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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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Bright Kids Uganda

ASA Social Fund for Hidden People
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)

Votes7 DateOct 1, 2015

Funded: 3 $175.00

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Advocates for Children with Disabilities

ASA Social Fund for Hidden People
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

Votes2 DateSep 30, 2015

Funded: 1 $20.00

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The Great Kings and Queens

ASA Social Fund for Hidden People
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

Votes1 DateSep 30, 2015

Funded: 0 $0.00

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Hanifa's Human Security Education Fund

ASA Social Fund for Hidden People
Centre for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and burns Violence
Hanifa Nakiryowa is an acid survivor. She is just one of the 480 documented acid attack cases in Uganda and most likely one of the additional hundreds or thousands undocumented cases that are not reported. Acid attack victims are attacked with the primary intention of disfiguring, maiming, torturing or in some cases killing. Causes are many and varied including gender violence, jealousy, political or business revenge.
Acid is used as a weapon to disfigure, blind, and
force someone to withdraw from society.
It takes away a person’s human rights and dignity. Hanifa became a statistic when she was
attacked and disfigured. Most importantly, she lost her eyesight in one eye, her ability to work
and support her daughters; she underwent months of painful surgeries and still undergoing
more. She has permanent severe scarring on her face and body.
Despite the countless surgeries, mental anguish and fighting back for her life and dignity,
she has emerged as a leader of all Uganda acid survivors who are still hidden, some homeless,
many shunned by their families and above all have lost their dignity and human rights. Acid
attacks are not just in Uganda, but are common in Cambodia, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan,
Colombia, Iran, Nigeria, South Africa and several other African countries.
Hanifa suffered the brutal acid attack in December 2011:
At her estranged husband’s home in Kampala, Uganda and since then has not given up her quest to end this brutal form of gender violence. She strongly believes that her physical scarring has not affected her true personality.
She believes she is still the same person inside with a similar ability to do things and to promote
change like any other “normal” person.
During Hanifa’s months in the hospital, she decided to not wallow in her
misery and hopelessness:
Instead Hanifa decided to become a leader in helping other victims such as herself to regain their human rights in society. She began by visiting victims in the hospital, offering them hope and support during their painful healing process and continued this support when they returned back to their homes and families.
Through this endeavor, her list of survivors began to grow. She then made the decision to create a group of survivors so that they can support each other and have access to information about medical supporters, agencies, rehabilitation programs, and ultimately professional education, etc. to help themselves regain their life back.
In 2012, Hanifa’s dream began to become a reality
She founded and is now the Director of CERESAV (Centre for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and burns Violence). Hanifa registered CERESAV as a charitable non-government organization that is established to readdress the problem of acid violence in Uganda and support acid violence victims in their rehabilitation and re-integration into society progress.
CERESAV’s vision is to ensure an acid and burns violence-free Uganda,
East Africa and internationally, and to ensure that acid attack survivors live with dignity. Its mission is to prevent acid and burns violence and empower survivors; and by working through an integrated approach using a replicable holistic model which engages all national and international stakeholders and is backed by research, experience, education and evidence.
Over the past few years, Hanifa has become an outspoken advocate
to raise public awareness and to speak out against this type of violence. She has demonstrated her commitment and dedication through providing emotional support to the victims of acid violence, increasing awareness, lobbying for collective efforts to fight this barbaric act through the media both nationally and internationally. She has worked tirelessly over the past several years making CERESAV’s vision and mission a reality.
A graduate with a master’s degree in Economics and a mother of two:
Hanifa bravely decided to appear on CNN, NTV (Uganda) and in the United Kingdom. She was profiled in numerous newspaper articles in Uganda New Vision daily newspaper, The UK Times, The East Grinstead Courier as well as the Yahoo UK News. She has spoken to several gender violence, human rights and women empowerment conferences in Uganda, UK and the USA. A film, Unveiling the Scars, has been produced and released addressing the problems and issues around acid attacks inUganda and can be viewed at:
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Hanifa is an acid survivor and can best help others who have experienced this most vicious attack because she has experienced it herself. She is a determined, articulate, smart young woman who wants to put a stop to this violence. She wants to educate others on how to prevent such attacks from happening, to prevent all types of gender violence, and to offer support and training for those whose lives have been destroyed so that they can regain their dignity and become a productive member of society. She not only wants to work in Uganda but on a regional and an international level.
To do this, Hanifa has applied to the University of Pittsburgh’s:
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
(GSPIA) program in international development and has been accepted to the Fall program beginning August 2015. Her goal is to complete a Master's degree in the area of Human Security/International Development with a possibility of continuing on to a PhD program in international development. She wants to work internationally in the area of human security and gender violence. She has a bachelor’s degree from Makerere University, Uganda and a Master’s degree from University of Nairobi, Kenya. Her previous employment in Uganda was in a project funded by the United Nations.
Hanifa is seeking funds so that she can pursue her dream of working towards her master’s and PhD program:
This will enable Hanifa to work internationally to help victims of acid attacks, gender violence and in the area of human rights. Institutionally, her focus is on creating a steady stream of funds for CERESAV so it can continue its work in support of acid attack and gender violence victims and in turn training and educational opportunities for other acid attack victims.
ASA (etc.) supports Hanifa in this effort.
First and foremost, Hanifa is seeking funds to support her academic studies
Hanifa is pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Security and Development.
This includes:
$20,000 for personal costs while she is attending school from 2015-2017 ($10,000 per year).
PLEASE CONSIDER YOUR SPONSORSHIP AND SUPPORT TO HANIFA'S EDUCATIONAL FUND TODAY. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH HANIFA TO STOP GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
THANK YOU
CERESAV Foundation
ASA Foundation for Hidden Peoples
Hanifa Nakiryowa and Pauline Greenlick

Votes5 DateApr 13, 2015

Funded: 6 $1,345.00 / $20,000.00

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Ceresav.org

ASA Social Fund for Hidden People
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
Hanifa Nakiryowa Ceresav founder and survivor:
Hanifa at Ceresav Meeting:
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.
Hanifa 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.
Ceresav Founding Members:
PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO:
Unveiling the Scars
Ceresav Book Available Here with your Sponsorship (See From the Heart on right side of page)

Votes9 DateMar 11, 2015

Funded: 4 $200.00


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Stand with Ceresav to Sign the Acid Violence (Toxic Chemicals Prohibition and Control) Bill in to law in 2015

ASA Social Fund for Hidden People
Urge President Museveni of Uganda to pass the acid attack bill by the end of 2015!
We, the Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and Burns Violence (CERESAV), call on Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta to sign the Acid Violence (Toxic Chemicals Prohibition and Control) Bill in to law in 2015!
Acid violence refers to the premeditated act of throwing corrosive acid on a person’s face and body with the intent to disfigure, torture, or kill. In these vicious attacks, the acid melts the flesh, sometimes to the bone, and causes lifelong scarring, physical disfigurement, and in many cases, permanent disability including blindness and immobility. In the words of one Ugandan survivor, “After the attack my only prayer was to die. The pain was too much for me to handle. Whenever I could look at my body, many questions could come into my mind like, ‘Why was I born?’ and ‘Why me among all?’ When my case was reported, I was so disappointed to hear the police officers telling me that I should let the perpetrator go because in the Ugandan constitution there is no law against acid attack. This just increased on the pain, that I had to see someone who did this to me walking freely because of the weak laws.”
Acid violence is on the rise in Uganda. Estimates suggest that over 400 acid attack survivors live in the capital city of Kampala alone. Other countries that have high rates of acid violence such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cambodia, and India have passed legislation regulating the sale of acid and lengthening prison times for perpetrators. These types of legislation have significantly reduced the number of attacks. It is time that Uganda does the same!
The Toxic Chemicals Bill is an important first step. If signed into law, perpetrators of acid attacks could face up to life imprisonment. The next step is to call on the Ugandan government to follow the example of other countries and pass legislation that is specific to acid violence and that mandates free medical care and legal aid to survivors, licensing of acid vendors, and the penalization of those who aid and abet in acid violence.
Join CERESAV and the survivors we serve in calling on H.E. President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta to sign the Toxic Chemicals Bill in to law! Share your voice and let him know that not only Uganda, but the international community is calling on him to take this important first step in fighting acid violence in Uganda.
Letter to
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta
Urge President Museveni of Uganda to pass the acid attack bill by the end of 2015!
PLEASE VISIT THIS LINK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE TOXIC CHEMICALS BILL. HELP US PUT AN END TO ACID VIOLENCE. YOUR SIGNATURE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
https://www.change.org/p/ugandan-president-yoweri-museveni-kaguta-urge-president-museveni-of-uganda-to-pass-the-acid-attack-bill-by-the-end-of-2015?recruiter=442983358&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_for_starters_page&utm_term=des-lg-no_src-no_msg#petition-letter

Votes4 DateDec 17, 2015

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Hanifa Nakiryowa

ASA Social Fund for Hidden People
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.
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/acid-attacks-around-the-world--hanifa%E2%80%99s-story-
090322137.html#RMKsrpO
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article3838181.ece
 Awareness raising articles on the effects of acid violence.
http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/638144-how-domestic-violence-affects-innocent-
children.html
http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/637806-csi-an-acid-attack-that-turned-into-
murder.html
 CNN London and ITN TV interviews on Acid Violence as a global phenomenon.
http://connecttheworld.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/24/woman-scarred-by-acid-attack-speaks-
out/
http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/topic/hanifa-nakiryowa/
http://www.itnsource.com/en/shotlist//ITN/2013/05/30/T30051308/?v=2
Source, retrieved on 2/23/15:
http://ceresav.org/?page_id=6852
PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO:
Unveiling the Scars

Votes8 DateFeb 23, 2015


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Stand with Ceresav to Sign the Acid Violence (Toxic Chemicals Prohibition and Control) Bill in to law in 2015 Dec 17, 2015 @ 01:42:32 am
Bright Kids Uganda Oct 1, 2015 @ 01:18:49 pm
Advocates for Children with Disabilities Sep 30, 2015 @ 01:03:18 pm
The Great Kings and Queens Sep 30, 2015 @ 11:49:49 am
Hanifa's Human Security Education Fund Apr 13, 2015 @ 07:15:47 am
Ceresav.org Mar 11, 2015 @ 01:35:21 pm
Hanifa Nakiryowa Feb 23, 2015 @ 12:43:56 pm
CERESAV Feb 23, 2015 @ 12:11:01 pm

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