In East African communities, people with albinism face multiple forms of discrimination. Albinism is still profoundly misunderstood, socially and medically. The physical appearance of persons with albinism is often the object of erroneous beliefs and myths influenced by superstition, which foster their marginalisation and social exclusion. This leads to various forms of stigma and discrimination.
We’ve launched a Diversity Matters Beyond Borders campaign to support Albinism Crisis Outreach (ACO) in Uganda; grassroots organisation founded by Doreen Nawejje.
As well as taking sun protection aid (69 200ml bottles of SPF50 bought by funds raised online, 20 SPF50 200ml bottles donated by Ray Jones of Time Out London, and 480 10ml samples donated by SunSense UK!), Roll Out the Barrel Trust have donated 150 mosquito nets and 50 LifeStraw portable water filters to be distributed to those in need! It has been overwhelming the amount of support received (particularly last minute outreach) towards the cause before my journey to Uganda begins later today!
We supporting local social enterprise!
1 out of 10 African schoolgirls skips school or drops out of school due to a lack of menstrual products and poor access to proper sanitation, according to UNICEF. Menstruation should not be a barrier for any woman – anywhere! So we’re excited have found a sustainable solution by ordering from AfriPads; social enterprise in Uganda that manufactures and sells washable sanitary pads. Each reusable AfriPad kit costs about $5 each. We’re aiming to donate 50 packs to girls living in rural areas and offer life skills workshops facilitated by local practitioners.
Additionally, the money raised will go towards supporting individuals and families Albinism Crisis Outreach helps, by providing food aid and financial support towards school fees and housing. CLICK HERE to donate
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Kai and team