Under The Same Sun is passionately committed to ending discrimination and violence against persons with albinism, and facilitating social inclusion and participation. We do this through advocacy and education. UTSS acts globally, with a current focus on Africa.
Our Vision & Values
“I have a dream that one day people with albinism will take their rightful place throughout every level of society, and that the days of discrimination against persons with albinism will be a faint memory” — Peter Ash, Founder & CEO
Under The Same Sun is a Christian organization. This means that we are driven by the belief that all people have intrinsic value because they are created in God’s image. Every individual is worthy of love, respect and dignity.
Facing intense discrimination, fear, visual limitations, and the harsh effects of the sun are daily realities for people living with albinism in Tanzania and other parts of Africa.
The ultimate aim of UTSS is that people with albinism will be fully contributing members of an inclusive and equitable society. To accomplish this, we work to change attitudes and behaviors towards people with albinism, beginning in Tanzania, so that:
- People understand what albinism is.
- They treat persons with albinism with dignity, respect, and equality.
- People with albinism and their families learn their rights and how to take care of their health issues.
- People with albinism have access to education.
- People with albinism have the same opportunities for health, safety, gainful employment and personal fulfilment as everybody else.
UTSS began as a meeting of the heart, mind and vision of Peter Ash and Vicky Ntetema. Vicky’s BBC report in July 2008 broke the story to the world of the gruesome and fatal attacks on persons with albinism in Tanzania. Shortly after, Peter got in touch with Vicky. They quickly realized their shared calling to battle the deadly discrimination faced by people with albinism and to help empower those living with albinism in Tanzania and beyond.
Under The Same Sun is proud of its past and present partnerships with these remarkable organizations, that have allowed us to better serve people with albinism in Africa.