We met this little boy in 2010. The context is not so simply stated. This photo was taken on the property of a boarding school in Tanzania. He is one of many albino children who are fortunate to be at this school, more out of safety than education. These children are there because they’re albino. They’re there to be protected. Tanzania has one of the largest populations of albinos in the world—but it is perhaps the worst place to be born albino. True for anywhere, those with albinism often suffer from bad eyesight and are at great risk for developing skin cancer; but an even greater concern particularly in Tanzania, is that those with albinism are being hunted and tortured for their body parts, which are then sold to witch doctors due to a belief in a deep-rooted myth. Even families have been known to betray family members with albinism often because of their own poverty and belief in this myth for wealth or good fortune. Part of our work with EITanzania in partnership with Agape Albino Group is to help raise awareness in this area, as well as do home visits to assist and educate families on how to care for family members with albinism. Admittedly, this has nothing to do with coffee. But it has everything to do with our heart for people, especially those we’ll be in community with in Tanzania. This is a frightening way to live. We want to be part of the change in the societal stigma toward those with albinism. Soon after arriving we hope to rekindle relations with Ms. Martha (of Agape Albino Group), an albino woman who is herself an advocate for albinos in the area. But we still need monthly support to be able to live and work in Tanzania. Check out our projects page for more info and consider joining this work by partnering with us financially.

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