Tanzanian Albino Charity



Tanzanian albino charity


The Story of People with Albinism in Tanzania

The Albino Charity Organization is working on becoming a source of guidance for the President of Tanzania and as well as other leaders on how to better approach and solve this problem once and for all. We have brought the issue from remote villages in Tanzania to international lands all over the globe. People from Europe to Australia and the United States are stepping up. They are not only just listening, but are proactively getting involved with our mission.

People with albinism in Tanzania often live in fear and are ostracized from their communities. Mostly born into poorer families in remote villages, they don’t have access to everyday necessities. Unfortunately, because of their condition, the sun has become harmful to them.

People with albinism are very prone to skin cancer. The melanin never forms upon exposure and the sun ends up burning their skin instead, leaving cracks, lesions, sores, and eventually open wounds and infections that may result into skin cancer. Because they may live in very rural areas medical aid for them is very difficult to get. They deserve a much better life and to be taken better care of, specific to their condition. There is a great need of necessary supplies such as medical supplies, sunscreen, hats, sun glasses and reading glasses.

People with albinism are also facing a larger challenge where they are viewed as an HIV/Aids cure. There is a larger chance for them to contract HIV/Aids through sexual attacks. There is a myth about albino hunters that having sex with an albino will cure AIDS.

Apart from the difficulties that people with albinism go through, there is also a stigma that they are a curse to the families. For this reason they are excluded from their society. Some parents try to send their children with albinism away so that they are not bad luck to the families.

People with albinism have a fear of being chased and killed, or maybe laughed at on the streets as they walk. People will call out names such as "dili" which translates to "deal”, meaning that they are considered a commodity with price tags on them.

The killing of people with albinism are occurring all over the country. In the region of the lake zone however, there is more risk of the killings due to the large concentration of people being born with albinism in that area.

Where We Stand

The Albino Charity Organization extends a hand of pure gratitude to people who are interested in helping the albino community in Tanzania. We understand that an increased risk of being killed by a witchdoctor is inevitable during political elections.

The Albino Charity Organization’s goal is to separate the wealthy from the obscene practices that currently take place within the structures of Tanzanian leadership. Creating awareness for and causing a political rift between the "Old World Thinking" VS. "New World Thinking" has to be done without shaming public figures.

Fighting against the witchdoctors is not just the president’s efforts. The only way a permanent and widespread difference can happen is if all the citizens unify with the president’s efforts. He is only one person and he alone cannot change generations of rigid belief systems in superstitions and witchdoctors all over the country.

Given that the policy on the rights of albinos in Tanzania is in the hands of the government, we will continue to assist the government in the areas that would allow it to make informed decisions to protect the rights of the people with albinism. Many rural communities tend to know about the killings long before the government does. And often times, the government doesn’t know about them at all. The Tanzanians have the responsibility to support the government in that case.

In the US, the diaspora have already begun their meetings on discussing implementation of short term and long term projects. These discussions include collecting funds (fundraising) and then creating budgets based on collected data from the regions in Tanzania. From our budgets, we would then make available necessities specific to the people with albinism who are suffering in each region.

The Importance of Collecting Data

Collecting data includes budgets for transportation of qualified local charity workers in Tanzania to visit remote and local villages. Their purpose in the visitation is to meet with and establish relationships with the village leaders.

Our qualified local charity workers will be interviewing every person with albinism that can be found in those villages. The purpose being is to gather their general information such as age, gender, and severity of condition; their immediate needs (non-monetary), past experiences, family members, and any contact information such as a cell phone number so we can reach them and the village leaders. With this collected data, in conjunction with other organizations, it will better enable us to create budgets and navigate each region in an objective manner supplying necessities directly to who needs them, as well as supplying protection when needed and if possible.

In Conclusion

Given that the policy on the rights of albinos in Tanzania is in the hands of the government, we will continue to assist the government in the areas that would allow it to make informed decisions to protect the rights of the people with albinism. Many incidents that are happening in rural areas can easily be known by the people in those areas, and not the central government. All Tanzanians have the responsibility to support the government in this opportunity.

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