Thursday, November 29, 2012


Quote of the Day:   “Every child should have a caring adult in their lives. And that's not always a biological parent or family member. It may be a friend or neighbor. Often times it is a teacher.” -- Joe Manchin

Collins is the head teacher and creator of St. Wiggins Academy in Lamadi.  He is holding two albino children in the picture at the right.  He started St. Wiggins Academy with five kids three years ago and now has over 200, but he gets bored easily.  Having grown the school to its limits, he started a Methodist Church in the building, so it is in use seven days a week.  Lately, he has become deeply troubled by the problems of albino children in Lamadi (see the picture at the right). 
Tanzania has one of the largest populations of albinos in the world -- an estimated 170,000.   The genetic disorder causing albinism also results in abnormal vision and, often, in involuntary eye movements (nystagmus) as well as burned skin, skin cancer, and social discrimination.  In the Lake Victoria area, where we live, about 30 are killed every year because of superstition and witchcraft.
  St. Wiggins Academy now has a special group of albino children for whom we are feeding and teaching and providing a loving and caring place to be every day of the week.  Of course, we need more funds for this, but God provides.  We are doing all we can to support Collins and his work.  We are asking that you pray for him and the children and for God to guide more support our way.  Thank you for the caring that comes from your love of our Lord. 

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