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Hello From Tanzania April 2009

April 9, 2009

I am here in Tanzania with the Under the Same Sun Team. So many great things happened this week.

We started out at the new Under the Same Sun office in Dar Es Salaam. Having this local office, we will be able to disburse support to the albinism community as well as create, develop and implement public awareness programs managed by a team based here.

Under the Same Sun Office in Dar Es Salaam

Under the Same Sun Office in Dar Es Salaam

Under the Same Sun Director, Samwel Mluge, at his desk.

Under the Same Sun Director, Samwel Mluge, at his desk.

We visited the cancer clinic and met several patients with albinism.

One of the kids at the cancer clinic.

One of the kids at the cancer clinic.

Awaiting treatment for skin cancer.

Awaiting treatment for skin cancer.

We met with several powerful officials to partner on our fight against these horrible murders in Tanzania. Vice President Shein Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda.

Vice President Shein

Vice President Shein

Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda

Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda

On Saturday, we traveled Mwanza in the lake region where many of the murders are taking place. We visited the former home of a young boy whose family was murdered in front of him. The murderers were there to kill his sister with albinism, the family tried to stop them and were murdered as well. A horrible, horrible story.

P... who witnessed his family's murder in Mwanza.

P... who witnessed his family's murder in Mwanza.

We also returned to the school where many children with albinism are in hiding.

Students at school in Mwanza.

Students at school in Mwanza.

student with a lollipop

student with a lollipop

Bibiana

Bibiana

On the road in Mwanza

On the road in Mwanza

More from the school in Mwanza.

More from the school in Mwanza.

We traveled to the school with Bibiana, Al-Shaymars adopted daughter who was attacked 2 years ago and survived. She lost her leg and 2 fingers… She is so AWESOME!!!

On Sunday, we attended a church service where Peter Ash discussed the violence and asked for spiritual and community support to end these crimes.

The blessing!

The blessing!

Congregation!!

Congregation!!

There were over 8,000 people in the congregation. There was a formal blessing of all people with albinism. It was amazing! On Monday, Under the Same Sun had the official opening in Tanzania.

On Tuesday the Under the Same Sun Team hosted a pastor conference to reach out to the communities throughout Tanzania.

Pastors

Pastors

The outcome: MAY 31 is designated as National Prayer for People with Albinism and memorial for those that have lost their lives. We will make this an International effort by inviting all of our friends around the world to remember the victims and their families.

A performer from the ALbinism Dance Troupe.

A performer from the ALbinism Dance Troupe.

A very beautiful new friend!!

A very beautiful new friend!!

It's official. Under the Same Sun OPENS in Tanzania.

It's official. Under the Same Sun OPENS in Tanzania.

We will change the way people with albinism are perceived in Tanzania!

We will change the way people with albinism are perceived in Tanzania!

I am traveling to India this afternoon to visit the director and founder of Braille Without Borders and to tour their Institute create to empower people that are blind or visually impaired. I am so excited. More later… read up on Sabriye and Paul at http://www.braillewithoutborders.org

More Later: From Kerala India

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4 comments

  1. Rick – this is so exciting. I know many of us here in the States are anxious to hear about what we can do to help too. Thanks so much for the post!


  2. Rick that is a job well done!your contribution to exposing our beauty is immense,we need a few people like and we gonna make the world a better place for all of us.BRAVO,ahsante sana


  3. Congratulations on your Grand Opening!! I am sure that wonderful things are to come; lives being saved and a growing respect for human life. Thank you for all of your hardwork and dedication. Please let us know what we can do to help.


  4. i love this work that you are doing and i have resigned my job as an opyometrist in abu dhabi, united arab emirate to trace you people in Tanzania because i have a lot of inspiratiions on assisting albinos and empowering them to live better and well enhanced life. please let me know your office in Dar es salaam so i can coome by myself to share these visions with you people. God bless you and imiprove your activities with divine guidance.



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