None of these sweet little kids asked for this gene disorder and apart from the look of their skin and the blond hair which comes with it, they are just the same as every other kid I have ever seen.
Meeting them was a truly exceptional moment for me, sensing their apprehension when being hugged tight, me just wanting to convey to them – they only speak Kiswahili – the emotion I felt. Some of them hugged back equally tight, showing how they felt being hugged by a stranger and that perhaps their confidence had indeed started to return after their earlier experiences in life which must have been a complete and utter shock to them, being shunned, bullied, beaten, and hunted.
I owe this experience to Godwin Joshua, who himself only met these kids a few weeks ago after being posted as a relief manager to the Kirawira Serena Luxury Safari Camp from his regular workplace at the Lake Duluti Serena in Arusha. Godwin relayed to me how, when visiting the lakeside town of Lamadi to check on the camps’ CSR project, a primary school, more by accident than by design he heard about the orphanage, looked for it and his life never was to be the same again either. He reported his experience to his superiors, via the Serena Tanzania Managing Director Mr. Mugo Maringa right up to the Serena CEO Mr. Mahmud Janmohamed, who immediately endorsed Godwin’s proposal to adopt the orphanage as an additional CSR project.
This is the story of Sister Helena, who in her own words, while working in the United States doing missionary work, literally heard her Lord’s calling ring in her ears. it brought her back to the town of Lamadi at the shores of Lake Victoria where she then gathered young Albino kids to save them and care for them. Her house was turned into an orphanage, now home to some 40 albino children as well as 14 other orphans or abandoned kids with physical disabilities.
Some of the children attend primary school in different classes. All the children are in very good outstanding with their education, most of them are in the top-ten of their classes, very talented children.
With the outbreak of the killing of people living with albinism in Tanzania, l, Maria Helena, the founder of the Mary Mother of God Center, come up with a vision to start a safe haven place to care for the vulnerable, hunted, and rejected albino children in Lamadi. l started the Center in 2011 till now. The demand of the center is on high rise. till now, l have no place to welcome in the albino children who are the most hunted and killed with their own fellow people, by the belief that albino body parts have magical things for richness!
An albino child to be born in the family is counted to be a curse or a bad luck. So, the family have to throw a child away, or find a center to put the child. Nowadays, even the family with an albino child, can sell a child to the witchdoctors to be killed, claiming to make potions and become rich overnight.
l experienced a horrible event in my life that l won’t forget, when l turned a six-year albino boy back home, because there was no more room in the house, though l promised him to come back when l get a room, it was unbelievable, to find that just in the same week a boy was killed by people who hunted for his body parts. l still experience the untold story.
With humble heart, with warm spirit, l would like to welcome all the people of goodwill, and those interested in saving the lives of these precious children of God, who are hunted and killed like animals.
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