What does UTSS do?
Peter Ash - Founder & CEO
“Education is our greatest 'weapon' against discrimination and our most powerful source of advocating a culture towards change.”
Education Program
The Education Program provides people with albinism a high quality education in a safe, inclusive environment where their low-vision, health needs and other needs are also met.
UTSS cares for disadvantaged students with albinism, placing them in select boarding schools, where they are protected, integrated, and provided with the tools they need to learn. People with albinism, with the help of our donors, can complete any level of schooling from primary school to PhD.

What you've helped us achieve so far:

  • 400 students in the program since 2010
  • 85 graduates
  • Vocational training and career placement
  • The Guide for Educators of Persons with Albinism included in the official educational curriculum of all schools in Tanzania since 2013
Discover how access to education, vocational training and internships give hope to young people with albinism.
Meet Kulwa
Meet Kulwa

A young woman with a new future after completing our education program

Meet Mariamu
Meet Mariamu

A vocational school graduate now running her own business.

Meet Perpetua
Meet Perpetua

A law graduate in Under The Same Sun’s internship program

You can help provide an education for a young person with albinism
Summer Camp

Every couple of years UTSS runs a Summer Camp for 170 children with albinism who are abandoned by their families and have nowhere to go when the residential school term is up.

At summer camp we make sure every child knows that they are loved and that they can accomplish anything they dream. See the difference that camp makes to change lives.

Meet Emmanuel
Meet Emmanuel

Happy Camper and Budding Artist

Summer Camp Highlights
Summer Camp Highlights

An action-packed week of friends, learning and fun

Meet Mwigulu
Meet Mwigulu

Can 8 days of camp really change a life? 

UTSS provides ongoing support in a multitude of ways.
Continuing support is provided to our students to give them all the tools they need to succeed.

Low vision clinics and supply of visual aids

Skin screening clinics, sunscreen and hat distributions, and skin cancer treatment

Support for victims of trauma: prosthetics, counselling, safe house, small business projects


Holiday celebrations, family visits, and local community involvement

Alumni Support

Career placement

Training teachers about albinism

UTSS Latest News

November 28th, 2017
Zuwena's Children Face Unspeakable Danger
Learn how Understanding Albinism Seminars helped Zuwena's family.
November 16th, 2017
The Perils of Pale
Read National Geographic Magazine's in-depth coverage on the issues facing people with albinism in Tanzania.
October 30th, 2017
How your giving helps
Find out some of the ways your gifts make a difference.
October 26th, 2017
A quick update from UTSS
Read about three important events that we think will interest you.
October 26th, 2017
UTSS call for Tanzanian government to enact laws to provide strong punishment on attackers
Under the Same Sun country representative Vicky Ntetema said attacks on albinos were persisting due to lenient punishment against perpetrators.
October 26th, 2017
Unknown thugs chop off left hand of 75-year-old man with albinism
Mr. Nassor Mohammed, a 75 year old grandpa was attacked by unidentified thugs on Monday October 2, 2017.
October 26th, 2017
Tanzanian police arrest two for kidnapping child with albinism.
Tanzanian police have arrested a Tanzanian citizen and a Kenyan national for abducting a five-year old child with albinism in northern Tanzania’s district of Mwanga.
October 26th, 2017
Cop batters wife over birth of child with albinism
A police officer in Zimbabwe has been arrested following reports of domestic abuse stemming from the birth of a child with albinism.
October 26th, 2017
Killings of PWA in Malawi continues despite the government's intervention
Several persons with albinism in Malawi have come out to talk about their harrowing experiences with merciless body part hunters who are known to sell albino body parts to witch doctors.
October 26th, 2017
New book details the kidnapping of the Muse brothers
The story of two brothers with albinism that were kidnapped from the cotton fields and sold to a freak show in 1899.