Leadership
Peter Ash
Founder & CEO

Peter Ash is a passionate Canadian philanthropist and entrepreneur who also has albinism. As a result of his disability, Christian faith, and business background, Peter is motivated to do whatever he can to provide resources and assistance to people with albinism who have become victims of discrimination in Tanzania, throughout Africa and worldwide.

Awards:

  • 2014 Companionate of Merit
  • 2014 President's Call to Service
  • 2012 New England College of Optometry Presidential Medal
  • 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2011 British Columbia Community Achievement Award
  • 2011 V-Award by Southern California College of Optometry
Our Executive Director in Tanzania

Our Executive Director, Vicky Ntetema, retired in May 2018. She began working with UTSS fighting for the rights of persons with albinism almost 10 years ago and served as our ED for the past eight years. Her years of service in the fight for the rights of persons with albinism has been exemplary. Many of you know about the great work she did within the country and beyond in this area. Her dedication to the cause has been truly inspiring.
 
The Important work of UTSS in Tanzania will continue under the capable leadership of our acting Executive Director, Ester Rwela. Ester has been with us serving in a variety of capacities, and most recently as part of the management team in the role of Program Manager. 

Paul Ash Director of Administration
Don Sawatzky Director of Operations

UTSS Latest News

May 04th, 2018
The Times
The president of Malawi has called for a debate on introducing the death penalty for “albino hunters” after the most recent case of a victim being killed for his body parts.
February 20th, 2018
Ikponwosa Ero named one of the 100 most influential Africans of 2017.
Ikponwosa Ero, UTSS staff member and UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of Human Rights by Persons with Albinism, has been named one of the 100 most influential Africans of 2017.
February 20th, 2018
Tanzanian children with albinism receive prosthetic limbs and a new lease on life.
ABC News reports on the journey of four children with albinism from Tanzania who recently travelled to the US to receive life changing prosthetic limbs.
November 28th, 2017
Zuwena's Children Face Unspeakable Danger
Learn how Understanding Albinism Seminars helped Zuwena's family.
November 16th, 2017
The Perils of Pale
Read National Geographic Magazine's in-depth coverage on the issues facing people with albinism in Tanzania.
October 30th, 2017
How your giving helps
Find out some of the ways your gifts make a difference.
October 26th, 2017
A quick update from UTSS
Read about three important events that we think will interest you.
October 26th, 2017
UTSS call for Tanzanian government to enact laws to provide strong punishment on attackers
Under the Same Sun country representative Vicky Ntetema said attacks on albinos were persisting due to lenient punishment against perpetrators.
October 26th, 2017
Unknown thugs chop off left hand of 75-year-old man with albinism
Mr. Nassor Mohammed, a 75 year old grandpa was attacked by unidentified thugs on Monday October 2, 2017.
October 26th, 2017
Tanzanian police arrest two for kidnapping child with albinism.
Tanzanian police have arrested a Tanzanian citizen and a Kenyan national for abducting a five-year old child with albinism in northern Tanzania’s district of Mwanga.