One of the things we found out during our trip is that we have to adjust our goal. Together with RTL News reporter Koen de Regt, we found that only sending items did not achieve the desired result in government-subsidized camps.
This is the reason why, unlike many other foundations, we have observed the situation on sight.

There is much written in the media about children with albinism (KMA) in Africa. In Tanzania in particular, the situation for these children is alarming. The children are left in camps for their own safety in camps. Here they should be safe and locked away from the outside world.
These camps were initially set up as short term, emergency solutions, but have now acquired a long-term character. In some cases there is education, but during the holidays the camps close and the children are left to their own devices. Other camps prohibit contact with parents or family and the children live here until they are adults.

Many of these camps / children’s homes are overcrowded and have poor hygienic conditions. There are also known cases of sexual abuse.

THE PURPOSE OF OUR FOUNDATION IS TO PROMOTE THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN WITH ALBINISM.

In October we visited Tanzania to determine locally what we can really do to help the children. Here we have been at protectorates that are subsidized by the government, as well as in mixed boarding schools.

By visiting these places, we have been able to determine our objectives:

Protectorates need to become unnecessary

As long protectorates exist, we will have to help the children

Help a child studying

This is an objective on which several foundations are working internationally. The protectorates where children live in miserable circumstances should no longer exist. We can achieve this in several ways:

  1. Transfer children from the protectorates to good boarding schools

  2. Creating awareness at all levels of the population throughout Tanzania

We want to take children out of the the protectorates and transfer them to boarding schools throughout Tanzania. With this we mean specially adapted boarding schools where children with albinism receive good lessons, good food and live in clean circumstances. To achieve this, we are in close contact with a number of boarding schools, the leaders of the protectorates and international foundations with the same vision.

Creating awareness is possible by providing information at schools and handouts with explanations among the population, but also through the government.

As said, the protectorates should be unnecessary, but as long as they exist we want to help the children who live there as much as possible.
What struck us during the visit to Buhangija Center for people with albinism, the largest and most distressed camp in Tanzania, is that the children live in terrible conditions. There is room for 80 children but more than 400 live there. This is the reason that we have chosen Buhangija as the start.

What will/can we do in a protectorate:

  1. Visiting a number of times a year with volunteers, including doctors, dermatologists, and pedagogues
  2. Maintain close contact with the management

  3. Bringing items that are useful like sun cream, caps, sunglasses, mattresses, mosquito nets, clothing, etc.

  4. Start a feed-yourself project, teach the children to grow fruit and vegetables.

Giving a child a future by allowing him or her to study and learn a craft is a very important goal with a longer prospect. From primary school to university we want to sponsor children to learn a profession and in this way integrate as many people with albinism as possible into society. With this you also create more awareness that the superstitions are fables and that people with albinism are just as smart as everyone else.

With your donation you can help us improve the welfare of the children with Albinism in Tanzania.