CERESAV (Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and Burn Violence) is a non-profit supporting survivors of acid attacks. Acid attacks are as horrific as they sound and overwhelmingly target young, impoverished women. The organization’s founder, Hanifa Nakiryowa, herself a survivor, started CERESAV in 2012 as a self-empowerment platform where survivors are given the skills to rebuild & regain control of their lives. We initially partnered with CERESAV to sell their baskets and help raise awareness about acid attacks violence against women.
As of 2018, their mission has shifted to focus solely on funding medical care for new victims in the hospital. Hospital stays can last several months and in Uganda, patients are required to provide all supplies – bandages, medicine, food – which is very expensive. Since they are no longer selling handcrafts, we shifted our activities as well and hosted a fundraiser, raising over $9,000! That’s enough to cover six months of medical expenses for 3 women. CERESAV is fiscally sponsored by the 501c3 Social Good Fund so we will keep fundraising for them as long as they want our support. Read more and donate.