Help 10 Albino Children Saved from Sacrifice

 
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Evelyn
Evelyn

Background

Evelyn is one of the original 10 albino children rescued from traffickers in December 2013, which began the HHI Albino Rescue Program. Evelyn was 3 months old at the time. Evelyn’s father had driven Florence, her mother, out of the house for birthing a “demon”. Since Evelyn is too young to attend school, HHI found Florence and Evelyn a place to stay, helps support the needs of Evelyn and will enroll her in school when it is time.

 

The Second Rescue of Evelyn

Recently, two men approached the house where Evelyn and her mother were living and attempted to gain entry, but failed. There was a second attempt a few nights later, which forced Florence and Evelyn to flee and hide for the child’s safety. Through a Good Samaritan named Violet, she was able to send word to Michael Sabiiti, Country Director for Humanity Healing International and Founder of SCOSP, of her predicament. Michael immediately set off with one of his team.

Florence was unaware, however, that the men had followed her. In the middle of the village of Namabale, the two men accosted Florence and tried to pull Evelyn out of her hands. Florence began to scream and when Violet and others came to help, the two men took off running. Florence and Evelyn hid in Violet’s house to wait for Michael.

 

Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

Michael had difficulty locating Evelyn and Florence initially, as he did not know the exact location of Violet’s house. While searching, he stopped to ask two children who were harvesting sweet potatoes if they had seen a young woman carrying a “white child”. They had and were able to direct him to Violet’s house. To Michael’s surprise, they also told him they had seen three other “white” children running by their village.  

Michael took Florence and Evelyn to the Sub-County Leadership to report the attack against them and left them in official care while he went to look for the other albino children he had learned of.  The successful rescue of these children will be in an upcoming report.

Our sincere Gratitude to Michael for his heroic efforts. Evelyn and Florence have been relocated and we will continue to keep a watchful eye out for their safety.

 

Evelyn’s Future

A kidnapping attempt by two men of an albino toddler highlights the seriousness of the trafficking of children with albinism. As long as there is a demand for Albino children and/or their body parts for sacrifice and use in “black magic” rituals, Evelyn will never be truly safe. Our mission is to not only provide a safe environment and a chance for children like Evelyn to grow and learn, but to also raise awareness of this stain on humanity and create change in how persons with albinism are viewed in society. It is a slow process, but we are making progress.

You can give a child with albinism a chance to grow, get an education, and provide a living example that albinism is not a curse, just a different face of humanity. Sponsorship is only $30 per month.

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Shanitah
Shanitah

Last Christmas, your support helped us save the lives of 10 albino children who were on the run from human traffickers, who sell their body parts to be used in "magic" rituals. A truly horrific situation.

Last month, the little girl pictured was rescued from where she was used for ritual blood-letting.

The Albino Rescue Project is up to 31 rescued children who are now in safe schools and safe homes. Bless You for your Support and Compassion!

Our latest rescue was Shanitah, an adorable 7 year-old girl, who was being held by a witchdoctor for ritual blood-letting in his "magic" rituals.  You can see the scars on her shaved head.  She is in safe hands now, and is receiving treatment for both physical and emotional wounds.  She will be starting school with the next term.  You can read the full story of her rescue at:

The Rescue of Shanitah – Albino Rescue Project

There are more children with albinism that need your support.  Here is a new video about the project.

Albino Rescue Project - Uganda

Thank you again for your generous support!

May the New Year bring you Joy, Health, and Prosperity!

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Mary and Bryan - 2 of the children in the program
Mary and Bryan - 2 of the children in the program

We have received word of an 8-10 year old albino girl named Shanitah, who was being kept by a "witch doctor" in Western Uganda. We were told that Shanitah is suffering from numerous wounds, particularly on her head, where she has been repeatedly cut in order to collect her blood for use in "magic" rituals.

I have just sent authorization and funds to the HHI Country Director, and head of SCOSP Uganda, Michael Sabiiti to organize an immediate rescue mission to find the girl and bring her to safety, where we can get her wounds treated and get her enrolled in a safe school, where she has a future beyond degradation, pain, suffering and death.

As inconceivable as it sounds, this is real life, not the script of a horror movie. The trafficking of the body parts of persons with albinism in Africa not only happens, but is a growing problem.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! PLEASE! While I am very grateful for the opportunity to help others through our 501c3 public charity Humanity Healing International, but there are days where my heart weeps and my soul bleeds by the work we do.

How you can help:

First, keep Shanitah in your hearts and send prayers for the successful rescue of this little girl by Michael and his team from the hands of this monster who is victimizing her. May they find only helpful hands and hearts until Shanitah is safe.

Second, please donate whatever you can. We are a 501c3 public charity. Donations are tax-deductable and 100% of the donations we receive go to the projects. My wife, Liane, and I cover the all operational expenses of the charity ourselves.

Third, sponsor a child. Sponsorship is $30/month - $1 a day - and keeps one of the children with albinism we have rescued in safe schools and cared for. We have far more children than we have sponsors, and we desperately need more open hearts to step forward.

The easiest way to donate or become a sponsor is here through GlobalGiving.

Thank you, and Bless you for your Compassion!

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Sharon and her younger sister Happy are now safe
Sharon and her younger sister Happy are now safe

Humanity Healing International’s Albino Rescue program has grown.  From the original 10 children rescued from traffickers in December 2013, the program has grown to 29 children.

While any form of human trafficking is horrendous, the trafficking of children with albinism in Uganda and other regions of Africa is even more terrible as albinos are hunted for their body parts for use in “magic” rituals.

HHI Country Director, and Founder of SCOSP Uganda, Michael Sabiiti, received word of four children who had fled to the bush ahead of human traffickers and lead a team into the bush to look for them.  Remarkably, Michael and his team were able to find 14 children at risk and bring them to safety.

Several of the children needed medical attention and all have now been placed in safe homes and those of school age are now in safe schools.

HHI is in process of updating the profiles of the children in the program on its website, http://humanityhealing.org.  We will send word when this is up.

Bless you for your Compassion in connecting with these children and thank you for helping us to help these children through your generous donations to the program.

Elias unsure if he should trust us (he did)
Elias unsure if he should trust us (he did)

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Uwase Grace (middle front) concentrates in class
Uwase Grace (middle front) concentrates in class

It has been three months since Humanity Healing International launched the Albino Rescue project and it has grown.  We have added 5 more children to the project and the 14 school age children are all happily attending classes in safe environments.

The 15th child is a 3-month old baby, Evelyn, whose 18 year old mother, Florence, was driven from her home for birthing an albino child.  They needed immediate treatment at a medical center, but are now healthy, safe and happy.  Three of the other children, Annette, Brian and Mary, also needed medical attention, which your generous donations made possible.

For many, getting an education in Uganda is not free. If a child cannot afford a uniform, tuition, school supplies, or accommodation; classroom doors are often slammed in their face.  Even the smallest requirement, such as the ability to purchase a pencil or a book, prevents children from going to school in Uganda every day. 

These challenges are worse still for a child with albinism, because they bear the added burdens of fear and discrimination. 

13 of our 14 albino children in school are sitting their first term exams and each child has pens, erasers, and pencils in their hand because of your donations.  Thank you.

Please consider a $30 reoccurring monthly donation to fully sponsor a child staying in school.

Our oldest child, Annette, has resumed her studies at the University for a Bachelor of Public Administration and Management, and she wants to use her skills after graduation to save other children living with albinism from systemic deprivation, stigmatization and fear. 

What we have found is that the children we are currently helping are just the tip of the iceberg.  We have touched on an entire sub-culture that lives in fear and discrimination because of their albinism.  Our intention is, with your support, to grow this program to provide a safe secure environment for children with albinism to gain the education they need to overturn the current cultural view through their own example.

Our sincere Gratitude for your continuing support!

Annette Tumushime learning computer skills
Annette Tumushime learning computer skills
Evelyn and her mother Florence
Evelyn and her mother Florence

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Christopher Buck

Asheville, NC United States

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