ATLANTA — Filmmaker Tyler Perry has donated $200,000 to help build a home for a group of Tanzanian children with albinism who were mutilated for their body parts.
Perry representative Keleigh Thomas Morgan said Monday the filmmaker helped build a four-bedroom house in New Jersey. The children will stay there while they receive medical treatment in the United States.
Perry donated after watching a special featuring Elissa Montanti, a Staten Island woman who runs the nonprofit Global Medical Relief Fund for children affected by war and natural disasters.
Montanti recently brought a group of children with albinism to the U.S. from Tanzania. The children were dismembered in attacks. Their body parts were sold in the belief that children with the disease have special powers to bring wealth and good luck.