I learned that a five-year-old girl in Kanungu, Uganda was raped by her grandfather leaving her HIV positive and still had to live with him because a victim of Rape in Uganda has to pay for the police to apprehend the perpetrator. It's also a victim's responsibility to get their own medical evidence. As a former victim, I couldn't stand by and let this happen, neither should you. Edja provides, free counseling, training, advocacy, medical and legal support for all victims in this district.
21 Girls/women of Uganda are raped daily and yet no access to medical, mental, and legal services due to poverty. A victim is required to pay fees before the police can apprehend a perpetrator & for medical exams. As a result, victims do not report and we get cases like that of F.K, who was raped by her grandfather and contracted HIV/AIDS virus because her guardian could not afford the medication for prevention. Beneficiaries are girls like E.N, who was raped from 4yrs-19yrs by her father.
Edja Foundation's healing Center is within the main hospital and offers: Crisis and Advocacy Services, which will include a 24-hour hotline; but currently has 24-hour medical, mental and legal advocacy. These services are available to survivors of sexual assault and their families. Edja provides financial help for those who cannot afford legal fees, so that girls like E.N mentioned above can finally be safe in her own home. Edja provides a holistic healing approach specific to the individual.
Long-term effect will be a decrease in the number of rapes, with the ultimate goal being to eradicate sexual violence as a whole. Beneficiaries will be given tools that will transform their lives from victims to victors. Edja serves a district of over 250, 000 people, and hopes to replicate healing centers throughout East Africa.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Podcast interview of how Edja was founded.