Standing Voice

Empowering people with albinism in Tanzania

Across Africa, people with albinism continue to be marginalised and murdered simply for the colour of their skin. Join Standing Voice this Christmas to help vulnerable people with albinism access vocational training, medical care and educational support.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1151250)

Campaign target

£200,000

Amount raised

£123,874

Donations

148

Championed by Private Match Fund

  • Before, I could never afford surgery to treat my skin cancer. Standing Voice has saved my life.

    — Patient – Standing Voice Skin Cancer Prevention Programme

  • Standing Voice exists to amplify the voices of those who are voiceless.

    — Josephat Torner - Beneficiary

  • Standing Voice has supported me to grow my business. I’m so grateful for their belief in me.

    — Charles Andrew Kariro - Beneficiary

Situation

Across Africa and in Tanzania particularly, albinism is poorly understood and the subject of many myths and superstitions. 210 people with albinism have been murdered, and 593 attacked, across 28 countries since 2006. Ostracised and hunted because of their skin colour, people with albinism are excluded from services like education and healthcare. The population faces a skin cancer crisis and chronic economic insecurity in addition to the threat of witchcraft-motivated violence.

Solution

In Tanzania, we have established a rehabilitation and training facility for victims of abuse. The Umoja Training Centre (UTC) is a space for people with albinism to undergo group therapy and enrol in skills development programmes promoting community integration. We are currently building a separate transitional support centre, the Umoja Children’s Centre (UCC), specifically for children with albinism, so that they can access medical care, trauma recovery services and educational support.