Dar Es Salaam. Under the Same Sun (UTSS), a Non-government organization supporting people with albinism yesterday donated 21 laptops to students with albinism in a bid to support them in their education.
Speaking at the handover in Dar es Salaam, executive director of UTSS, Berthasia Ladislaus said, the initiative has been championed under the Vivian Grace Ash project.
During the three years more than 400 students from across the country have benefited from the project.
“The initiative is mainly focusing on ensuring that people with albinism get equal social and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. It is our hope that the gadgets will promote the academic excellence of these students bearing in mind that university life has got lots of challenges,” she said.
She said one of the objectives of the organization is to fight for rights and well being of persons with albinism in the country through education and advocacy.
“Throughout the three phases of this support, a total of 53 students with albinism, who are studying in various universities in the country have benefited from the help of these computers as well as training that cost UTSS over Sh71 million.
Meanwhile students with albinism on their part encouraged local NGOs to join their international counterparts in helping persons living with albinism with access to education.
According to them the devices for reading such as special computers, stand magnifiers, hand-held magnifiers, or special reading glasses are important for a number of students with albinism who join higher learning education.
“I am glad to have got this opportunity, my worry is, how many intelligent students with albinism in Tanzania are having their dreams dead due to lack of sponsors?” said Suphian Ally a bachelor of education in adult and community education, from the university of Dar es Salaam.