One of the wonderful projects supported by the SELVD is the Right to Live with albinism project.
Young women with albinism live in a secure house with a deaconess for four months and learn to sew, make lotions, soaps and food products to eventually leave and learn how to support themselves in the community. This is necessary as they eventually “age out” of the secure compound that was their home.
According to the Health Research Funding, the rate of Albinism is highest in Tanzania and Burundi, where the disorder affects about 1 in every 1500 people. Continuing education of the public is needed to fight against misconceptions and discrimination. In areas where witchcraft is prevalent, their very life in endangered.
A fundraiser was held during the graduation so that each woman will return to her community with her own sewing machine and start-up materials. We pray that they will be able to live with security and dignity.
A new missionary couple has arrived to work in this wonderful project. We appreciate missionary Linda Funke for sharing her pictures of this event.