Albino children in Tanzania live in constant fear that men will break into their homes and cut off their arms and legs. In the worst cases, albinos have had their internal organs removed while they are still alive. Thanks to a relationship with numerous churches in the Des Moines Catholic Diocese, many of these albino children are receiving life-giving, nutritious Outreach meals as they are being cared for at the Kilimanjaro Mission of Hope (KMoH).
The mission, which is part of the Catholic Diocese of Moshi, Tanzania, provides a safe haven. The St. Francis School for the Disabled is a place of refuge for children with albinism, a rare trait caused because a body lacks tyrosinase, an enzyme that contains copper and is responsible for the body’s production of melanin.
Although witch doctors have been outlawed by the Tanzanian government, the practice of albinos having limbs hacked off with machetes or body parts while alive still continues. Witch doctors covet their body parts and organs to add to their “magic potions.”
Recently, numerous churches in the Des Moines Catholic Diocese were able to send 300,000 Outreach meals to these children. Those parishes involved in packaging meals were:
- Sacred Heart – Oelwein, IA
- Christ the King – Des Moines, IA
- St. Mary’s – Marshalltown, IA
- Corpus Christi – Council Bluffs, IA
- Holy Rosary – Glenwood, IA
If you would like to help provide these children these meals, please contact us:
Or call: 641-486-2550