RISE provides support to acid attack rehabilitation centers in:
End Acid Violence Uganda
EAV was founded by Ernest Kayanja and Ali Mubiru, journalists at Radio Simba in Uganda. As journalists and human rights activists, Ernest and Ali know the power of story and media to draw attention to atrocities that are overlooked. As volunteers and concerned citizens, they have worked hard to ensure that people in their country- and all of us- pay attention and take action to ending acid violence.
“The truth is, if it hadn’t been for the support we as an organization receive from RISE, it would be very hard for us to render the services that we do for the survivors. Being a new organization, we find it hard to convince big donors to fund our operations. The funding RISE has given us has helped us to become visible when someone talks about acid violence in Uganda. We are the organization to run to for solutions to the survivors.” – Ernest Kayanja, Director, End Acid Violence Uganda
In Nepali, ASTITWA means ‘existence’ or ‘identity’ and ASTITWA Nepal’s mission is to support survivors in their journey of accepting and embracing their new identity as burn survivors. Founded by social worker and burns activist Rumi Rajbhandari and her colleagues Rupa Dali Shrestha, Minakshi Rana, Simran Silpakar, Sanjana Shrestha, Manisha Karki, and Sunena Shreshtha, ASTITWA Nepal is located in the capital city of Kathmandu and serves victims of burns violence, including acid attack survivors.
“RISE is one of the main donors who has been supporting us through our initial phase. RISE’s continued support in every sector is one of the reasons why we are here today. Through the programs provided by RISE, survivors learn the value of self employment. It also helps them become financially sound, which uplifts their social status. It gives survivors a platform to express themselves. We are very pleased to have a partner like RISE and hope to extend this partnership further.” – Rumi Rajbhandari, Director, ASTITWA Nepal