The African Millennium Foundation designed Fashioning Lives Project to uplift and inspire communities, in partnership with Dr. Spencer Doty and his company Active Live Inc., and with your support we stand a great chance to make a monumental difference in the life of a young girl from Tanzania, simply known as Bibiana.
Over the past few years, a gruesome trend has emerged in Tanzania: organized violence against people with albinism. Albinos are being attacked, their limbs hacked off , and sometimes left for dead. Why? Albinism is not widely understood in Tanzania and in many cultures; the condition is regarded as supernatural instead of genetic. Traditional healers have used the limbs of albinos to create “potions” that they claim will bring wealth to clients. The limbs can be worth between $5,000 and $20,000 on the black market. In a country where the per capita income is roughly $450 per year, that is a fortune. Since December 2006, more than 50 albinos have been murdered in Tanzania, and many others have been mutilated.
Yrneh Gabon Brown has introduced us to one of these victims. Her name is Bibiana and she is a very bright 14 year old albino girl that lives in Tanzania. Bibiana was snatched at the age of 10 and her leg was brutally hacked off by machete above the knee. Although she currently has a prosthetic leg, she has outgrown it, making it difficult and painful to walk. She lives in fear that one day her attacker will return and she will not be able to run.
We estimate that the trip and all other accommodations will cost about $25,000.00.
Please help me reach my goal to make a dramatic difference in the life of a special young girl who deserves this opportunity. I know she is capable of so much if just given the chance.
We need to raise enough money to accomplish this goal and if I happen to raise more, the funds will be used accordingly:
1. Boarding school tuition for Bibiana, which will be a safer environment for her to learn
2. Future trips to the US for re-fittings, which should happen every two years until she is 18 and fully developed
3. Creating programs that will promote sustainable income for the women of Tanzania
Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help:
- Please consider sharing this story on your Facebook page and at the office, you could an office pool or any place where people gather. Ask folks to get the word out and make some noise about our campaign.
- Make sure to use the Indiegogo share tools, Bibiana will be so grateful
And that’s all there is to it.