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Ukerewe's Young Reporters amplify the voices of their community

A faint crackle emanates from the radio. After a few seconds, the static clears to pick up the sound of voices. They belong to the Ukerewe Young Reporters, a youth radio group established by Standing Voice in 2016. The group meet monthly to record and broadcast their stories, and reconvened in June to document the inaugural Summer Skills Workshop and International Albinism Awareness Day celebrations at the Umoja Training Centre. The Ukerewe Young Reporters’ Group was…

Artist Annie-Marie Akussah embarks on an journey with the people of Ukerewe

I first heard of Standing Voice after creating a painting of a boy with albinism, inspired by Eric Nehr’s striking photography series featuring people with the condition in Burundi. I began researching the superstitious killing of people with albinism in East Africa and found the film In the Shadow of the Sun, which was directed by Harry Freeland, the founder of Standing Voice. I felt incredibly moved by the lives of those portrayed in the…

Summer Skills Workshop 2017

Harry Freeland reflects on the events of an incredible fortnight on Ukrewe Island Standing Voice has worked on Ukerewe Island for more than a decade. Deep in the heart of Tanzania’s Lake Victoria, the island is in many ways the birthplace of our organisation: the location for much of my documentary, In the Shadow of the Sun, and a hub for Standing Voice's frontline services in Skin Cancer Prevention, Vision Care, and Education. Perhaps more…

Building interactive understanding of albinism in Tanzania

Over the last two years, Standing Voice has led a groundbreaking project to transform perceptions of albinism in communities across Tanzania. Executed with the support of the Wellcome Trust, the project has brought together scientists, artists, and advocates from across the UK and Africa to showcase the science of albinism in a socially relatable way. The project began in earnest in June 2016 in Bagamoyo, a small fishing town on the Tanzanian coast. Our core team…

Opening Of The Umoja Training Centre

June saw the official opening of our Umoja Training Centre! The UTC is a training and community centre providing opportunities for the economic empowerment and social integration of people with albinism and their friends, families and community members on Ukerewe Island. It is the result of 6 years of research and community dialogue with the Ukerewe Albinism Society and other island residents about their training aspirations, income-generation needs, and experiences of albinism-related stigma or social division.…