90% of people with Albinism in Uganda live in rural areas where they can't grow their own food because of the danger from the Ugandan sun. They also face danger from Albino hunters who use them in ritual sacrifices. This project will set up and equip a vocational school to provide vocational education and life skills training to 200 young people with Albinism in rural Uganda. The training will help these vulnerable Ugandans develop skills to run their own businesses and become more independent
In Uganda, people with Albinism face many challenges. They are highly susceptible to skin cancer and other sun-related ailments when exposed to the hot sun- particularly when they try to farm as their neighbors do. Because of their unique condition, people with Albinism are also hunted and used for ritual sacrifice in Ugandan villages. They need a place to learn skills that will help them to become more independent and reduce their reliance on their families and communities.
This project will help children and young adults with Albinism in Uganda by teaching them the skills they need to have their own businesses. They'll receive direct training such as tailoring, soap making, candle making, and computer skills along with participating in apprenticeship programs. Running their own businesses will mean they can avoid the sun and isolated areas where hunters target them.
Over the next two years, building this school for children and young adults with Albinism in Uganda will help 200 individuals provide for themselves and stay safe and healthy. By enabling them to run their own businesses, they'll be able to stay out of the skin cancer-causing sun, and stay away from the Albino hunters who would kill and dismember them.