About UTSS

Under The Same Sun (UTSS) is passionately committed to ending the often deadly discrimination against people with albinism. UTSS promotes, via advocacy and education, the wellbeing of persons with albinism who in many parts of the world are misunderstood, marginalized, and even attacked and killed because of their genetic condition. UTSS is founded on the belief that all persons are created in God’s image and as such are worthy of love, respect and, above all, dignity. 
 
While UTSS acts globally, much of our focus has been on the crisis faced by people with albinism in Tanzania. From there, UTSS is reaching across Africa and the world, to stimulate a movement that roots out discrimination and plants the seeds of empowerment for people living with albinism.
 

Why is having albinism such an issue?

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Who we are

OUR VISION:

“I have a dream that one day people with albinism will take their rightful place throughout every level of society, and that the days of discrimination against persons with albinism will be a faint memory - EVERYWHERE!” - Peter Ash, Founder & CEO

OUR MANDATE:

Under The Same Sun is passionately committed to social inclusion and seeing an end to the general and sometimes deadly discrimination against persons with albinism (PWA). We exist to promote, via advocacy and education, the wellbeing of PWA who in many parts of the world are marginalized, misunderstood, abused and at times mutilated and killed because of their genetic condition.

At UTSS we aredriven by the belief that all persons have intrinsic value as each is created in God’s image. Accordingly, all persons are worthy of love, respect and, above all, dignity. 

While UTSS is active at the UN and globally, much of our current focus is on the crisis faced by PWA in Tanzania. We have developed offices there with a highly innovative and effective approach to this issue. This is beginning to bring about the societal transformation needed to stop the stigma based attacks and killings. From there, UTSS is reaching across Africa and the world to stimulate a movement that roots out stigma and discrimination by planting the seeds of empowerment for people living with albinism.

Our Projects

White and Black: Crimes of Colour is a 58 minute, HD quality, feature-length documentary produced in three languages (English, Kiswahili and French) for the purposes of education and advocacy. By following the stories of three children, it depicts the struggle with profound and sometimes fatal discrimination faced by persons with albinism (PWA)in Tanzania. Since discrimination against PWA is a pan-African problem, UTSS wants as many eyes on the continent to see the message in this film as possible. For this reason, JF (Jean-Francois Mean), the director of our documentary, spent a year on the task of film distribution in sub-Saharan Africa. Since then he has completed an eight month prolonged focus on Tanzania, with both indoor and outdoor film screenings, in all of the major areas where attacks and killings occur.
  • Premier galas were held to launch the documentary in Surrey, B.C., Canada, on October 23, 2010 with 150 guests in attendance and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on November 22, 2010 with 180 guests in attendance.
  • The documentary has subsequently been produced in a fourth language; Peul (one of the most spoken languages in rural West Africa).

Friends of UTSS

Dr. Rebecca Kammer

UTSS cannot put into words our gratitude for the gift that Dr. Kammer (Becky) has given to people with albinism in Tanzania. She has tirelessly offered Low Vision Clinics, met with every student in our Education Program and provided glasses and other low vision devices. This will profoundly change their educational experience, their lives and ultimately the discriminatory attitudes against albinism in Tanzanian culture.

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Albinism Fellowship of Australia

The Albinism Fellowship of Australia (AFA) is a national, non-profit organization established in 2005. The fellowship is run by volunteers who all have been personally touched by albinism in some way.The AFA’s key purpose is to provide support, education and fellowship to those with albinism, parents of children with albinism as well as their families and friends. While the albinism community in Australia is only small, the AFA provides a united voice to encourage productive developments and support within business, government and media.

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The Canadian High Commission in Tanzania

The Canadian High Commission in Dar es Salaam generously donated $20,000 to help launch the UTSS Radio Campaign Project.

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Discover Albinism Uganda

Discover Albinism Uganda is a U.S. based nonprofit working with the Uganda Albino's Association to end descrimination agains persons with albinism. 

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Express Lens Lab

UTSS is eternally grateful to Brian Goldstone and his company, Express Lens Lab, for the generous supply of optical lenses to meet the low vision needs of persons with albinism in Tanzania. This will profoundly change the educational experience of the students with albinism in our Education Scholarship Fund program. As education changes their lives, the discriminatory attitudes of their fellow countrymen will be challenged, as will the role of persons with albinism in Tanzanian culture.

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