WHAT IS ALBINISM?
Albinism is a genetic condition that results in a lack of melanin, the protein that gives color to skin, hair, and eyes, and protects the skin from the sun's harmful rays. Albinism also causes vision impairment.
Without proper care and knowledge, people with albinism can suffer from severe sunburns and are more susceptible to skin cancer.
Around 1 in 15,000 people in the world have albinism. In Tanzania, there is a high concentration of people with albinism, with about 1 out of every 1,400 people living with this condition.
DISCRIMINATION AND DANGER
In Tanzania, many people believe that persons with albinism are cursed or possess magical powers. Children with albinism are especially vulnerable. They are hunted, mutilated, and even killed by people who want to sell or use their body parts. It is believed that albino body parts can be used as charms, potions or amulets to bring good health, wealth and luck. It is estimated that there have been over 170 attacks and at least 80 killings on people with albinism in Tanzania alone.
ZERUZERU BRINGS HOPE
ZeruZeru, in collaboration with Sister Helena Ntambulwa, is working to save the lives of children with albinism and physical impairments in Tanzania at the the Mary Mother of God of Perpetual Help Center and the Musoma Baby Home. These centers provide year-round, secure homes for children along with necessities like sunscreen, healthcare, education and nutrition. There are currently over 70 children being cared for at the centers.
In addition, ZeruZeru advocates for people with albinism around the world. We have worked with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and we are registered with the iSCO by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. We have formed partnerships with other international NGOs. We have presented to local and international communities and government officials to increase awareness and response to this human rights issue.
YOU CAN HELP!
The center is run entirely from donations. The children rely on you for the food, education, safety, and daily care they need to survive.
Any amount you can give is appreciated! Whether your donation buys a week's worth of fresh fruit and vegetables, medical treatment, paper and pencils for school, or pays the water and electric bill, it is worth it. Plus, as a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, any donation you make is tax-deductible!