RISE University of Cincinnati
RISE University of Cincinnati (RISE UC) was founded by UC student Divya Vinod in 2017. Together with fellow student Meghna Chandorkar, Divya registered the chapter as a student organization at UC and served as president for the first year and a half of its existence. In 2019, the current president, Fatima Khan, was elected.
Microloan Empowerment Project
We are raising funds for a Microloan Empowerment Project to support survivors in Uganda. This is in collaboration with RISE’s partner center in Uganda, End Acid Violence (EAV).
PROJECTS we’ve funded
Nepal Notebook Project (2019)
RISE UC’s first project was the Nepal Notebook Project, an income-generating project benefiting Astitwa Nepal. RISE UC sent Astitwa Nepal $500 to purchase materials, assemble the product, and print these notebooks. Proceeds from the sale of the notebooks have gone to Astitwa Nepal, who uses the money for overhead costs for the running of their organization and to support programming for survivors.
Food during COVID-19 Project (2020)
Due to the onset of COVID-19, both Nepal and Uganda underwent a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus. Due to this lockdown, many acid and burn violence survivors were not able to work and provide food for themselves and their families.
To provide immediate relief during this time, RISE UC hosted a COVID-19 fundraiser in which we raised over $1500. We sent these funds to our partner organizations in Uganda and Nepal, who were able to provide “food packs” that contained items such as rice, daal, potatoes, beans, posho, biscuits, salt, sugar, cooking oil, sanitary pads, and soap for 32 survivors.
events we’ve hosted
A Closer Look at Social Justice (ACLSJ): 2019, 2020, 2021
A Closer Look at Social Justice is an annual event founded by RISE UC that provides a platform for social justice organizations at the University of Cincinnati to present, table, discuss, and spread awareness about their respective causes. This event is open to all university students and to the public and also educates students on how to get involved and become sources of change.