Vancouver – (CANADIAN CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE) – Almost everyone has heard of National Geographic Magazine. It has been around for 125 years, and it is iconic around the world. Not everyone has heard of Under the Same Sun (UTSS), a small Canadian charity founded by a Vancouver-based Baptist pastor with a heart for people living with albinism – but more people are about to learn.
UTSS is happy to announce that the work of the charity to end the often-deadly discrimination against people with albinism is featured in the June 2017 issue of National Geographic Magazine, a publication (with all its different formats) with a readership in the millions.
A National Geographic Magazine writer recently accompanied Peter Ash, UTSS founder, who also has albinism, for 10 days as he visited UTSS sites and projects in Tanzania. She also visited the Vancouver-based office of the charity.
“The writer learned about the deadly threats and horrible discrimination against people with albinism in Tanzania and how Under the Same Sun was born to meet those problems head on,” says Ash.
In many parts of the world, people living with albinism are 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.
The investigative story about the harsh realities facing girls and boys and men and women living with albinism in Tanzania – the hotbed of most of the attacks – and the work of Under the Same Sun to help them build a future, appears in the June issue of National Geographic Magazine. The article coincides with International Alibinism Awareness Day on June 13.
“The journalist saw kids with albinism who might not otherwise be able to attend school safely, sitting in classrooms learning, and she learned how vicious attacks usually end when we do an Understanding Albinism workshop in a community,” says Ash. “”It was a great experience to introduce a journalist of this calibre to the realities of people with albinism in Tanzania, and how our small Canadian charity is making such a big difference.”
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About Under The Same Sun
Under The Same Sun is passionately committed to ending discrimination and violence against persons with albinism and facilitating social inclusion and participation. We do this through advocacy and education. UTSS acts globally, with a current focus on Tanzania.