He’s a Fighter!

By: Susan Grubbs

When I say that three-year-old Michael is a fighter, I mean that in more ways than one.

Michael was birthed on the dirty, concrete floor of his home, a converted animal stable in Tanzania. Fast forward three years, and Michael is enrolled in Shade School.

His first week of school, while I was there in January, was spent fleeing the classroom in tears (I mentioned he was a fighter!). Soon he figured out that if he stuck around, he’d get to play games, sing songs and eat snacks. He warmed up to the love and encouragement of his teacher, Madam Debora, and decided to stay put in his little plastic chair.

Michael is the first one in his family with the opportunity to receive a quality education: to learn in a positive environment, have healthy meal supplements, and know that Jesus loves him. Each day, he gets to put on his Shade School shirt on which is written: Raising Leaders, Changing the World. He may not know it yet, but he is becoming a world-changer. Maybe that fight in him will be needed after all.

The model of Shade School is one of inclusivity, where children in the community and children with albinism will learn together. This is how we plan to break down the barriers that currently exist and help to raise a new generation that knows the truth about albinism: simply, that they are valuable. 

Michael isn’t a student with albinism, but we pray he will be one that fights against the misconceptions that hold people with albinism back. We are building a great reputation and structures to safely include children with albinism at Shade School, so that Michael will know that ALL of his classmates are just like him, loved and valued by God and their teachers. You have helped make it possible. Thank you for being a fighter, too, as you fight for Michael to achieve. 

Oh and I almost forgot: support received by Shade has also provided Michael’s dad, George, with a new house on the Shade Campus. No more old animal stall for our trusty Head of Security!

We’re fighting together,

P.S. I suppose even fighters get tired, too.

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Impact Update- Quarter 2

This past quarter has been unique due to COVID-19. Although Shade School was temporarily closed, we were able to pivot in order to serve our children and community in the ways that they needed most.

We are excited to share with you our second-quarter impact report, not only because it shows the impact of ministering to our community during this time of crisis, but also because the staff in Tanzania have some great words of encouragement to share!

Be blessed!

Coronavirus Update

International Director Claire Fedele gives an update on the work of Shade in Tanzania during the coronavirus pandemic.

Although Shade has had to get creative and restrategize, our mission to reach the most vulnerable with the tangible love of Jesus is continuing to move forward. We are reaching out to the local community, the community of people with albinism, and our preschool students in order to offer support and help to meet urgent needs. Thank you for the prayers and partnership that move this mission boldly forward during this time.

Congrats, Claire

Claire Fedele, SHADE Founder and International Director, is one of the newest members of the New Wineskins Missionary Network Board of Trustees. Elected in February, Claire joins the other Trustees in leadership of this strategic international mission organization for the next four years.

The New Wineskins Missionary Network (newwineskins.org) has been mobilizing Anglicans for cross-cultural partnerships around the world since 1974. New Wineskins raises mission awareness, provides resources, encourages prayer and care for missionaries and launches new mission networks. It also hosts the New Wineskins for Global Mission international conference every three years. Claire spoke about SHADE at the 2019 conference in both a plenary session and a MAP Talk (small group presentation).

SHADE congratulates Claire on her new position and commits to praying for her that God will continue to give her wisdom and vision for the work of His Kingdom.