OF OUR GOAL
How It Started
Albinism has always had questions around it and every person with albinism has a story to tell of either the names they have been called or myths associated with their being. The biggest challenge faced by a person with albinism is education, schools are not well equipped to accommodate them for easier learning hence majority of people with albinism in Tanzania are uneducated and spend their days either farming or selling in markets.
Educate the nation is aimed at educating people about albinism as well as ensuring that people with albinism get the chance to study in a friendly environment. We live in a world where intelligence is measured by the marks you get in school and not the skills you prove to have so why not give people with albinism both opportunities,
Confidence about the knowledge you have insures confidence over the obstacles.
Confidence is obtained from feeling good about yourself from the inside out.
Diversity is important now why not influence it through education.
They are regarded as disabled when their ability is limitless
They are bright and only eyesight shouldn't be a barrier.
Our strategy is to start kids while they are young and active. We came up with packages that assist people with albinism to study comfortably, called EDU-Pack. It's a light package with essentials for easy learning in primary and secondary school but also sun protection gear that will assist their situation. We also plan on building a school fully equipped to make the learning experience adventurous, another plan is to implement a subject that teaches all the attributes of a person with albinism and answers all the questions thereof.
Learn about the activities and projects we have been involved in and done.
For the love of kids
We had a generous donation of kids toys and clothing from a Turkish friend of Cheliva, she had a wish of making kids with albinism smile and be joyful during the festive season. She donated toys; clothing; colouring books and story books for kids aged 0 - 12 yrs, so we created a fun day for them wereby we arranged games and activities for them and invited the Turkish ambassedor H.E Dr. Mehmet Gulluoglu to join in. He brought turkish soccer jersies and a ball that led into a soccer match and laughter and more fun from the kids.
Every kids love language is simply fun and games, we too love games and believe learning begins at the playground, every donation counts and we make sure it reaches the intended goal.
International Albinism Awareness Day 2022
International Albinism Awareness Day is celebrated annually on June 13 to celebrate the human rights of persons with albinism worldwide. This years theme is our voices will be heard and as Cheliva Foundation we planned on making sure their voices were heard; on this day we had a dialoge at JNICC where we had 4 Panelists: Dr Isaac Maro MD, MPH, PHD, a senior Medical Correspondant Afya Check media programs; Mr Noel Mtafya Former UDSM student president and youth advocate; Mr Vilali Maembe a chanjo music artist and honorable Diana Chande AU - Youth Ambassador for peace on eastern regional zone as our guest of honor.
Each panelist shared their experiences and views on what they had in mind for people with albinism and the attendees got comfortable and asked questions creating debates and heated discussions throughout the event. One of our biggest achievements on this day was realising that because this community is termed "disabled" they struggle in moving forward as society has given them reason to be dependent. Disability is a disadvantage or handicap and albinism is a congenital absence of pigment in the skin and hair (which are white) and the eyes (which are usually pink), therefore is albinism really a disability or just a condition?
During the cause of the day we managed to discuss the varies challenges and solutions surrounding albinism and through that strategies and plans where formulated on the way forward for future development, the work ahead is not easy but the unity seems promising.
We were sponsored by JNICC, ATSOKO, Pepsi, and Hill Water
International Albinism Awareness Day 2021
International Albinism Awareness Day is celebrated annually on June 13 to celebrate the human rights of persons with albinism worldwide. The theme this year is still standing strong and we joined Tanzania Albinism Society in the annual exhibition. At our booth we had Hats sponsored by Utu Kwanza as well as clothing, and shoes, on the final day of the exhibition we had the honor of being joined by the former Turkish ambassador Honorable Ali Davutoglu and wife who brought presents to everyone that visited our booth.
It was an eye opener as we collaborated with Standing Voice there and then to ensure that after treatment they come straight to our booth for consultations and gifts, the events guest of honor Honorable Ummy Nderiananga deputy minister primisters office (Parliamentary; Policy and Coodination) visited our booth and we handed her a hat as a symbol for our appreciation for the hard work she has done, we had further conversations concerning our needs, fears and hopes as people with albinism.
Every year is a step forward and we believe in small steps that make a huge impact