How We Got Started
The Tanzanian government has set up centers throughout Tanzania to protect children with albinism. Parents take their children to these centers out of fear for their safety or because they do not want them. For three and a half years, Shade served these children at a center in Shinyanga.
Shade launched two preschool classrooms in 2015 at the center after seeing education for the youngest as one of the greatest needs. In our classrooms, we provided supplies like books, clothes, and uniforms. We brought healthy food to help supplement the children’s diet. We sang with them and taught them the love of Jesus through the Bible.
In 2018, after a policy change at the center which meant that preschool-aged children were no longer accepted, Shade concluded our preschool services. While we were sad about this change, we continue to be thankful that many preschoolers received a good start to their education and were loved and cared for by Shade during those years. When Shade began the preschool, we knew that this would only be a temporary program.