Advocacy Visits to the foreign embassy
The Albino Foundation kick started the year 2017 by embarking on advocacy campaign to the foreign embassies in the Federal capital territory Abuja, to solicit the support of the diplomatic community on her “I support Albinism cause” which was earlier launched by His excellency, President Olusegun Obasanjo in November 2016.
The Advocacy campaign to the embassies kicked off with a visit to the French Embassy on the 11th of January 2017. The foundation’s team led by its Founder/CEO, Mr. Jake Epelle was warmly received by His excellency, the French ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gauer at the embassy.
The Founder, Mr. Jake Epelle in his speech, intimated the ambassador on the purpose of the visit as it relates to the “I support albinism cause” campaign and the desire to have the diplomatic community in Nigeria lend its voice in support of the cause of albinism in Nigeria.
The ambassador, H.E Mr. Denys Gauer in his response, expressed the willingness of the French government to support the Foundation in its albinism cause and further promised to mobilize his colleagues in the diplomatic community to also do same.
The foundation also took the advocacy campaign to the Canadian High Commission on the 16th of January 2017; the Switzerland Embassy on the 18th of January; the British High Commission on the 23rd of January 2017; the European Union on the 24th of January 2017; the Australian High Commission on the 1st of February 2017, and rounded up the advocacy campaign to the diplomatic community with a visit to the Netherlands Embassy on the 6th of February 2017.
The foundation’s campaign message in all the advocacy visits to the various embassies was to drive awareness to the plight of Persons with albinism (PWA) in Nigeria and to solicit the support of the international community through their embassies in Nigeria, to partner and collaborate with the foundation in its various project geared towards giving PWAs a pride of place in the society, void of discrimination and stigmatization.
The advocacy campaign of the foundation was effective and successful, as it provided an opportunity to reach out to the international community and draw their awareness to the plight of PWAs in Nigeria, as it enabled the foundation to secure the commitment of the various heads of foreign missions on behalf of their nations to support the cause of albinism.