#storytime One of my favourite memories of 2017 was meeting the Tanzanian Albinism Collective.
The first time was in London, this was a really special trip because it was their first time travelling outside of Tanzania, and they performed their music both at a London venue and at Womad Festival!
The second time I met the group was when I was lucky enough to visit their home town, the remote Ukerewe Island. This was the first time I got to see them perform; even though I don’t speak or understand Swahili, their performance was so moving, the emotion in their voices was clear as they sang about their experience as ostracised members of their community because of their albinism.
Their music also sends a message of hope - particularly to other people with albinism, many of whom were in the audience watching the performance. Music has given them a platform to express themselves, to share their experiences and to empower other people with albinism to do the same.
Most of this work has been facilitated by the amazing people at Standing Voice who set up a training centre for people with albinism, and it is within this space that both people with and without albinism celebrate difference and most importantly, listen to the experiences of people with albinism.
On reflection this memory has really highlighted to me that the greatest thing that charities are able to do is empower and give voices to others. This is also how we learn about other people’s experiences, because they have been able to share their stories.
I guess this is actually a charities/NGO appreciation post, but definitely something to consider when we spend our money. Where else could our money go? Who can we help? Etc etc. I think I’ve said enough🤦🏽♀️🧡 #standingvoice#ngo#love#peace#music#happiness#musician#albinism#umoja#unity#empowerment#power#moving#travel#nelsonmandela#saturdaynight#fun#tanzania#musicislife#londonlife#charity#potd#blogger