May 31, 2017

Albinism Week - Post 4

This week, we are raising awareness about albinism in Africa. To learn more and participate read this website daily and keep up with us on Twitter @LedyardAmnesty.

There are over 100 plastic eggs hidden throughout the school today. When you find an egg, you’ll get a Jolly Rancher and learn about attacks on albinos. Please return your egg to the box in the main office or room 211 (so we can reuse it).

Want to win a $50 gift card to Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks? Participate in our annual $50 Fugitive completion. View the details and rules on this post. Wednesday’s clue and fact are:
  • The Fugitive was once told to leave a church in Venezuela because he/she was wearing shorts.
  • A complete set of body parts from a human albino can sell for as much as $75,000 on the black market.

May 30, 2017

Albinism Week - Post 3

While we will post, announce, and Tweet all week about the problems of albinism in Africa, we suggest watching this video to orient yourself to the issue.

$50 Fugitive Rules (Albinism Week - Post 2)

Win a $50 gift card to Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks, your choice. To do so, you must correctly and properly identify the $50 Fugitive.

The $50 Fugitive is a teacher at LHS. Each day this week, we will offer a clue to help you identify the Fugitive. The clues will be more reveling as the week progresses.

Also, we will be sharing facts about albinism in Africa all week. Facts will be shared via Wednesday's egg hunt and each day a fact will be shared via the morning announcements.

If you think you have determined who the Fugitive is, you must approach the Fugitive to accuse them. BUT FIRST, you must recite 3 facts about albinism in Africa. The facts can come from our eggs or the daily announcements. Even if you identify the correct teacher, the teacher will deny being the Fugitive until the correct facts are given.

Finally, you CANNOT accuse the Fugitive during class time. You'll need to approach him/her during passing periods, lunch, etc.

Albinism Week - Post 1

This week, the Amnesty International Club is raising awareness about albinism in Africa. Keep an eye on the morning announcements and our Twitter @LedyardAmnesty to learn more and participate.

There are up to 10,000 people living with albinism in Malawi alone. Attacks and killings of albinos occur in 25 African countries. Poor education leads people to believe that albinism is a curse of the gods, or a contagious disease. In reality, it is simply a genetic condition (lack of melanin in hair, skin, and eyes). But since the population is uninformed, there is a stigmatism against people born with albinism and the mothers that give birth to them. The harassment towards mothers is so extreme in some cases that they cave and throw away their infants. We'll offer much more information about this issue as the week progresses.

Our awareness-raising campaign centers around this website, our Twitter, an egg hunt and the $50 Fugitive. Spread the word and participate!

To start things off, there will be an egg hunt in the school tomorrow. Over 100 plastic eggs will be hidden throughout the school. When you find an egg, you’ll get a Jolly Rancher and learn a bit about attacks on albinos in Africa. (Please return your egg to the box in the main office or room 211, so we can reuse it.)

We are excited to announce that one of our teachers is the $50 Fugitive and if you can “catch” the Fugitive, you’ll win a $50 gift card to Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks. When you identify the Fugitive you must also recite 3 facts on albinism in Africa. If you do both correctly you win! Tuesday’s clue and fact are:
  • The Fugitive once rappelled a rocky mountain cliff. 
  • It is believed that the bones of people living with albinism contain gold.