Urambo, Tanzania, 19 May 2019 – On 19 May the Brothers Paul Orobi, Joseph Mdunge and Francis Ogero together with 5 ambassadors WWB from Tanzania visited the Huruma Orphanage Center Urambo in Tanzania.
Br. Paul: “We are all created in the image of God, and by playing and singing together with these young people we want to let them know that also they are our brothers and sisters in God.”
The Huruma Orphanage Center is a children’s home, a safe place for albino and orphaned children. It is led by Father Abogast, and the center is supported by the government and FFCC (Friends and Family Community Connection). The albino children are particularly vulnerable because in this part of Africa many people believe that body parts of albinistic people can transmit magical powers. As a result, people with albinism have been persecuted and killed, and graves of albinos dug up and desecrated. At the same time, people with albinism are in danger of being killed for exactly the opposite reason, because they are presumed to be cursed and bring bad luck. In the Huruma Center they are protected and taken care for.
Some of the children of the Huruma Centre get their education at the nearby school of the Brothers CMM, St. Vincent Secondary School in Urambo. They can go to this school for free. Other children are assisted by sponsors to acquire basic education in other schools.
The brothers visit this place from time to time, just to be with them, playing games and singing songs, and to hand over some donations of food and soap to support them. Also, when the children’s home suffers from water shortage (which happens regularly), the people from Huruma Centre come to the brothers’ community to fetch water.