SHADE - Tanzania

SHADE - Tanzania The mission of Shade is to transform lives by sharing the tangible love and living hope of Christ to people with albinism in Tanzania. Our vision is the Shade Campus, a community centered on family in the body of Christ.

Our Approach

We believe in the deep LOVE that God has for people with albinism. We feel called to protect, equip, and empower people with albinism through education, advocacy, and outreach. Education: The Shade Campus will include a primary school. The vision for Shade School is one of unity amidst diversity, where all children are accepted and valued. As we reach out to the neighborhood around u

Our Approach

We believe in the deep LOVE that God has for people with albinism. We feel called to protect, equip, and empower people with albinism through education, advocacy, and outreach. Education: The Shade Campus will include a primary school. The vision for Shade School is one of unity amidst diversity, where all children are accepted and valued. As we reach out to the neighborhood around u

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If only all learning could be this fun! 😉Shade preschoolers love to look at pictures. They are growing in prereading ski...
10/18/2021

If only all learning could be this fun! 😉

Shade preschoolers love to look at pictures. They are growing in prereading skills by learning letters and letter sounds...and animal sounds along the way!

If only all learning could be this fun! 😉

Shade preschoolers love to look at pictures. They are growing in prereading skills by learning letters and letter sounds...and animal sounds along the way!

On this day seven years ago, Claire Fedele boarded a plane to Tanzania and Shade was born.It took several years to get t...
10/14/2021

On this day seven years ago, Claire Fedele boarded a plane to Tanzania and Shade was born.

It took several years to get to that point (plus more than a few twists and turns along the way and the prayers of many!), but God could be clearly seen in it all.

On that day in 2014, all that existed was a God-sized vision and a few suitcases. Today, the Shade Campus is being built, a fully Tanzanian staff has been empowered to lead, and people are hearing the truths about albinism.

We've come so far...and we can't wait for what's to come!

Thank you to everyone who has prayed, given, and supported Shade over the years. YOU have made this possible and have impacted countless lives.

🌳 Tree planting update: 🌳✔️ Two trees in front of each classroom ✔️ Walkways defined by plants✔️ Trees planted behind th...
10/09/2021

🌳 Tree planting update: 🌳

✔️ Two trees in front of each classroom
✔️ Walkways defined by plants
✔️ Trees planted behind the buildings to create a boundary and privacy

Oh and by the way, how amazing do the new classroom blocks look? 🙌

When you see your mama tie a baby to her back, you've got to do it, too! At Shade School, we love playtime! Not only is ...
10/08/2021

When you see your mama tie a baby to her back, you've got to do it, too!

At Shade School, we love playtime! Not only is it fun, but it allows our students to learn social skills, practice problem-solving, and grow in their creativity.

What was your favorite way to play as a kid?

When you see your mama tie a baby to her back, you've got to do it, too!

At Shade School, we love playtime! Not only is it fun, but it allows our students to learn social skills, practice problem-solving, and grow in their creativity.

What was your favorite way to play as a kid?

🌳 Trees are being planted on the Shade Campus! We love how the simple act of planting trees can transform our land: from...
10/07/2021

🌳 Trees are being planted on the Shade Campus!

We love how the simple act of planting trees can transform our land: from brown to green, from sunny to shady, from boundary-less to boundary-defined.

More photos to come!

🌳 Trees are being planted on the Shade Campus!

We love how the simple act of planting trees can transform our land: from brown to green, from sunny to shady, from boundary-less to boundary-defined.

More photos to come!

Check out this new song by Tanzanian Country Director John Migila called Imani (Faith). John's faith in the Lord is an i...
10/05/2021
John Migila - IMANI - Official Video, @JesusFocusministry

Check out this new song by Tanzanian Country Director John Migila called Imani (Faith). John's faith in the Lord is an inspiration to us all, and we are grateful to have him lead the Tanzanian team.

Here are a few of the translated lyrics:

Tangu mara ya kwanza nilikupenda, Najua katika yote muweza ni wewe
Since day one I loved you, I know in all things you are able

Tena nikakuamini unanipenda, Nakunilinda na mabaya yote
And I believed that you love me, and protect me against all bad things

Leo mbona hivi, naona kiza, sioni mbele na milango yote imefungwa
Why is today like this, I see darkness and all the doors are locked

Mimi rafiki na wewe, sichoki kusubiri, naomba sababu najua wewe ni mwanga
I am your friend I will be patient and I will pray because I know you are the light

Nina IMANI na wewe, baba unanipenda siku zote, hutaki nikosee
I have FAITH in you, father you love me all days, you don't wish me to fail

Na kesho yangu nitaona mwanga
And tomorrow I will see the light

Nina IMANI na wewe, baba unanipenda siku zote, hutaki nipotee
I have FAITH in you, father you love me all days, you don't wish me to get lost

Na kesho yangu nitaona mwanga, nitaona mwangaza
And tomorrow I will see the light, I will see the light

NOTE ;;; Translation of the song is Below Wimbo huu unazungumzia kuhusu IMANI, IMANI ya kweli ipo katika matendo na watu wengi hufikiri matendo ni lazima yaw...

Will you be an advocate? This week, we hope you’ve learned about albinism and the importance of advocating for people wi...
10/02/2021

Will you be an advocate?

This week, we hope you’ve learned about albinism and the importance of advocating for people with albinism who face discrimination, physical challenges, and persecution in Tanzania.

Now, you can join the fight to raise your voice. You can:
👍 Like, share & comment to spread the reach of social media posts
📢 Speak about albinism to your networks or ask a Shade rep to do so (even virtually!)
📚 Educate yourself! You can start at www.shadetz.org
🙏 Pray for change
💙 Give financially so that work can continue at www.shadetz.org/donate

When you advocate, you’ll be in good company. You’ll be joining this incredible group of community members in Tanzania who are educating themselves and dreaming for a better future for all people.

Let’s do this.

Will you be an advocate?

This week, we hope you’ve learned about albinism and the importance of advocating for people with albinism who face discrimination, physical challenges, and persecution in Tanzania.

Now, you can join the fight to raise your voice. You can:
👍 Like, share & comment to spread the reach of social media posts
📢 Speak about albinism to your networks or ask a Shade rep to do so (even virtually!)
📚 Educate yourself! You can start at www.shadetz.org
🙏 Pray for change
💙 Give financially so that work can continue at www.shadetz.org/donate

When you advocate, you’ll be in good company. You’ll be joining this incredible group of community members in Tanzania who are educating themselves and dreaming for a better future for all people.

Let’s do this.

If you’ve been following along with us this week for our #Advocacy series, you learned about how seminars are instrument...
10/01/2021

If you’ve been following along with us this week for our #Advocacy series, you learned about how seminars are instrumental in educating community members on the truths of albinism.

Another key strategy employed by Shade is educating the next generation. That way, they can grow up knowing and believing differently. At Shade School, students study alongside peers who have albinism. They become friends and come to realize that they’re not so different after all. They will grow up to be the leaders of tomorrow, who will be empowered to create change and a more equitable society.

In this picture, children are learning that albinism is worldwide, and it affects humans, animals, and even plants! Did you know that?!

This is Day 6 of a series about #Advocacy. Come back tomorrow for our final day or sharing on this important topic.

(Big shoutout to @underthesamesun for creating and sharing excellent educational posters and materials to be used in advocacy and awareness-raising!)

If you’ve been following along with us this week for our #Advocacy series, you learned about how seminars are instrumental in educating community members on the truths of albinism.

Another key strategy employed by Shade is educating the next generation. That way, they can grow up knowing and believing differently. At Shade School, students study alongside peers who have albinism. They become friends and come to realize that they’re not so different after all. They will grow up to be the leaders of tomorrow, who will be empowered to create change and a more equitable society.

In this picture, children are learning that albinism is worldwide, and it affects humans, animals, and even plants! Did you know that?!

This is Day 6 of a series about #Advocacy. Come back tomorrow for our final day or sharing on this important topic.

(Big shoutout to @underthesamesun for creating and sharing excellent educational posters and materials to be used in advocacy and awareness-raising!)

When trying to combat misinformation and build positivity around a challenging topic, it is important to create a safe p...
09/30/2021

When trying to combat misinformation and build positivity around a challenging topic, it is important to create a safe place for interaction.

Our Community Seminars are purposed to be that safe place. We encourage attendees to ask the hard questions and engage in the process of transformation. We involve them in demonstrations and challenge them to examine their own belief systems.

We’re encouraged by the change taking place. Attitudes and perceptions of people with albinism are starting to shift. And people are going back into the community equipped with the truth.

Advocacy for those who face persecution and discrimination is critical. This is Day 5 of our #Advocacy series.

When trying to combat misinformation and build positivity around a challenging topic, it is important to create a safe place for interaction.

Our Community Seminars are purposed to be that safe place. We encourage attendees to ask the hard questions and engage in the process of transformation. We involve them in demonstrations and challenge them to examine their own belief systems.

We’re encouraged by the change taking place. Attitudes and perceptions of people with albinism are starting to shift. And people are going back into the community equipped with the truth.

Advocacy for those who face persecution and discrimination is critical. This is Day 5 of our #Advocacy series.

The lack of melanin in a person with albinism’s skin leaves them unprotected from the sun. This makes them much more sus...
09/29/2021

The lack of melanin in a person with albinism’s skin leaves them unprotected from the sun. This makes them much more susceptible to skin cancer.

When we advocate, we tell others about this challenge and how to best overcome it:
🧥 Wear protective clothing, including long-sleeved shirts (pictured)
👒Wear a hat that shades the face and neck
🧴 Apply sunscreen to exposed areas

Unfortunately, it’s all too common that people with albinism (and those that care for children with albinism) are unaware of best practices for skin protection, or they do not have access to sunscreen and protective clothing. This results in blisters, sores, burns, and high cancer rates. But, with education, change can happen!

Thanks for joining us for Day 4 of our #Advocacy series. More tomorrow.

The lack of melanin in a person with albinism’s skin leaves them unprotected from the sun. This makes them much more susceptible to skin cancer.

When we advocate, we tell others about this challenge and how to best overcome it:
🧥 Wear protective clothing, including long-sleeved shirts (pictured)
👒Wear a hat that shades the face and neck
🧴 Apply sunscreen to exposed areas

Unfortunately, it’s all too common that people with albinism (and those that care for children with albinism) are unaware of best practices for skin protection, or they do not have access to sunscreen and protective clothing. This results in blisters, sores, burns, and high cancer rates. But, with education, change can happen!

Thanks for joining us for Day 4 of our #Advocacy series. More tomorrow.

Albinism affects the structure and pigmentation of the eye. This causes varying degrees of visual impairment, as well as...
09/28/2021

Albinism affects the structure and pigmentation of the eye. This causes varying degrees of visual impairment, as well as extreme sensitivity to light. Many people with albinism are legally blind.

What are some helpful tools for people with albinism?
🔍 Dome lenses enlarge words on the page to help with reading.
🕶 Sunglasses help mitigate light sensitivity, as does reducing the amount of light in the room.
👁 Monoculars (not pictured) aid long-distance vision.

When we advocate, we let community members know about this specific physical challenge that people with albinism face. That way, they can come to understand and express empathy.

This is Day 3 of our #Advocacy series - thank you for journeying with us this week to learn more!

Why is advocacy important? Advocacy brings awareness, and awareness is the first step toward change. Understanding that ...
09/27/2021

Why is advocacy important?

Advocacy brings awareness, and awareness is the first step toward change.

Understanding that people with albinism are just like everyone else—apart from reduced pigmentation in their skin, hair, and eyes—will lead to a realization that they deserve the same rights and opportunities.

When talking about albinism, we start with the basics. The concept of melanin becomes simple when comparing skin tones. From there, we can explain that albinism is caused by a melanin deficiency.

This is Day 2 of our #Advocacy series, so stay tuned.

Why is advocacy important?

Advocacy brings awareness, and awareness is the first step toward change.

Understanding that people with albinism are just like everyone else—apart from reduced pigmentation in their skin, hair, and eyes—will lead to a realization that they deserve the same rights and opportunities.

When talking about albinism, we start with the basics. The concept of melanin becomes simple when comparing skin tones. From there, we can explain that albinism is caused by a melanin deficiency.

This is Day 2 of our #Advocacy series, so stay tuned.

The word “misinformation” seems to be showing up more and more in our collective vocabulary these days.Unfortunately, mi...
09/26/2021

The word “misinformation” seems to be showing up more and more in our collective vocabulary these days.

Unfortunately, misinformation can lead to some devastating outcomes. This is especially true for people with albinism in Tanzania, who are persecuted because of misguided beliefs.

Shade combats misinformation through advocacy. We hold seminars for the community in order to create a safe place to learn, ask questions, and dispel myths surrounding albinism.

This week, we’re using our platforms to share more about why #advocacy is so important. We’ll teach you more about albinism and share how you can become an advocate, too. Stay tuned!

We’ve also featured this topic in our latest e-news. Check it out here: https://shade.salsalabs.org/advocating.

The word “misinformation” seems to be showing up more and more in our collective vocabulary these days.

Unfortunately, misinformation can lead to some devastating outcomes. This is especially true for people with albinism in Tanzania, who are persecuted because of misguided beliefs.

Shade combats misinformation through advocacy. We hold seminars for the community in order to create a safe place to learn, ask questions, and dispel myths surrounding albinism.

This week, we’re using our platforms to share more about why #advocacy is so important. We’ll teach you more about albinism and share how you can become an advocate, too. Stay tuned!

We’ve also featured this topic in our latest e-news. Check it out here: https://shade.salsalabs.org/advocating.

There are a few amazing things about this quickly-snapped, blurry photo:🧩 It was shared by their teacher with the captio...
09/25/2021

There are a few amazing things about this quickly-snapped, blurry photo:
🧩 It was shared by their teacher with the caption, “They made this puzzle themselves, I’m so happy!”
🧩 Our students are learning shapes, improving their fine motor skills, practicing teamwork, and doing critical thinking & problem-solving.
🧩And perhaps most amazingly of all, after years of being in a preschool classroom there are no pieces missing! 😅

As our students like to chant to encourage each other in class, we now say to these little scholars, "Well done, well done! Keep it up! Very good boys and girls!"

There are a few amazing things about this quickly-snapped, blurry photo:
🧩 It was shared by their teacher with the caption, “They made this puzzle themselves, I’m so happy!”
🧩 Our students are learning shapes, improving their fine motor skills, practicing teamwork, and doing critical thinking & problem-solving.
🧩And perhaps most amazingly of all, after years of being in a preschool classroom there are no pieces missing! 😅

As our students like to chant to encourage each other in class, we now say to these little scholars, "Well done, well done! Keep it up! Very good boys and girls!"

The Shade Campus is continuing to produce! Community Club youth are hard at work tending to their garden and, from the l...
09/24/2021

The Shade Campus is continuing to produce!

Community Club youth are hard at work tending to their garden and, from the looks of it, there will be tomatoes in abundance! 🍅

We praise God for every blessing.

“You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭65:9-11

We *know* that matching t-shirts do not mean you're any more official, but it sure feels that way. 😉We are incredibly pr...
09/23/2021

We *know* that matching t-shirts do not mean you're any more official, but it sure feels that way. 😉

We are incredibly proud of the young adults in our Community Club. As they head into the final few months of this year's program, we are seeing increased confidence, knowledge, and skills. Together, we are dreaming big dreams for their futures. 🙌

We *know* that matching t-shirts do not mean you're any more official, but it sure feels that way. 😉

We are incredibly proud of the young adults in our Community Club. As they head into the final few months of this year's program, we are seeing increased confidence, knowledge, and skills. Together, we are dreaming big dreams for their futures. 🙌

Thank you, Xueli Abbing, for using your platform to advocate for people with albinism and speak truth!“I want to help pe...
09/20/2021
‘Being different is good’: the teen model making fashion more inclusive

Thank you, Xueli Abbing, for using your platform to advocate for people with albinism and speak truth!

“I want to help people to see that being different is good, and definitely not some curse, as they believe in countries like Tanzania and Malawi,” said Abbing.

“At school, teachers tend to look at the things you cannot do. I really didn’t like that, although they meant well. I know I’m visually impaired. I would rather they had focused on the things I can do instead.”

Abandoned outside an orphanage as a baby, model Xueli Abbing has become an inspiring representative of the albino community

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Since 2014, Shade has been serving children with albinism in Shinyanga, Tanzania.

Our mission is transforming lives by bringing the tangible love of Christ to children with albinism in Tanzania.

Albinism is an inherited genetic condition that results in a lack of the pigment melanin in the skin, hair, and eyes. This results in pale skin, light-colored hair, and low vision. The lack of skin pigmentation leaves people with albinism very sensitive to the sun and at risk of skin cancer. But the oppression goes even further. People with albinism are often seen as outcasts and the forgotten in Tanzania. Not only do they face discrimination, but also life-threatening attacks due to belief in witchcraft practices proporting that sacrificing the body parts of people with albinism will bring good luck.

Shade’s beliefs couldn’t be further from those beliefs. We believe in the deep LOVE that Jesus Christ has for them. We believe they are worthy of life and worthy of love. We feel called and convicted to protect, equip, and empower these ones with albinism.

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So excited with this progress. Praise God! You all are in my prayers.! Blessings, Sharon Boblitz
This is so interesting about SHADE, a worthy ministry in Africa.
What an amazing mission to serve and love these precious children.
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