The Humanist Orphans Center launched its Albino Rescue Project that aims at protecting children suffering from Albinism. The project focuses on rescuing and giving support to albinos, who are stigmatized, and in many cases, kidnapped and killed for their body parts, which are sold to witch doctors, businessmen and fishermen. We launched the project with support from Brighter Brains Institute.
George Ongere, the Director of Humanist Orphans and CFI/ Kenya, said that the stigmatization that these children undergo compels the organization to give the children opportunities able to make them recognized people in the community.
One of the problems that have faced the albinism community is that they still do not know whether to call themselves people with disability or not. According to June Waugh, a licensed family and Child Counselor, the general public, together with the people who suffer from albinism, do not agree that they are disabled people and this has made the albinism community not to identify themselves as a group. Despite their dilemma on whether they should be termed as disabled group, albinos are always treated the same as people with disabilities or minority groups.
In Africa, what makes Albinos draw attention is their skin, hair and eye color. Always, when an albino child is born, the skin is oculocutaneous and the hair is white. In non white communities, like Sub – Saharan Africa, skin color is very critical and parents who give birth to Albinos face the wrath of the community by getting unfriendly comments. It makes them raise these children in isolation and most of the time they are not even allowed to leave the house and play with other children. In some parts of Africa, children with albinism are believed to harbor evil spirit or are signs of a bad omen. Cases of Albino children abandoned in hospitals after birth is common in Kenya.
Our humanist values states that all people should be treated equally and given the opportunities prosper in life. Towards this, I would like to thank Hank Pellissier of Brighter Brains Institute for his fundraising efforts to ensure that these children get equal opportunities and protected. Through his effort, the Albino Rescue Project managed to get funds to buy artwork materials and food.
Moreover, the efforts of the Center For Inquiry to rescue an Albino child named Joy and took her to school is one of the inspiring stories. Joy was neglected for a long time and when the mother approached our center, we talked to the management of CFI and they took full sponsorship of the child. Joy is now the brightest girl in their class and made the class representative.
Lastly, we would like to thank the following Donors from Brighter Brains Institute who have been instrumental in the Albino Rescue Project:
David Thompson, Ivan Robic, Catherine Mason, Bradley Banks, J Massholder, Martin Stoner, Vicki Van Horn, Greg Burnet, Michelle Wessling, Maggie Harling, Cynthia Cane, Karen Zelevinsky and Tim Davies.
Below is the Video of the Albino Children happy getting Art and food materials from Brighter Brains, Enjoy!