TOSF https://www.theothersidefoundation.com Tue, 29 Nov 2022 22:11:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.8 THE UNCONDITIONAL GIVER https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/the-unconditional-giver/ https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/the-unconditional-giver/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2022 22:11:24 +0000 https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/?p=2259 Providing donations is considered a philanthropic act. Donations can be of different types including providing monetary support or volunteering in different community services. Goals of donors may differ from one donor to another. Some donors donate to generally assist the less fortunate, by writing a cheque/donation some feel they have done their part and do […]

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Providing donations is considered a philanthropic act. Donations can be of different types including providing monetary support or volunteering in different community services. Goals of donors may differ from one donor to another. Some donors donate to generally assist the less fortunate, by writing a cheque/donation some feel they have done their part and do not want to be further implicated. However, some donate due to cultural practices or religious teachings, other donors simply derive sense of fulfillment when they donate. As for most of our donors, their donation is based on improving the lives of the less fortunate.

The Other Side Foundation, a non-profit, depends entirely on public donations now. Prior to 2019, their sole donor Mr. Daniel Sigaud was funding this project; he agreed to fund the project for 10 years which came to an end 3 years ago.

Regardless of the reason for donating, recipient organizations should focus on meeting the donors’ expectations while ensuring the final recipient who is the beneficiary receives 100% of the full amount donated. TOSF is very transparent in its operations; it ensures the entire donations go to the rightful beneficiaries.

Mr and Mrs Subramanian
Mr. and Mrs. Subramanian

One such prominent philanthropist is Mr. and Mrs. Subramanian Umapathy and his wife Sundari, from Upakaar Initiatives, a non-profit based in Lusaka, Zambia. The couple have been extremely helpful for the last 2 years to TOSF’s grassroots outreach program in George compound, an impoverished area in the outskirts of the capital city. Their efforts can never go unrecognized hence the media team from TOSF School took time this month to find out what really prompted this couple to partner with us and their views from the time they started rendering help to our organization.

When asked to tell us first about himself, Mr Subra as he is famously called, said, he was born on 14th October 1951 in India and came to Zambia in 1980 and his 2 children were born here in Zambia. When asked about when he started his charity work and who inspired him. Mr. Subra said he is not coming from a family background that used to do charity work, but it is something he chose to do when he was inspired by his friend who lives in South Africa. This gentleman gave the same education to his son and his maid’s son. He further sponsored the maid’s son up to university level where both his son and the maid’s, studied medicine. Mr. Subra was so touched by his friend’s gesture of kindness and that really inspired him to start helping the needy. The other person who inspired him is our Founder and Director Mrs. Leela Champ who helps the vulnerable and despite being thousands of miles away from Zambia is able to remotely and efficiently run a free school for orphans and vulnerable children and also render aid to the community.

However, it will be interesting to mention that TOSF School is not the only organization he helps. Apart from feeding 450 TOSF school children and our bursars 3 times a week, Mr. Subra feeds about 40 deaf and dumb children from Munali Secondary school in Lusaka and he is also sponsoring 800 children of female prisoners and wishes to extend this number further. During COVID-19, Mr. Subra supplied testing kits to many Zambian hospitals. When doing that he also observed that the maternity wards needed incubators for newborn babies, which he will be donating.

Mr Subramanian
Mr. Subramanian

This gentleman and his supportive wife also extend their help to children with autism in India. He decided to do that because he came to discover that autism is a very expensive condition to manage especially for those that are not financially stable. He has been helping these children so that none of them should be deprived from basic necessities due to lack of financial support. So far it has worked well. However, he also wants to extend this help for autistic children here in Zambia although there does not seem to be as many as in India.

When asked how he ensured each dollar donated goes to the right beneficiary, Mr. Subra made mention to say, he always ensures that he visits the place of donation and observes that whatever is in that place is for the intended purpose to the recipients and when the organization is not responding to his expectations, he immediately cuts off the sponsorship. When asked to evaluate TOSF from the time he partnered with us, he really appreciates the work culture at The Other Side Foundation and Mrs. Subra commended us for being hardworking and responsible staff and for the discipline and good values we have inculcated in our learners.

It is always said that behind every successful man is a woman, Mr. Subra’s lovely wife was asked to share on how she has supported her husband in doing charity work. She said, “We have been doing this together and that is why the work has been so much easier to go about”. It was at this juncture that Mr. Subra interrupted by saying that “In fact whenever I told her that I wanted to help some people, she would not say no but she would encourage me to do more”. According to Mr. Subra, women compared to men, by nature are observers. Therefore, wherever they go to render help she will discover another need and she would bring it to his attention.

Mr. Subra expressed that there is a need to come with a lasting solution for the vulnerable especially the grade 7 and 9 school dropouts. His plan is to set up a skills center for these dropouts so that they can learn a skill.

His final words to people who would be reading this article, is “Helping others is more valuable than helping yourself or a member of your family. If you able to impact even a single person’s life, that will be the greatest achievement for a human being”. He hopes that whatever he is doing will inspire others to follow suit or even do more. He further encouraged Zambians and other foreign companies to come on board by using 2% of their profit, as a cooperate social responsibility to any charitable organization of their choice, which is now a law in India.

Since you have heard it for yourself from the “horse’s mouth” – We at The Other Side Foundation School for OVC, walk the talk, hence with full confidence do come on board and partner with us, feeling rest assured that 100% of your donation will serve the said purpose and the rightful beneficiary.

Remember, Booker. T. Washington once said, “THOSE WHO ARE HAPPIEST ARE THOSE WHO DO THE MOST FOR OTHERS”.

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TAMARA, THE GERMAN VOLUNTEER TEACHER. https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/tamara-the-german-volunteer-teacher/ https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/tamara-the-german-volunteer-teacher/#respond Sat, 23 Jul 2022 19:42:02 +0000 https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/?p=2204 Volunteering is an immensely valuable use of your time not only to contribute towards an initiative you are passionate about but also making a positive impact in the lives of people and communities especially those you know are helpless. Different people do voluntary work for a variety of reasons such as gaining experience, making new […]

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Volunteering is an immensely valuable use of your time not only to contribute towards an initiative you are passionate about but also making a positive impact in the lives of people and communities especially those you know are helpless. Different people do voluntary work for a variety of reasons such as gaining experience, making new friends, giving back to the community and among other reasons related to volunteering.

Voluntary work offers individuals opportunities to engage in activities which affect community members. Hence, voluntary work demands passion, positivity, compassion, an open mind and willingness to pitch in wherever needed and at the end, it brings satisfaction after playing a role in someone else’s life by helping them when they are not able to help themselves.

Tamara Luck from Germany, is among the few selfless volunteers who had left her comfort zone, overcame all difficult barriers and gave her time, knowledge and skills to do voluntary wo

She is a German primary school teacher in Berlin pursuing her Masters degree in Education. She chose to

volunteer at our Values Based school situated in an impoverished area like George compound, sharing her teaching skills with the teaching staff and rendering her free services also to the Vulnerable and Orphans (OVC not VOC Children.

Below is her testimony with regard to her voluntary work at TOSF School for OVC.

THE VOLUNTEER`S TESTIMONY
Tamara Luck
Tamara Luck

‘’mulibwanji? (how are you?)

At first, I arrived at the school with not of an idea of what to expect. My overall aim was to get to know the Zambian school and to gain a new outlook of the institution of the school and studying. Through the insights into all year groups, I quickly picked up on the routines and received an overview of the local school.I sat down with the local teachers and we discussed German teaching culture and methods. Due to many different methods and ideas, we were able to organize three (3) workshops over the past three months. The goal of these workshops were to inform and enlighten the local teachers with teaching methods and student-beneficial study techniques.

Now the main focus of teaching lays on student`s learning progress unlike having the teaching personel being the focus of concern. Through different learning approaches such as restructured lesson plans, outdoor activities, we were able to modernize the learning process.

The fourth grade was passed on to my hands as their teacher was pregnant. I was able to give the students a variety of insights into and helpful study techniques. Through rituals, games and German influence, the kids were able to grow concerning their learning curve. Their teachers were able to see the positive influence these new teaching methods had on the kids and how the kids themselves continue to include and use those in ongoing lessons.

It was a great pleasure for me to be able to stand by your sides and give support with knowledge that I brought from my experience as a teacher in Germany. Even though our time has come to an end, I want to thank you all I am happy that we have become such a great team over the past months. I am glad that we could give the school a new image, outlook and a new aim. Studying is fun! I am looking forward seeing you again and remain with the kindest regards and best wishes”

We have heard it for ourselves, from Tamara Luck’s own perspective. I am sure that if we can emulate Tamara, the continent can no longer be a limiting factor to anyone else to come and render services that can uplift the life of a vulnerable child who may not have the privilege to acquire the best education due to financial constraints. The modernizing of the teaching pedagogies has made the teaching and learning very interesting and easy for both learners and teachers at TOSF. From her teaching skills, we have seen most of our learners becoming independent in their learning process which was not put into practice much prior to her arrival and sharing.

As teachers at TOSF School, we are extremely thrilled with Tamara`s pedagogies of teaching because it has brought an enormous change in our teaching approaches. All thanks to Tamara.

The Other Side Foundation School for OVC is most fortunate to receive help from well wishers from the “other side” of the continent who have heartedly put in resources and time to help a child who is from a marginalized community. Our school invites more volunteers who want and have the heart to change the lives of very vulnerable children, who will not have this opportunity otherwise due to the disempowered and disadvantaged lives they lead.

 

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GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/gone-but-not-forgotten/ https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/gone-but-not-forgotten/#respond Sat, 26 Mar 2022 14:33:38 +0000 https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/?p=2184 CHARITY NALUNGWE She may be gone but the legacy she left behind still speaks in the hearts of many. Her works really touched the lives of the fellow teachers she worked with, orphans and vulnerable children she taught and the oldest members of the society. Her name is Charity Nalungwe, the late teacher at The […]

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CHARITY NALUNGWE

CHARITY NALUNGWE


She may be gone but the legacy she left behind still speaks in the hearts of many. Her works really touched the lives of the fellow teachers she worked with, orphans and vulnerable children she taught and the oldest members of the society. Her name is Charity Nalungwe, the late teacher at The Other Side Foundation School, and also a late mother of two boys since she lost the youngest son six 6 months before her death. Her life whilst on earth, was a story one would want to hear from time to time because it was quite inspiring especially to the vulnerable children The Other Side Foundation School serves.

TOSF School journeyed with this beautiful and precious soul from 2010 until 2018 when she died at the age of 30 years.

TOSFIt is exhilarating to mention that Charity was pursuing a bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education whilst juggling a full-time teaching career at TOSF school. Her working at The Other Side Foundation was a benefit not only to her children who she had to put in school but she also cared and supported her aged parents in the village through her earnings and sponsored her siblings through high school
It is always said that, ‘’to every labour there is a reward’’, Ms Nalungwe was awarded the outstanding teacher award owing to her dedication to her students and the parents and guardians of these students. She always had time to sit and listen to their woes and advise them accordingly. It is so grievous to see such talent, dedication and achievement drain in the grave with this visionary woman who had gone yet still full of life. It is, however, sad to mention that 6 months before her death, Charity was grieving the demise of her 3 years old son. All will agree with me that it was indeed too hard for this woman to bear.
Charity, a doting mother, hardworking, excellent and dedicated teacher passed on when her children, fellow teachers and the directors of the school needed her the most.

Her good works still speak at The Other Side Foundation School especially when you look at the grade 1 class which is dedicated and named after her. Tears may dry in our eyes but her memories still remain in our hearts.
Whilst alive, Charity’s wish was to see her children succeed in their education. Thus, she always encouraged not only her children to work hard but also the vulnerable children she taught and served. This lady understood that education that targets marginalised and poor populations can bring change to many of the systemic factors that have contributed to the delay in poor communities’ development. This statement really made her rally behind the education of the vulnerable and the story of her life too was indeed a testimony in regard to education.

Henceforth, when she died, the Directors vowed to live Charity’s dream by pledging to sponsor the education of Eversto and Josephat Banda who are the two sons of the late Charity Nalungwe. Josephat Banda, now 13 years old, sat for his final primary school leaving examination and successfully obtained good results. How we wish his mother was alive to see her dream come to pass.

Josephat
Josephat

The TOSF School directors have paid for all his basic school requirements such as uniforms, shoes, books and a school bag. This gesture has made the boy very happy and henceforth, he has promised to work extra hard at school so that he may fulfil the dream of his mother even much further.
Josephat is not the only child who was sponsored by TOSF

2022 TOSF male bursars.
2022 TOSF male bursars.

School to grade eight (8) but also six other vulnerable boys as their families cannot afford to pay for the school requirements the state schools are demanding.
In addition, we appreciate the government of Zambia for scrapping school fees and declaring free education from grade 1 to 12 which has relieved the burdens of donors and non profits like TOSF. However, even after declaring free education, most of the guardians of these underprivileged children cannot afford to buy the basic school requirements like uniforms, shoes and socks, school bags, stationary and basic requirements of a school going child because they are from the poorest of the poor! Therefore gratitude to Mrs Champ who came to their aid and fully paid for the boys’ school requirements. Josephat and the six (6) other boys have already started their secondary education in grade eight (8). And Ms Melanie Rohling through the sponsorship of Smiling Children e.V Germany has fully sponsored 5 girls.
EDUCATION stops the transmission of poverty to the next generation. IT IS ALWAYS SAID, LIFE IS GOOD WHEN IT IS LIVED FOR ONESELF; GREAT WHEN LIVED FOR OTHERS BECAUSE THE TRUE MEANING OF LIFE IS TO LOOSE ONESELF IN THE SERVICE FOR OTHERS. We can all do our part by sponsoring 1 or 2 children from TOSF School so that we exercise the act of living for others.
Always leave a legacy behind so that when you are long gone others will remember you for it.

 

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Empowering The Girl Child With Education https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/empowering-the-girl-child-with-education/ https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/empowering-the-girl-child-with-education/#respond Mon, 21 Mar 2022 20:32:51 +0000 https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/?p=2172 The Other Side Foundation has always advocated for education as a tool to eradicate poverty among the less fortunate children of the society. This non-profit organisation, renders educational support to both boys and girls who successfully make it to grade 8 to further their studies in state schools through the help of donors. The foundation’s […]

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TOSF SchoolThe Other Side Foundation has always advocated for education as a tool to eradicate poverty among the less fortunate children of the society. This non-profit organisation, renders educational support to both boys and girls who successfully make it to grade 8 to further their studies in state schools through the help of donors. The foundation’s desire has been to see more vulnerable girl children from marginalized families attain higher level of education. Since girls have always been victims of early marriage and teenage pregnancy due to increased poverty in the community they come from.

Five bursars
Five Bursars

Today, TOSF can boast of its dream being actualized because more girls are being sponsored to lower and higher secondary schools yearly through the help of donors who trust and have seen the ongoing grassroots intervention TOSF does in impoverished areas of Lusaka.

This year, five girls from The Other Side Foundation School have been sponsored to grade eight by Smiling Children e,V Germany through the introduction of Ms Melanie Rohling, an expatriate who is working in Lusaka. They bought school uniforms, books, shoes and other school requirements for these girls to start grade 8 fully equipped.

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Ms Melanie interviewing a bursar.

Seeing these girls in junior secondary school has brought a lot of joy to the organisation because we understand that in normal circumstances, girls are marginalised and are out of school simply because they are girls which has been a cultural norm especially in developing African countries and their chances of getting a quality education are even lesser if they come from a poor family which is the case for our five girls. Regardless of the Zambian government declaring free education from primary to secondary levels recently, the underprivileged children that TOSF serves can’t even afford a decent meal not to talk of basic school requirements like shoes, socks and uniforms. Credit goes to TOSF and Ms Melanie Rohling who are convinced that EDUCATING A GIRL CHILD, IS EDUCATING THE NATION. Knowing the fact that, if one does not come forward to sponsor these girls’ education and address the barriers faced by adolescent girls; globally by 2030 over 400 million girls will not secure secondary level education and in this case our girls are no exception. During the interaction session with Melanie the girls shared their dreams and promised their sponsor to work extra hard.

We can therefore conclude to say, girl child education is a strategic development priority of any developing nation as there is a heightened awareness on gender equality. Girls grow up to be women/mothers who very often are the pillar of most households. Investing in girls’ education transforms the stereo type thinking of many communities, they are less likely to marry young and more likely to lead healthy, informed and productive lives.

The five girls who were sponsored by Smiling Children e.V Germany are not the only ones who need support and empowerment TOSF School for OVC has more girls and boys who still need your support to further their education. Why not sponsor a disadvantaged Zambian child through secondary education through the TOSF Bursary program alongside your own children’s education .

 

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AGAINST ALL ODDS https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/against-all-odds/ https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/against-all-odds/#respond Mon, 20 Dec 2021 11:15:57 +0000 https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/?p=2093 Everyday, millions of marginalized children go against all odds by managing to get to school and study. In their daily struggles for an education, these children fight tooth and nail for their right to education no matter what. The Other Side Foundation School has always advocated for this right knowing that the underprivileged have difficulties […]

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Everyday, millions of marginalized children go against all odds by managing to get to school and study. In their daily struggles for an education, these children fight tooth and nail for their right to education no matter what. The Other Side Foundation School has always advocated for this right knowing that the underprivileged have difficulties accessing free education. This is because it understands that children living in crisis situations want the chance to go to school knowing that education is their safety valve for a better future. However, there are many challenges faced by a vulnerable child that may result in not being able to attend school.
­The story of eleven year old Winiefridah Mwamba is a sure indication that no barriers can prevent her from not attaining her education. Winiefridah started Grade 1 at TOSF school in 2017. Coming from a questionable background and her siblings had the opportunity to be enrolled at this school. Like Winiefridah, all her brothers and sisters who were schooled here had worked hard and finished primary education at this school to go to high school with good grades. Since grade one (now she is in grade five) Winfridah has been scoring high marks retaining the 1st position in class. She is known to be very hard working and never abscond classes. But Winfridah’s absence during the final term exams in December 2021 had us teachers, puzzled!
Her absence, made her teacher concerned and when he inquired, it was discovered that the girl was critically ill and was hospitalized at a known government hospital. Everyone was praying for her quick recovery. In order to move on to the next grade, she knew she had to sit for her final term exams in December 2021 but her critical condition was the obstacle she faced. Lo and behold, we saw Winiefridah carried to school on her sister’s back as Winiefridah was too weak to walk. She insisted on coming to school to write her final term exams in December 2021.­ All the teachers were shocked whilst sympathizing with her. All could tell that the child was in pain but she insisted on writing. She joined her classmates writing the exams whilst having physical difficulties due to her failing health. When checked, the girl had really done well in answering the questions during the exams and finished before everyone else did. Out of 52 learners in Grade 5 from 2 sessions, in her condition, Winiefridah had the second highest position in Grade 5 scoring 581 out of 700 marks. Her results makes us proud to have such a focused pupil in our school. The passion she has for school is really amazing; her academic results speaks a thousand words! This is what she had to say, paraphrased, “it is important to find one’s passion” but the most touching part she mentioned was, “actively passion does not find you or walk in through the door to where you are but one must understand her area of interest and invest her or his time and emotions into it to real make it work, that is why, I had to write my exams regardless of this illness.” Translated version.

I now understand that, indeed the wind has a special touch that it brings in its wake, sometimes laughter and at other times great displeasure; and life no matter how you define it, is as unique as the colors it pours into our world. It holds a cloud full of uncertainties which a lot of time you can’t help but wait to see the tune it wants to play and try to see if you can match its rhythm. Winiefridah has danced to the rhythm of life against all odds and hurdles. At such a tender young age she has shown life that she can stand tall withstanding any storm or barrier.
Her perseverance and determination has set a very good example for the rest of the students and everyone has understood that education has to be their top priority. Upskilling and lifelong learning is key to leading a meaningful life amidst all challenges we may face in life.
In TOSF we often say he/she is “A child like any other” and deserves to get an education, eat nutritious food, and be cared for. We strive to ensure that some of the UN Sustainable Development Goals are achieved at TOSF school:

-Achieve Universal Primary Education

-Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger

-Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

 

 

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LEADING WITH COMPASSION https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/leading-with-compassion/ https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/leading-with-compassion/#respond Wed, 27 Oct 2021 07:22:49 +0000 http://www.theothersidefoundation.com/?p=1666 MY JOURNEY WITH TOSF My name is Dorothy mwanza. Iam the deputy head teacher at the The Other side foundation for orphans and vulnerable children (TOSF). I want to narrate a story on how I and my family have benefited from TOSF. I have been raised from grass to grace, low self esteem person to […]

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MY JOURNEY WITH TOSF

My name is Dorothy mwanza. Iam the deputy head teacher at the The Other side foundation for orphans and vulnerable children (TOSF). I want to narrate a story on how I and my family have benefited from TOSF. I have been raised from grass to grace, low self esteem person to a confident person, hopeless person to one who gives hope to the hopeless. These are only a few words I can use to describe my beautiful journey with TOSF.

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WE ARE ONE https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/we-are-one-2/ https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/we-are-one-2/#respond Wed, 27 Oct 2021 07:14:56 +0000 https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/?p=1921 Albinism is a group of disorders inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern that results in little or no production of the pigment melanin, which determines the color of the skin, hair, and eyes. Lack of melanin in albinism predisposes individuals to skin damage, skin cancer, and visual impairment at an early age. Children with albinism […]

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Albinism is a group of disorders inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern that results in little or no production of the pigment melanin, which determines the color of the skin, hair, and eyes. Lack of melanin in albinism predisposes individuals to skin damage, skin cancer, and visual impairment at an early age. Children with albinism especially in low and middle-income countries, do not have access to skin protection lotion and sunglasses, increasing their risk of skin and eye damage and making it difficult to follow school lessons. Thus, school dropout is high among children with albinism. According to standing voice, an international non-governmental organization based in Tanzania, only half of the children with albinism complete primary education, and 10% access secondary school. Low levels of education translate into lower chances of employment later in life and expose people with albinism to enduring poverty.
Besides physical impairment, people with albinism suffer from stigma stemming from attitudinal and environmental barriers that their full effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. Bullying of children with albinism owing to appearance occurs all over the world but people with albinism in sub-Saharan Africa are at particular risk. Witchcraft-related beliefs have seen attacks, mutilations, and killings of people with albinism as some believe that their body parts bring good fortune. Children are a specific target for this type of violence because the innocence of the victims is deemed to increase the potency of the talisman. In sub-Saharan Africa, there is also the belief that the ritual defilement and rape of girls with albinism can cure HIV/AIDS. Inevitably, such persistent marginalization and damage have a dramatic impact on the mental health of people with albinism. Having mentioned challenges and myths associated with albinos, it is very important to state that, the experience for albinos in Zambia is very similar to what other albinos go through around Africa if not the whole world. It is from this standpoint that, The Other Side Foundation School has always advocated for education for all, more precisely the orphans and the albinos are not an exception. Looking too deep into what albinos go through, only an atmosphere of love can win back their confidence to mingle with others. TOSF has always created that atmosphere of love for all pupils because of the type of life they were once exposed to. The learners through Education in Human Values have learned to embrace all regardless of religion, color, and status. Being a school that has restored the lost love from the pupils who have seen much than desired in life, pupils have learned to love and trust again hence albinos no longer feel insecure to mingle free with everyone. They do not see themselves to be different from others but always part of a big family. At our school we have so far had three(3) albinos of which one is in grade one(1), two are in grade 5 respectively. Ben, John, and Mary (not real names) are very happy to be at the Other Side Foundation School, jokingly, they tell their friends to call them bazungu ( white people/ foreigners ).
The fear of being stigmatized is no longer part of them because of the love they receive from teachers and their fellow students. As a foundation, we are proud to mention that, we have been living the Millennium Development Goals (MDG)to be met by 2030 regarding inclusive education. Apart from education, the school has been a center where more than 20 albinos collect their sunscreen cream which is donated to them.
Much truth needs to be told, to break the silence and save these brothers and sisters from the myths attached to their condition. We can show some love by being helpful in any way that will see them break forth and advocate for their education beyond primary school but up to the tertiary level. In a broader perspective, we can say, specific interventions to dispel existing myths about albinism and guarantee the safety rights of people with the condition are urgently needed. It is time for all global citizens including pediatricians, to actively engage in promoting a radical change in the culture around albinism. Let love prevail because love conquers everything. ­

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WE ARE ONE https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/we-are-one/ https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/we-are-one/#respond Thu, 30 Sep 2021 05:52:25 +0000 https://www.theothersidefoundation.com/?p=1926 Albinism is a group of disorders inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern that results in little or no production of the pigment melanin, which determines the color of the skin, hair, and eyes. Lack of melanin in albinism predisposes individuals to skin damage, skin cancer, and visual impairment at an early age. Children with albinism […]

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Albinism is a group of disorders inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern that results in little or no production of the pigment melanin, which determines the color of the skin, hair, and eyes. Lack of melanin in albinism predisposes individuals to skin damage, skin cancer, and visual impairment at an early age. Children with albinism especially in low and middle-income countries, do not have access to skin protection lotion and sunglasses, increasing their risk of skin and eye damage and making it difficult to follow school lessons. Thus, school dropout is high among children with albinism. According to standing voice, an international non-governmental organization based in Tanzania, only half of the children with albinism complete primary education, and 10% access secondary school. Low levels of education translate into lower chances of employment later in life and expose people with albinism to enduring poverty.
Besides physical impairment, people with albinism suffer from stigma stemming from attitudinal and environmental barriers that their full effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. Bullying of children with albinism owing to appearance occurs all over the world but people with albinism in sub-Saharan Africa are at particular risk. Witchcraft-related beliefs have seen attacks, mutilations, and killings of people with albinism as some believe that their body parts bring good fortune. Children are a specific target for this type of violence because the innocence of the victims is deemed to increase the potency of the talisman. In sub-Saharan Africa, there is also the belief that the ritual defilement and rape of girls with albinism can cure HIV/AIDS. Inevitably, such persistent marginalization and damage have a dramatic impact on the mental health of people with albinism. Having mentioned challenges and myths associated with albinos, it is very important to state that, the experience for albinos in Zambia is very similar to what other albinos go through around Africa if not the whole world. It is from this standpoint that, The Other Side Foundation School has always advocated for education for all, more precisely the orphans and the albinos are not an exception. Looking too deep into what albinos go through, only an atmosphere of love can win back their confidence to mingle with others. TOSF has always created that atmosphere of love for all pupils because of the type of life they were once exposed to. The learners through Education in Human Values have learned to embrace all regardless of religion, color, and status. Being a school that has restored the lost love from the pupils who have seen much than desired in life, pupils have learned to love and trust again hence albinos no longer feel insecure to mingle free with everyone. They do not see themselves to be different from others but always part of a big family. At our school we have so far had three(3) albinos of which one is in grade one(1), two are in grade 5 respectively. Ben, John, and Mary (not real names) are very happy to be at the Other Side Foundation School, jokingly, they tell their friends to call them bazungu ( white people/ foreigners ).
The fear of being stigmatized is no longer part of them because of the love they receive from teachers and their fellow students. As a foundation, we are proud to mention that, we have been living the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to be met by 2030 regarding inclusive education. Apart from education, the school has been a center where more than 20 albinos collect their sunscreen cream which is donated to them.
Much truth needs to be told, to break the silence and save these brothers and sisters from the myths attached to their condition. We can show some love by being helpful in any way that will see them break forth and advocate for their education beyond primary school but up to the tertiary level. In a broader perspective, we can say, specific interventions to dispel existing myths about albinism and guarantee the safety rights of people with the condition are urgently needed. It is time for all global citizens including pediatricians, to actively engage in promoting a radical change in the culture around albinism. Let love prevail because love conquers everything.

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