ASA Social Fund for Hidden People
The ASA Social Fund for Hidden Peoples is a USA based charity with 501 (C) 3 status which supports Uganda non-profit organizations who provide financial support for vulnerable and fragile adults and children who are impacted by extreme poverty, gender violence, civil strife, abandonment, and physical disabilities. Financial support is provided by private donations and the sale of crafts and books through the ASA Enterprises, LLC For more information about the organizations we support, Visit: http://www.asasocialfundforhiddenpeoples.org Organizations we support: Bright Kids Uganda is a children’s home located near Entebbe, Uganda. Victoria Nalongo Namusisi co-founded the home in 2000 and is currently the Director. Bright Kids Uganda Mission is to rescue vulnerable and economically disadvantaged children from their dire circumstances in which they are currently living by providing housing, their basic necessities and education. Bright Kids Uganda Vision is to establish long term community-based homes for orphaned, abandoned and neglected children and to provide education, job training, and medical care. ASA Foundation seeks funds to: • Support educational scholarships for Bright Kids Uganda residents and children who live in their own homes but need scholarship support • Provide support for income generation • Provide investment money for Bright Kids Uganda small loan fund • Help sponsor special projects for Bright Kids Uganda (emotional/counseling support for PTSD, etc) CERESAV is the Centre for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and Burns Violence. Its Vision is to have an acid violence-free Uganda where survivors live with dignity. Hanifa Nakiryowa, an acid survivor, founded CERESAV in 2012 and is the current Founding Director. CERESAV Mission is to prevent acid and burns violence and empower survivors by working with an integrated approach using a replicable holistic model which engages all national and international stakeholders and is backed by research, experience and evidence. ASA Foundation seeks funds to: • Disseminate information on Acid attacks and gender violence in Uganda and Africa • Develop a shelter for acid attack victims as a halfway house for rehabilitation • Create an educational fund to provide training and rehabilitation for marketable skills • Develop a small loan fund for acid attack and burn victims of gender violence to help develop businesses both rural and urban • Make available basic healing and health supplies for acid attack victims while hospitalized and for after care • Provide support for transportation to and from the hospital for those providing support and counseling to hospitalized victims The Great Kings and Queens Children’s Centre Bugembe Medi was a former street child who was rescued by Victoria Namusisi from Bright Kids Uganda. After leaving Bright Kids at the age of 18, he founded and is now Director of his own children’s home and school, The Great Kings and Queens Children’s Home. Currently, Medi provides support for 467 children ages from five through thirteen. Many of the children have been impacted by extreme poverty, were former street children or from families who are so poor that they cannot support them. He provides for them an education within the Centre in addition to housing for those who have no home. ASA Foundation seeks funds to: • Develop a basic needs fund to provide support for food, clothing, bedding, medical supplies and school supplies • Create a scholarship fund for Secondary Education for top graduates • Provide training support for staff and volunteers Advocates for Children with Disabilities The Parents with Children with Disabilities Uganda organization was founded in 2013. They began with a small group of parents who were seeking support and advice for providing support for their children who have severe disabilities. Beginning with seven families, they have now grown to over 80 families. Meeting once a month, parents gather to seek emotional support, share information, and provide medical and educational advice for each other. ASA Foundation seeks funds to • Provide equipment, medicine, standers, leg braces and medical supplies • Provide funds for accessible related facilities and devices such as handicapped accessible latrines, ramps, etc • Provide information on special needs issues beneficial for parents and providers • Create an educational fund • Access to micro loans
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Hanifa before the acid attack
After suffering a brutal acid attack in 2011 at her estranged husband’s home in Makerere University-Kampala, the founder of CERESAV (Centre for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and burns Violence); Hanifa Nakiryowa, a graduate with a master’s degree in Economics and a mother of two bravely decided to become an outspoken advocate to raise public awareness and to speak out against this type of violence.
She strongly believes that her physical scarring has not at all affected her true personality. She believes she is still the same person inside with similar ability to do things and to cause change like any other normal person. She has demonstrated her commitment and dedication through providing emotional support to the victims of acid violence, increasing awareness raising, lobbying for collective efforts to fight this barbaric act through the media both nationally and internationally.
She has conducted a series of advocacy and awareness raising interviews in a number of forums as a step towards her vision of zero tolerance to acid violence;
Hanifa working at Uganda Acid Survivors Foundation:
Hanifa and Rita planning Ceresav Meeting
Ceresav Founding Members:
Advocacy articles on acid attacks around the world.
Awareness raising articles on the effects of acid violence.
CNN London and ITN TV interviews on Acid Violence as a global phenomenon.
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