Back in London, after flying to a remote island called Ukerewe in the middle of Tanzania's Lake Victoria to work with a deeply marginalised community with albinism.
This project is part of an inspirational initiative run by Standing Voice (standingvoice.org), an incredible international human rights charity specialising in albinism. Standing Voice are a small team of amazing humans based in Hackney doing genuinely life-changing and life-saving work which I am proud to support.
Albinism is a genetic condition that affects the body's production of melanin, so people who have it are visually impaired with very pale skin - in Africa, their striking visual difference causes stigma, bullying, and even violence. Hundreds of people with albinism have been murdered across Africa due to witchcraft beliefs that their limbs have special powers to make you rich.
Standing Voice works broadly to support this population - skin cancer prevention, eye care, education, awareness-raising - but this month they are focusing their efforts on a single community in Tanzania. Ukerewe - an island in the middle of Lake Victoria, four hours from the mainland - has a particularly high number of people with albinism, and these are among the poorest and most vulnerable in the whole of Tanzania.
I travelled to the charity’s home in Ukerewe Island, Tanzania, with my collaborator Julia Jomaa and a Zetteler-assembled squad of printmaker Alex Booker and designer-maker Simon Sawyer plus some other inspirational creatives. I covered the community’s water tanks, their little radio production lab and a new library in a maze of Tanzania-inspired patterns, which we hope will bring some new life to the Umoja Training Centre, its community and its surroundings.
I have created a limited edition print which echoes the design of the large-scale artworks I created in Tanzania. To help us raise funds for the charity, our friends at Hato Press (hatopress.net) have generously offered to print 100 x limited edition prints of my two different designs. The 200 prints will be signed and numbered by me and will be sent as a thank you to the first 200 people to make a donation of £35 or more!! : )
IMPORTANT >> Please include your preference (print 01 or print 02) in the message when you make a donation so that we can send you your favourite. We can't guarantee that you will get your first choice of print - it will be first come first served but we'll do our best! Please mention if you'd like more than one print from your donation in the personal message - if you donate £70 we can send 2 prints, etc.
IMPORTANT >> You must tick the box to confirm that 'Camille Walala can contact you' as we will send an email in July to confirm your address.
The print dimensions are below, alongside some extra information about what the charity can do with your money, which I hope helps to bring some extra context to your generous donations. The cost of one £35 print can pay for an entire month of quality education for a person with albinism.
- Design: 2x print designs (see images in header)
- Dimensions: A3 (297x420mm)
- Paper: 300gsm
- Price: £35 (including post and packaging in UK only)
- Special details: Limited edition print of 100 per design signed and numbered by Camille Walala
Key details about receiving the print:
- Prints will be sent to the first 200 people to make a donation of £35 or more.
- For donations of £35 we can ship within the UK. We'd love to send the prints further afield but please increase your donation to reflect the increased P&P costs - so that we can save money for Standing Voice!
- All prints will be sent during July by Royal Mail first class (not tracked).
- Thank you for your support!!
All donations will be gladly received to support this incredible charity - here's a breakdown of exactly what your money can buy for a person with albinism:
- £3 could provide a pair of 100% UV-protective sunglasses to a person with albinism as part of our Vision Programme.
- £10 could provide a wide-brimmed hat to help a person with albinism stay safe in the sun.
- £18 could provide a person with albinism with a year's supply of Tanzanian-made sunscreen.
- £25 could provide prescription glasses to a child with albinism and transform their educational experience.
- £35 a month (or £420 a year) could provide a high-quality inclusive education to a student with albinism (the cost of 1 print).
- £40 could provide books and school uniform to a student with albinism for a year.
- £150 could provide life-saving dermato-surgery to treat skin cancer.
- £200 could train a community group to complete our Community Ambassador Award.
- £350 could help a person with albinism to launch an enterprise or grow their business.
- £700 could provide a cryogun to be used at our Skin Cancer Prevention clinics.
Anything you can donate would mean a lot to me, everyone at Standing Voice both in London and Tanzania and the entire volunteer team involved in the trip.