Hello From Tanzania April 2009April 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.
We visited the cancer clinic and met several patients with albinism.
We met with several powerful officials to partner on our fight against these horrible murders in Tanzania. Vice President Shein 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.
We also returned to the school where many children with albinism are in hiding.
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.
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.
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.
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