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Every Child Ministries In Campaign For Children With Albinism

In an effort aimed at improving quality of life of children with albinism and their families in the country, Every Child Ministries Uganda (ECM)has launched a six months mind-set change campaign for people living with albinism.

“In many African countries, children with albinism, or “albino” children, are often considered to be a curse.  at ECM, we understand that children with albinism are valued and loved by God.  like every child, they are valued because they are created in the image of God,” Brian Mukalazi Every Children Ministries Uganda country Director said.

ECM campaign was launched at the organizations 10th anniversary in Kampala to raise over a billion shilling to provide services like medical care for the children with albinism, home care services and paying their schools fees.

Every Child Ministries is Christian charity and mission organization that specializes in uplifting vulnerable children in Africa. The organization does its advocacy on behalf of neglected, downtrodden and marginalized groups of Africanchildren.

Sophia Akello ECM programme Manager noted children living with albinism face a life of severe rejection and stigmatized and discriminated in society.

“these children are often ostracized, neglected, despised, and at times, even physically abused.  parents, especially fathers, often desert their families when albino children are born, or later, when they face ridicule by the community,” Akello said.

She added,” children with albinism are not only subject to taunting at school, but are often beaten up if they accidentally touch anyone.  often, teachers do not understand them, and in some places even health care workers are afraid to touch them.  in extreme situations, the children’s safety is at risk, since in some areas the body parts of people with albinism are considered to have “magical” powers,”

Akello revealed that some albino children are hidden indoors and denied interaction with others because of the ridicule the family faces.

However, ECM was established for “the forgotten children of Africa.”  that’s why they seek to reach out to these children showing God’s love.

“ECM is showing them god’s love in very practical ways –for example, by giving them the gift of a pair of sunglasses, a hat, and some sunscreen.   as we distribute these items we share the gospel story of god’s amazing love with the children, give them hugs to demonstrate our acceptance, and gather information so we can keep in touch with them,” Akello explained.

John and Lorella Rouster the core founders of ECM organization said,” many children with albinism have become part of our regular sponsorship projects, attending Saturday bible clubs and participating in events.  ECM also works to educate the public about the truths of albinism through trainings in schools and participation in local radio programming,”

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