Myra Bresnahan – The Shade Tree Project
The Shade Tree Project, founded by Myra Bresnahan, works to empower Mozambicans living with albinism through improved health, economics and education.
The Shade Tree Project has developed a broad spectrum 30 SPF all-natural sunscreen using fair-trade ingredients sustainability sourced in Africa, which will be produced in Mozambique by people with albinism. There are extremely high rates of skin cancer in the albinism communities (85% will die before the age of 40 in the region), but sunscreen is difficult to find and expensive.
With their partner organizations Amor A Vida Association of Mozambicans with albinism and the Provincial Health Department, the Shade Tree Project will distribute the sunscreen for free, as well as spearhead a comprehensive educational campaign for and about people living with albinism to help mitigate health problems, prejudice and stigmatization.