Altruist supports Under The Same Sun http://www.underthesamesun.com/, a charity supporting children with albinism in Tanzania and the rest of Africa. We believe everybody should have an equal opportunity to be protected from the sun. With each purchase we will donate 10p. You can help albino children in Africa.
Why is having albinism such an issue?
In Tanzania, and many parts of Africa, having albinism is a sentence to a harsh life and early death.
- Albinism is a genetic condition, more prevalent in Africa.
- It results in a person looking white due to a lack of pigmentation in the hair, skin and eyes.
- People with albinism are visually impaired and highly vulnerable to sun exposure resulting in high rates of skin cancer.
- Societal ignorance about the condition, as well as long-standing beliefs associated with witchcraft, lead to the dehumanization of people with albinism. It is widely believed that the body parts of people with albinism, used by witch doctors in magical charms and potions, bring wealth, health and good luck. This leads to brutal attacks resulting in maiming, death and the black market trafficking of albino body parts.Since 2006, more than 300 attacks have been recorded in 25 countries, and likely many more have gone unrecorded.
Did You Know…
- The top killer of people with albinism in Tanzania is skin cancer?
- With its scorching hot sun, the tropical climate of Tanzania puts people with albinism at a high risk for developing skin cancer at an early age.
- 100% of children with albinism in Tanzania show signs of SUN-RELATED SKIN DAMAGE by the age of 10.
- About 30,000 people have albinism in Tanzania today. HALF of them will develop ADVANCED SKIN CANCER before the age of 30.
- LESS THAN 2% WILL LIVE to be 40 YEARS OLD.
Under The Same Sun supports people with albinism in Tanzania with hats, locally made sunscreen, education and involves the local community.
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