RISE University of California- Los Angeles
RISE University of California- Los Angeles (RISE UCLA) was founded by UCLA student Ashna Khare in 2020. Ashna advocated for acid attack survivors while in high school and when learning about RISE, decided to start a chapter at UCLA to continue her advocacy work.
Macrame Training, Nepal
RISE UCLA is raising funds for a macrame training for survivors of acid and burns violence in Nepal through our partnership with Astitwa Nepal. Macrame is a form of hand-made textile craft produced by knotting techniques using strings/cords made up of cotton, linen, jute, or other yarns. The macrame crafts vary according to knotting techniques and include decorations, including pot hangers, wall hangers, plant hangers, and garlands. Jewelry such as necklaces and earrings are also made using macrame. In Nepal’s local market, the demand for macrame has grown and providing a training for survivors to learn macrame will allow them to produce products to sell in this market and become economically empowered. In addition to income generation, macrame is often used as a therapeutic technique which can be beneficial for both physical and mental relaxation for survivors.