Welcome to The Salif Keita Global Foundation


Salif Keita helps UNHCR raise awareness for on
1st International Albinism Day

The Salif Keita Global Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Malian musician and singer, Salif Keita.

The US-based non-profit tax-exempt 501(c) 3 organization brings media attention to the global plight of people with albinism, has advocacy for their rights and social integration, and raises funds to provide them with free healthcare and educational services in the US, Africa and around the world.  The organization is headed by Mr. Keita's Malian-American wife, journalist and activist, Coumba Makalou Keita.
In the US, people with albinism are often teased for their appearance and have limited support groups and information about their condition. In many African nations, albino infanticide is a relatively common practice.  Even those who escape death at birth are still vulnerable to discrimination and/or violent attacks. In some countries, like Panama (Kuna people), albinism is considered to be the blessing which it truly is! 

The Salif Keita Global Foundation develops media campaigns that positively portray those with albinism, creates programs to raise their self-esteem, provides information and support groups, connects them with organizations, provides job training, and legal assistance for those in danger of persecution and healthcare services. The organization is dedicated to ending the persecution and genocide against persons with albinism.

About one in 13,000 babies in the world are born albino.  In Africa, the ratio is as high as 1 in 1,000 babies. Unfortunately, albinos in many African nations are simply killed due to superstition and ignorance about the skin condition that is caused by a complete lack of pigmentation, or more simply said, they die "because they are black people who have white skin" said Mr. Keita,"whether it's due to discrimination or the hot sun, they are in perpetual danger. Creating thoughts of love towards those with the condition is the first priority and the strongest power in changing the lives of those with albinism. After that, every other positive change will have to follow automatically." 

Mrs.Keita believes that albinism is "a truly beautiful trait that the entire world needs to celebrate with love and acceptance."  Under her guidance, SKGF has launched a campaign called "Stop A.L.B.I.N.O.S. Genocide Now!" which uses the acronym to redefine the term 'albinos' to simply mean ' A Living Being In Need Of Safety™' to bring a new meaning to the often negatively used term.

"It's a sad thought to know that a human being because of their color or lack thereof, considered Albinos in Africa and around the world, have to continue in our lifetime to endure  persecution, social isolation, murder, human rights violations, denial of fair access to education, as well as to healthcare and employment", said Mrs.Keita. "It is a collective human duty to create global awareness and advocacy and speak out against these grave crimes against humanity, or else we are all guilty in one way or another of supporting hatred, discrimination and genocide". 

Salif Keita and other people with albinism on stage at Albinism Awareness Forum in Bamako, Mali in January 2009. The forum was presided by President of Mali HE Amadou Toumani Toure and President of Comores Islands, HE Mohamed Abdouloihabi.


Albinism is beautiful and UNIQUE!
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Albinism - Wikipedia

The National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation

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: Albinism is a defect of
melanin production that results in little or no color (pigment) in the skin, hair, and eyes in varying degrees. It is often a major cause of skin cancer in all races.


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