“It was an act of compassion that drove us there. We saw the condition the kids with albinism were in. My immediate response was, we have to do something.”

-- Peter Ash, Founder & CEO

The first 5 years of Under The Same Sun
History

UTSS began as a meeting of the heart, mind and vision of Peter Ash and Vicky Ntetema. Vicky was a journalist and Tanzania's BBC bureau chief, and Peter a former pastor and Canadian businessman with albinism, whose professional life was in transition. It was Vicky's report in July of 2008 that broke the story to the world of the gruesome and fatal attacks on persons with albinism in Tanzania.

Shortly after her report, Peter got in touch with Vicky. They quickly realized their shared calling to battle the deadly discrimination faced by people with albinism and to help empower those living with albinism in Tanzania and beyond.

UTSS, a Canadian registered charity, was born later in 2008 by founder and CEO Peter Ash. In 2009 UTSS registered as a U.S. 501 (c)(3) charity and as a Tanzanian non-government organization (NGO) opening its field office in Dar es Salaam headed by Vicky Ntetema.

Today, in its Canadian headquarters, there are 1 full-time and 7 part-time staff, including 3 who have albinism. UTSS Tanzania has 20 staff and interns, all Tanzanian, and more than half have albinism.

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United Nations and Under The Same Sun

UTSS has played a leading role at the United Nations and the African Union in helping to form and pass resolutions and reports on the prevention of attacks and the discrimination against persons with albinism around the world.

2013

United Nations and African Union Human Rights Councils pass historic resolutions on Persons with Albinism recognizing the discrimination and condemning the atrocities they face in many countries.

2014

UN marks June 13, 2015 as the first International Albinism Awareness Day.

2015

UN appoints first ever independent expert to bring focus on the issue of violence and discrimination facing people with albinism around the world.

UTSS Latest News

April 12th, 2017
Tanzanian children with albinism seek care in US
Four Tanzanian children with albinism, who lost limbs in brutal superstition-driven attacks, arrived in the United States on Saturday for medical treatment and respite from a homeland where they are persecuted and feared.
April 12th, 2017
Global News
Four Tanzanian children with albinism who lost limbs in brutal superstition-driven attacks arrived in the United States on Saturday for medical treatment and respite from a homeland where they are persecuted and feared.
April 12th, 2017
Malawi police arrest 2 men found with the bones of a person with albinism
Police followed and arrested 2 men caught selling human bones near Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe.
April 12th, 2017
Malawi attack survivor: 'I am too scared to sleep'
Femia Tchulani survived an attempted kidnapping in Malawi by people wanting to kill her for her body parts.
April 12th, 2017
Witch doctors in Malawi are hiring ‘hit men’
In Malawi, where the condition is more common than almost anywhere in the world, witch doctors hire ‘hit men’ from among the impoverished rural communities to murder then mutilate persons with albinism so they can use their organs for ‘medicines’ that are sold at huge prices.
April 12th, 2017
Persons with albinism in Zambia call for end to brutality
At least ten PWA are murdered in ritual killings every year in Zambia.
March 06th, 2017
Nyasa Times
Malawi Police have intensified their hunt for attackers who severely wounded two persons with albinism Friday.
March 03rd, 2017
Africa Times
An independent United Nations expert called Friday for stronger oversight of traditional medicine in African countries in order to limit the threat to people living with albinism.
January 27th, 2017
Nyasa Times
Malawi Police have arrested four people for allegedly transacting in tissues extracted from a previously murdered person with albinism.
January 23rd, 2017
South Coast Herald
"Albinism won't stop me" Thubelihle Mpisi a successful young South African lawyer living with albinism.