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Standing Voice needs volunteers!

Are you a tailor, ceramicist, or landscape architect? An actor, artist, or radio producer? Recent graduate? Business professional? If you—or anyone you know—has a particular skill, experience, or interest in any of the areas above, get in touch! Standing Voice is recruiting expert volunteers from around the world to help deliver the Summer Skills Workshop 2018: a comprehensive training programme bringing together people with albinism, and their families and loved ones, to develop skills,…

A Groundbreaking Group of Advocates

As human beings, storytelling is in our blood; whether verbal or visual, through words, pictures or movement, it is the thread connecting generations in communities throughout the world. Woven into these shared narratives are our histories, hopes, ideas and identities. When planning the Summer Skills Workshop, we knew the events had to leave behind more than improved skill sets. We wanted to change the underlying prejudices and misconceptions that are at the root of so many…

The Umoja Photographers

Under the guidance of British photographers Imogen Freeland and Brian Benson, the youth of Ukerewe find a new view Photography: at once an art form and a profession; a livelihood but also a way of capturing the world, of exploring, defining and exchanging perspectives. For people with albinism in Tanzania -- marginalised and brutalised for the colour of their skin -- economic security can be hard to find. Rarer still are opportunities to assert their voices,…

Print artist Alex Booker shares his craft with the residents of Ukerewe Island

Two years ago, I joined the Standing Voice team in an epic fundraising trip to the west coast of Scotland, canoeing and cycling hundreds of miles to support the building of the Umoja Training Centre on Ukerewe Island. Travelling to Tanzania to see the new centre with my own eyes -- and train the local community in the ancient art of woodcut printing -- was an opportunity I couldn't resist. Arriving at the centre, I was…

The Tunajitambua Tailors

For some, clothes are accessories; on Ukerewe, they’re a lifeline In Tanzania, it is not just people with albinism who face stigma, but their families and loved ones too. When a baby with albinism is born, the mother is almost universally ‘blamed’. Fathers regularly walk out and never return: the child’s skin colour at best a sign of adultery; at worst, a curse from God. In some cases, fathers have been direct perpetrators of…