In response to the atrocities and genocide affecting people with albinism in East Africa, the AFA was deeply moved and compelled to provide some support for our fellow people with albinism living in East Africa. Our aim was to provide sun protection goods (hats, sunscreen and sunglasses) to people with albinism in Tanzania.
We established links with three organisations working with people with albinism in Tanzania, namely TAYEPEO (Tanzanian Youth Enhancement and Poverty Eradication Organisation), TAS (Tanzanian Albino Organisation) and the Good Hope Star Foundation.
Our charity drive was extremely successful, thanks to the hard work of our members, corporate sponsors, individual donors and extensive national media coverage. We received in excess of 1177 pairs of sunglasses, 6713 hats 194.3 Kg of sunscreen. In total, we sent goods valued at over AU$100 000 to Tanzania.
Our partner organisations in Tanzania will recruit and train 10 people with albinism to work as peer educators and to distribute the goods to defined regions in Tanzania over a 12 month period.
We anticipate that this will have the effect of reducing the effects of sun damage and painful skin cancers. Through the work of the peer educators, awareness about albinism and its effects will be raised, and myths dispelled. All of this will have the effect of improving the quality of life for people with albinism living in Tanzania. We will provide further feedback on the outcomes of this project, as they come to hand.
In the future, the AFA will assist Australians to make donations of sun protection goods to people with albinism in East Africa through the Canadian based charity “Under the Same Sun”. The AFA has established links with and strongly supports the work of this organisation. By working alongside this well resourced group as their Australian liaison, we will assist Australians to make donations to assist with sun and eye protection for people with albinism living in East Africa from Australia.
For any further enquiries, please contact
Dr Shari Parker, Secretary Albinism fellowship of Australia on 0411622122 or Email Dr Parker