Friends of UTSS
Dr. Rebecca Kammer
UTSS cannot put into words our gratitude for the gift that Dr. Kammer (Becky) has given to people with albinism in Tanzania. She has tirelessly offered Low Vision Clinics, met with every student in our Education Program and provided glasses and other low vision devices. This will profoundly change their educational experience, their lives and ultimately the discriminatory attitudes against albinism in Tanzanian culture.
Albinism Fellowship of Australia
The Albinism Fellowship of Australia (AFA) is a national, non-profit organization established in 2005. The fellowship is run by volunteers who all have been personally touched by albinism in some way.The AFA’s key purpose is to provide support, education and fellowship to those with albinism, parents of children with albinism as well as their families and friends. While the albinism community in Australia is only small, the AFA provides a united voice to encourage productive developments and support within business, government and media.
The Canadian High Commission in Tanzania
The Canadian High Commission in Dar es Salaam generously donated $20,000 to help launch the UTSS Radio Campaign Project.
Discover Albinism Uganda
Discover Albinism Uganda is a U.S. based nonprofit working with the Uganda Albino's Association to end descrimination agains persons with albinism.
Express Lens Lab
UTSS is eternally grateful to Brian Goldstone and his company, Express Lens Lab, for the generous supply of optical lenses to meet the low vision needs of persons with albinism in Tanzania. This will profoundly change the educational experience of the students with albinism in our Education Scholarship Fund program. As education changes their lives, the discriminatory attitudes of their fellow countrymen will be challenged, as will the role of persons with albinism in Tanzanian culture.
Mr. REGINALD MENGI & IPP MEDIA
UTSS first encountered Reginald Mengi in his Dar es Salaam office on our very first trip to Tanzania in October of 2008. We have met numerous times since, and he has expressed nothing but solidarity and partnership in this vital cause that haunts his homeland. His alliance is sacred, as are his initiatives to join his fellow citizens with albinism. Thank you Reginald, for showing your love for people with albinism by airing our documentary throughout the nation on your television stations; for the ongoing newspaper and TV media coverage which keeps awareness of this issue alive in your homeland; for advertising a 6 month, education & advocacy film distribution campaign; for providing Kilimanjaro water to the crowds gathered at all the local film screening events, and above all for your enduring display of friendship to this cause and to UTSS.
Under The Same Sun would like to thank Ms. Jennifer Fisher and everyone in her Home Economic class at Burnaby Mountain Secondary School who worked so hard to make sun hats for children with albinism in Tanzania. These hats will be greatly appreciated! As well, we would like to thank Eyes on Twelfth for their donation of 29 children’s sunglasses.
Our thanks to the 1st Oliver Scout Troop for raising funds and then purchasing and packaging sunscreens destined to help people with albinism in Tanzania!!
A big THANK YOU to Davis Vision for their donation to UTSS! Davis Vision contributed 300 prescription glasses frames which will be used as part of the UTSS project to provide vision correction for some of the people with albinism in Tanzania . At this time, the majority of Tanzanian children with albinism cannot even see the chalkboards in their classrooms. Once these frames are fitted with suitable prescription lenses, we hope that they will help to remove at least some of the fear felt by vision-impaired children about going to school. THANK YOU DAVIS VISION
Under The Same Sun would like to thank everyone at Coolibar for the donation of hundreds of pieces of sun-protective clothing!! Your gift of sun-hats specifically destined for children with albinism in two Tanzanian schools takes our collective breath away….and it doesn’t end there!!! The many other pieces of clothing for children and adults with albinism will all be distributed and will help to protect these people who have no melanin in their skin to shield them from the harsh African sun. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
A special THANK YOU from Under The Same Sun to Erin Shaw of Pound Ridge, New York! After learning about the plight of Tanzanians with albinism on ABC’s 20/20, Erin rolled up her sleeves and got to work!! She organized a shopping event at Vineyard Vines in Westport, Connecticut to raise money for Under The Same Sun’s work in Tanzania. Furthermore, Erin has been tirelessly canvassing her friends and family to help out however they can. Erin, thanks for really helping to make a difference – not just by raising funds, but by spreading the word and making people aware of the murders going on in Tanzania. We are YOUR fans Erin!!
Lions Clubs International District 105A
A special thank you to the Lions Club District 105A in the UK for their generous donation of £5000.00.