THERE IS RELATIVELY LITTLE STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH ALBINISM IN THE U.S. MOST CHILDREN WHO HAVE THIS SKIN CONDITION CAN FREELY ATTEND SCHOOL, ENGAGE IN VARIOUS HOBBIES, AND WALK ANYWHERE THEY PLEASE. THIS IS NOT, HOWEVER, THE CASE IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD.
This leads to a cycle of inescapable poverty; because they cannot finish school, they are unable to find any work, which ultimately pushes them to live in poverty. In Rwanda, for instance, children who have albinism are often bullied, both physically and verbally, and drop out of school due to discrimination. This leads to a cycle of inescapable poverty; because they cannot finish school, they are unable to find any work, which ultimately pushes them to live in poverty. To add to the problem, people with albinism have the highest skin cancer rates around the globe. Without health insurance to receive medical treatment or money to buy SPF sunscreen to protect their extremely sensitive skin, many die at a very young age. In Tanzania, reports suggest that life expectancy for people with albinism can be as low as 40 years.
To stop the bullying and discrimination that children with albinism face in Rwanda, the NYDG Foundation has partnered with the Rwanda Albinism Society, one of the country’s first albinism-focused charity and the Tumurere Foundation to provide scholarships and health support. Our aim is to build healthy and inclusive communities for all.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
If you’re interested in helping Rwandan children with albinism, there are several things you can do. If, for example, you have a medical degree and work in the field of dermatology, you might want to help by going to Rwanda. There are very few qualified dermatologists in the country, so volunteering your time and knowledge to assist kids who have albinism is absolutely invaluable. If going to Rwanda isn’t the right option for you, donating to the NYDG Foundation scholarship fund is an amazing way to help change the lives of these kids. No matter what you are able to give, you are making a positive impact on the Rwandan community. Providing these children with an education is the key to helping them lead productive and happy lives.
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?
Send us an email and we can provide additional information on our work in Rwanda.