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Jun 3, 2019

You Empower Victors through Compassion

Your compassion helps survivors find comfort in their community again.

Caroline* and her friends were busy studying for their final national exams. To find a place to read together at night, they would meet at church. Caroline was determined to ace her tests. One night, Caroline went to the church expecting her friends to meet her, but none came. She stayed to study. When she was too tired to keep reading, she fell asleep, alone.

She wasn’t alone though. Her neighbor saw her enter the church. When he realized no one else was going to come, he grabbed her neck. She tried to scream, but he covered her mouth, neary suffocating her. Then he raped her.

Caroline told her parents. Since the rapist was her neighbor, everyone in her village soon knew what happened.

This is how Caroline described what her life was like after her community found out: “My classmates keep saying I smell like rape. They don’t want to sit with me in class. As I walk home, the children of my rapist have waited for me and try to beat me. I never feel comfortable, even at home, because my thoughts keep going to that day every time I’m alone. I see my rapist every time I’m alone, and sometimes when I’m asleep, he comes in my dreams.”

Caroline thought her only escape from her pain would be to kill herself, but your kindness has literally saved her life. You are giving Caroline free counseling to overcome her trauma.

The community education you provide is helping improve understanding of sexual assault. Though Caroline still faces stigma for speaking about her attack, she has you in her corner. Because of you, she has a social worker and the emotional support of other survivors. They remind her that she is valuable.

Girls like Caroline should be able to find support from their community, not be blamed for their own assault. You’re helping make that change. Thank you!

*Names have been changed

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May 29, 2019

Building a Brighter Future

A grandmother you empower!
A grandmother you empower!
In South Western Uganda, it is Rainy Season for Two Thirds of the year. For families that don't have proper homes, they spend almost 70% of the year in fear that their house will collapse with them inside. Maria is the grandmother to her adopted, once orphaned grandchildren. While she has ample amounts of love for her children, she supports them on limited resources. Her family lives in a dilapidated, grass thatched house, without a kitchen or pit latrine. Every time it rained, the water leaked through the house and would flood. Because they have a dirt floor, when the house would flood, Maria and her grandchildren would be living in mud. Because of the unstable roof, every time it rained, Maria feared that the roof would collapse, which could hurt, even kill, her and her grandchildren. To protect themselves during rainstorms, Maria and her grandchildren would seek refuge under neighbor's veranda's. However, her neighbors thought she was dirty and too poor, so they would chase her and her grandchildren away, into the storm. Click the video link below to learn how you helped the Nyaka Grandmother's Group build Maria's family a safe home! Through supporting Nyaka's Grandmother Program, you better the lives of Maria and her grandchildren!

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Apr 22, 2019

You Provide Phionah with a Support System

Thank you for helping protect young girls.
Thank you for helping protect young girls.

Your kindness has allowed Phionah* to find a group of other girls involved with EDJA, so she knows she is not alone in her recovery.

 

Phionah* was known in the neighborhood for running away. She would run from home and stay away until late at night, hoping her father would be asleep. Her neighbors saw, but no one ever said anything.

 

Phionah’s mother left the family when she was just a toddler. Everyone knew Phionah’s father abused her mother daily. Everyone thought the abuse would end after his wife left. Though she didn’t know it, Phionah’s mother left her daughter to live the same life she had lived.

 

Phionah’s father eventually channeled his rage toward his five-year-old daughter. He started sexually abusing her. He threatened to kill Phionah if she ever told anyone. To protect herself, Phionah kept her abuse a secret. She tried to avoid her dad, even if that meant running away almost daily and fending for herself.

 

After seven years of abuse, a new neighbor noticed the 12-year-old’s odd behavior. He saw how the father changed around his daughter. It was obvious what was happening. The neighbor tried to tell a local village leader, but they didn’t want to deal with the problem.

 

However, thanks to your support, the neighbor had options to get Phionah the justice she deserved. He contacted EDJA and went to the village police. The police caught the father as he was abusing Phionah. He couldn’t escape charges.

 

Phionah’s grandmother adopted her grandchild. She came to EDJA later for counseling. EDJA also connected Phionah to a support group of other abused girls. Because of you, she’s working towards healing.

 Thanks to your support, EDJA is able to empower girls like Phionah.

 

Follow the link below to watch a five minute video taken from the upcoming documentary, VICTORS, which tells the story of EDJA Founder, Tabitha Mpamira-Kaguri, and her fight against sexual and domestic violence in Southwest Uganda.

 

 

*Names have been changed

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