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Bibiana and Tindi Mashamba are two young Albino orphan refugees who have suffered terrible physical and emotional trauma.   Currently in the United States seeking medical treatment and asylum, these young teenagers with special needs are asking for your help in raising tuition money to continue their education. 

Thanks to the kindness of so many individuals and to the generosity of Besant Hill School in Ojai which awarded scholarships of $15,000 to each girl, Bibiana and Tindi were able to return to their boarding school January 8th.  Half the tuition for the girls is now in place.  However, we still need to fund the balance of their fees and the campaign continues.

 Hear them tell their story in their own words:  

The girls are in the United States seeking medical treatment and asylum.  The market for albino body parts in many areas of Africa forced the  sisters to flee their native Tanzania three years ago, but not before one of them, Bibiana,  faced intruders in their unprotected home - just three days after their father was buried.   (Their mother died a year earlier.)  While her terrified sister Tindi,  cowered under the bed, practitioners of a witchcraft cult ascribing magical powers to albinos hacked off Bibiana's leg and two fingers.   Bibi almost bled to death.  

Bibiana requires a new prosthetic and may need additional surgeries.  Her sister Tindi suffered from tuberculosis, untreated until recently, and as a result also needs surgery.   Both are legally blind, a consequence of albinism.  

AFM founder Malena Ruth with Bibiana & Tindi

After a search for a small, nurturing educational environment, the girls were enrolled at Besant Hill School, an Ojai boarding school selected to meet Tindi and Bibiana’s unique physical and academic challenges. 

Bibi and Tindi are thriving at Besant Hill.  Diligent students, they are eager to make up for the years of lost schooling.  However, their educational progress comes at a cost.  That’s where you come in!  

Anything – ANY AMOUNT - even a few dollars would mean so much if everyone contributes.  

It may never be safe for the girls to return to Tanzania. They face an uncertain future.  However, as educators, filmmakers and longtime supporters of the African Millennium Foundation, we firmly believe that if Bibiana and Tindi are to find happiness and success, education will be their lifeline.  

Your donation of any amount is important.   One more way to help, please forward this link and spread the word to as many people as you can. 

Joanna Lancaster & Harriet Brown
Watch news story about the sisters at:  








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