and stakeholders to render their support as well.”
Albinism is a rare condition, a genetically inherited difference that occurs at birth, it is a non-contagious and is caused by lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes causing lack of defense to sunlight and bright light. .