For people with albinism the world can often be a difficult place, but in rural Tanzania the dangers are a matter of life and death. In recent years numerous albinos have been killed or mutilated by criminals attempting to sell their body parts on the black market. Model and activist Simon Tham, along with Assisting Children in Need Vice President Melissa Klein, recruited models Stephen Thompson and Diandra Forrest to raise awareness about this continuing problem. Watch their video and find out more about the upcoming ACN fundraiser this Thursday to raise money for the Tanzania Albino Society.
Over 60 albinos in Tanzania have been reported murdered for their limbs that have been ground and mixed with tribal medicine and sold by witch doctors as good luck charms. Others have disappeared or have been mutilated.
Assisting Children in Need (ACN) is a non-profit organization with projects around the world that focuses on the individual, abandoned child who might be forgotten or ignored without positive intervention.
ACN was asked by the Kilimanjaro branch of the Tanzania Albino Society (K-TAS) to assist them to develop a strategy to address the discrimination leveled against albinos in the region. In response, ACN has renovated and donated a building to K-TAS to function as their headquarters and a dormitory for abandoned albino youth. The proceeds from the evening will contribute towards these ACN efforts as well as school tuition, vocational training costs, and skin cancer screening clinics.
The evening will feature a raffle, open bar from 6:30 – 8:30pm, live music and photography exhibit by Simon Tham. We would love for you to join us in support of this cause on Thursday, October 13.
Assisting Children in Need
The Tanzania Project
Thursday, October 13
6:30pm- 8:30pm open bar
Dune Studios, 121 Varick between Dominick and Broome
$25 advance admission includes 1 raffle ticket
(Grand prizes include 7 nights for 2 at an estate in Tuscany, Italy
and 2 nights at Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk, NY)
Purchase tickets and make donations at: thetanzaniaproject.eventbrite.com
To find out more about Assisting Children in Need’s other projects around the world, go to their website.