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Many visitors have emailed questions to us and from these, we have been able to pick out the most popular ones. If you do not see your question answered here, please feel free to email us using the Contact Us page.

Mailing Address:
#200 - 15127 100 Avenue
Surrey, BC, Canada, V3R 0N9
Email: info@underthesamesun.com

On this website:
PWA refers to Person(s) With Albinism.
UTSS refers to Under The Same Sun.


Please read through the following and click on the question that addresses your inquiry.

We will only reply to email questions NOT addressed by the FAQs.

Your shared concern for people with albinism in Tanzania makes you a valued partner of UTSS in this vital cause.
 


  • 1. Which items can be shipped to Tanzania?
    PLEASE NOTE:
    UTSS is no longer accepting physical items for shipment to Tanzania.
    There are several reasons for this:
    • To support the local economy of Tanzania. (Good quality sunscreen, wide brimmed hats, long sleeved clothing and school supplies are now available in Tanzania.)
    • To avoid the excessive costs of shipping, duty & tariffs which frequently ended up costing more than the shipped goods were worth.
    • To avoid lengthy delays related to shipping and inefficient customs procedures in Tanzania. Sunscreen in particular would languish due to the extreme temperatures in container cars on the shipyard docks.
    • Low vision devices like prescription glasses, frames, sunglasses, monoculars and magnifiers are now being provided for all of our Education Program students through an NGO called Standing Voice. Whenever possible they use local Tanzanian services. They also work with international agencies who provide new, high quality vision products at significantly reduced prices.

    • THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO:
      • MAKE A FINANCIAL DONATION that ensures these high quality goods are being distributed to PWA in Tanzania in the most economical and efficient ways possible while supporting the local economy.


  • 2. Is Under The Same Sun a “legitimate” charity and are my donations being used honestly?
    Absolutely. Under The Same Sun is a Canadian federally-registered charity (B/N 85159 9860 RR0001) in accordance with The Income Tax Act of Canada. For our U.S. donors we are also a 501(c)(3) exempt organization (EIN 68-0680719). Furthermore, UTSS is registered and recognized under The Non-Governmental Organizations Act, 2002 of the United Republic of Tanzania. We appreciate that you entrust us with your donations. That's why 100% of your gifts always go directly to assist people with albinism in Tanzania. We have a committed benefactor who continues to cover all our administrative costs, so that your gifts can completely and directly help meet the needs of those we serve. Under The Same Sun is recognized by Intelligent Philanthropy for its commitment to transparency. Our Tanzanian books are audited independently. See our overview here: CLICK HERE
     
  • 3. How do I contact schools in Tanzania?
    Under The Same Sun works with several schools in Tanzania which are currently assisting children with albinism to remain safe and to receive an education.

    Unfortunately, we are unable to provide mailing addresses for the schools at this time.
     
  • 4. How do I send monetary donations to UTSS?
    Under The Same Sun accepts credit card donations through our website: Click here to donate

    Cheques should be made payable to Under The Same Sun and can be mailed in US or CDN dollars to: Suite #200, 15127 – 100 Avenue, Surrey, BC CANADA, V3R 0N9.
     
  • 5. How do I adopt a child with albinism from Tanzania?
    Under The Same Sun is not involved in or with any adoption procedures or agencies in Tanzania. As a result, we cannot offer any advice or information on this subject.
     
  • 6. Can I write to and be a pen-pal with adults/children with albinism in Tanzania?
    Due to security concerns, we are not able to release the contact details of individual persons with albinism in Tanzania.

    In addition, Please be aware that the vast majority of Tanzanians do not speak or read the English language. Although English is spoken more frequently in business, governmental and tourism realms, the official language of Tanzania is Kiswahili.
     
  • 7. Can I sponsor an individual child with albinism in Tanzania?
    At this time, all donations will go directly to sponsoring education for persons with albinism in Tanzania as a general donation. Due to the urgency of the situation as well as security precautions, we are not able to assign donors to a student with whom they can be in personal contact. Their identity and location are frequently hidden to prevent further risk.
     
  • 8. How can I get involved (partner) with UTSS?
    We admire your passion and desire to join UTSS in this very significant cause.

    UTSS does not have a volunteer program at this time nor do we have job positions available in our Tanzanian office. We employ only Tanzanian citizens with a preference given to persons with albinism. I'm sure you will understand our reasoning for this. As for our Canadian office, we are very small and fully staffed
    You may want to consider initiating a fund raiser in your area as a way of getting involved and to increase awareness. See FAQ #13 for more information.
     
  • 9. How can I get an internship experience with UTSS?
    Academic / research internships with the UTSS office in Tanzania are offered on a very limited basis (1 or 2 per year) and available only to persons with albinism (PWA) who are also college or university students in Tanzania.

    All the resources and efforts of UTSS are confined to the country of Tanzania itself, due to the severity of the crisis that exists there. As you may know, there are tens of thousands of PWA in Tanzania alone.

    At this time, all Under The Same Sun (UTSS) resources are directed to over 300 Education Scholarship Fund (ESF) students, all of whom are PWA in Tanzania. The number of ESF students will increase in future academic years and so this will remain the primary target of UTSS resources.
     
  • 10. How can I get financial sponsorship from UTSS?
    We are not able to sponsor other NGOs, artists, athletes or other professional or personal causes. While we deeply value the contributions of these groups, and occasionally ally with them, we are not able to offer financial support. It is our hope that these groups are self motivated in their desire to serve the cause of persons with albinism (PWA) in Tanzania with whatever resources available to them.

    All the resources and efforts of UTSS are confined to the country of Tanzania itself, due to the severity of the crisis that exists there. As you may know, there are tens of thousands of PWA in Tanzania alone.

    At this time, all Under The Same Sun (UTSS) resources are directed to over 300 Educational Scholarship Fund (ESF) students, all of whom are PWA in Tanzania. The number of ESF students will increase in future academic years and so this will remain the primary target of UTSS resources.
     
  • 11. How can I get education sponsorship from UTSS?
    Education Scholarship Funding (ESF) is only available to persons with albinism (PWA) in Tanzania. We are not able to sponsor education for PWA in other countries at this time. If you are a PWA living in Tanzania and are interested in being sponsored for education, please contact us from this website and we will forward your request to our office in Dar es Salaam.

    All the resources and efforts of UTSS are confined to the country of Tanzania itself, due to the severity of the crisis that exists there. As you may know, there are tens of thousands of PWA in Tanzania alone.

    At this time, all Under The Same Sun (UTSS) resources are directed to over 300 Educational Scholarship Fund (ESF) students, all of whom are PWA in Tanzania. The number of ESF students will increase in future academic years and so this will remain the primary target of UTSS resources.
     
  • 12. How can I get sunscreen from UTSS?
    We do not ship sunscreen to individuals or groups. Our sunscreen supply is very limited and only available in Tanzania to persons with albinism (PWA) who are enrolled in our Education Scholarship Fund (ESF) program. We also try to distribute sunscreen to all PWA who visit our office in Dar es Salaam, if our supply allows.

    All the resources and efforts of UTSS are confined to the country of Tanzania itself, due to the severity of the crisis that exists there. As you may know, there are tens of thousands of PWA in Tanzania alone.

    At this time, all Under The Same Sun (UTSS) resources are directed to over 300 Educational Scholarship Fund (ESF) students, all of whom are PWA in Tanzania. The number of ESF students will increase in future academic years and so this will remain the primary target of UTSS resources.
     
  • 13. How can I do a fundraiser for UTSS?
    A fundraiser in your area is a great way to do awareness raising and advocacy at the same time.

    Venues: Often religious groups, community clubs (ie. Lions), special interest groups (ie. disability, human rights), schools and work places are great venues for such an event. An online campaign is another idea via email, Facebook or Twitter, etc. You can also host a run, walk or ride or host a dessert evening showing the documentary White & Black: Crimes of Colour to create awareness and raise funds for UTSS. Be creative!

    Resources: Please inform yourself properly before going into a fundraiser by browsing our website, especially the RESOURCES page.

    -UTSS has produced a professionally made, 59 minute, HD quality documentary called White & Black: Crimes of Colour. It is available on DVD in English, French & Kiswahili, in both formats: NTSC (North America) & PAL (Europe, Africa and Asia). For a complimentary copy to show at your fundraiser, email info@underthesamesun.com

    - The UTSS YouTube site has some interesting video footage of some of our activities: www.youtube.com/channel/UCR1PqNxhAupmYjb48ATw-YQ

    -Feel free to use any of the information on our website to make your own posters, brochures or other informational / promotional literature.

    -Our Canadian office also has several informational brochures which we would be happy to mail out to you. Contact info@underthesamesun.com

    DONATION FAQ's you need to know:
    FAQ#1 - Which items can be shipped to Tanzania?
    FAQ#2 - Is Under The Same Sun a "legitimate" charity and are my donations being used honestly?
    FAQ#4 - How do I send monetary donations to UTSS?

    UNDER THE SAME SUN IS A REGISTERED CHARITY IN THE U.S. AND IN CANADA.
    CANADIAN CHARITABLE REGISTRATION NO. 85159 9860 RR0001
    UNITED STATES IRS 501(C)(3) EIN 68-0680719

    ALL DONATIONS WILL GO TO Under The Same Sun's Education Program (EP)which is our flagship, offering education grants to keen and dedicated students with albinism demonstrating a need for financial or other schooling assistance. Beneficiaries are grantees for primary, secondary and all levels of higher learning up to PhD levels. Due to the multiple attacks on PWA in Tanzania, hundreds of children were herded into 9 Government boarding schools throughout the country for “safe keeping”. The extreme overcrowding and poor living conditions in these schools compelled UTSS to relocate hundreds of these “displaced children” into higher quality private boarding schools. The ESF program also covers the costs of the medical services for sick grantees and ensures that they get protective gear including sunscreen lotion and low vision devices. These students will be future models within their own society of what PWA can be when given equal opportunity. This is our greatest “weapon” against discrimination and our most powerful source of educating and advocating a culture towards change. (Donations are not used for administrative expenses related to our office, staff salaries or travel expenses etc.)

    Your shared concern for people with albinism in Tanzania makes you a partner of UTSS in this vital cause.

    UTSS DONATION POLICY

    Disbursement of funds is limited to Board-approved programs or projects. Every donation designated towards a specific project will be used as allotted with the understanding that, when there are sufficient funds or if it cannot be completed for any reason, the remainder of the donation will be used where needed most.

    UTSS PRIVACY POLICY

    Under The Same Sun is committed to donor privacy. We respect your privacy and do not rent, sell, exchange or share our mailing lists.

    3 Easy Ways to Give:

    - Call 604-336-8867
    - Give securely online at www.underthesamesun.com (immediate e-receipt)
    - Send your cheque made out to Under The Same Sun to: Under The Same Sun #200 – 15127 100th Ave., Surrey, B.C., Canada, V3R 0N9
     

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