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EDJA Rape Crisis Center

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project Vetted since 2011 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month Site Visit Verified
EDJA Rape Crisis Center
EDJA Rape Crisis Center
EDJA Rape Crisis Center
EDJA Rape Crisis Center
EDJA Rape Crisis Center
EDJA Rape Crisis Center
EDJA Rape Crisis Center
EDJA Rape Crisis Center
EDJA Rape Crisis Center
EDJA Rape Crisis Center
EDJA Rape Crisis Center
EDJA Rape Crisis Center

You are empowering young girls to stand up to their attackers--even when they’re family.


After Anitah’s mother died, she lived with her aunt. Yet, at eleven, her father came into her life, demanding his daughter live with him and her brother, Hosea. Anitah’s aunt had never trusted the man. Despite trying to keep Anitah, her father had legal claim to his child. So, Anitah was taken from the safety of her Aunt’s home to live with this man, who was basically a stranger.  


The night Anitah moved in, Hosea woke up to Anitah’s screams. When he scrambled to help, Hosea found his father raping his little sister. Hosea tried to pull his father off of Anitah, but his father tried to stab him.


However, Hosea wouldn’t give up protecting his sister. He ran for help. The neighbors called the police, who arrested their father. Anitah was taken to the hospital. The violent attack had caused serious injuries. It was also discovered that her father was HIV positive, meaning Anitah could contract the disease.


Anitah desperately needed PEP, a medicine that can prevent HIV/AIDS when taken after exposure. But this pill is usually too expensive for families at $5.00 USD. Fortunately, Anitah was taken to Kambuga Hospital, which is home to the EDJA Rape Crisis Center. Because of you, Anitah got this life-saving drug. They continue to test her, but her results have shown so far that she didn’t contracted HIV/AIDS from the attack.


Today, you are helping Anitah work through this trauma through counseling and other vital supports. She is in school, free of HIV/AIDS, and in a safe place today because of you.


Thank you for supporting this important work. It isn’t possible without you.

Living as an orphan with mental illness in rural Uganda is a challenge in itself. Yet, at fourteen, Rosette was also sexually assaulted. 

Rosette’s mental illness had prevented her from attending school. Her grandmother provided her with constant care. Her grandmother usually kept Rosette close to home, but one night she let Rosette go fetch water with her older cousin, Moreen.

On their way, Moreen said she had to stop by the bar where she worked. Rosette trusted her cousin, so she followed. When they entered, Moreen pushed her into a room and locked the door. Rosette found herself trapped with a man she didn’t know. He grabbed her and raped her. Rosette didn’t understand what was happening. She was scared. She thought he was going to kill her. 

When he finished, Rosette escaped. She was still naked, clothes and torn underwear in hand. She ran home to tell her grandmother what happened. Her grandmother went to the police right away. The police would take Rosette to the hospital, but only if her grandmother could pay. Her grandmother could not afford treatment. Without hospitalization, there was a chance Rosette would contract HIV and other STI’s. 

However, because of your compassion, Rosette had hope. Fortunately, one officer knew of EDJA, so he contacted them for Rosette. Your impact allowed Rosette to get the medical attention she needed. Your support provided her with Plan B to prevent pregnancy and medicines like PEP, which prevents against  AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Without your support for Nyaka/EDJA, Rosette would not have been able to access medical treatment  and continued counseling after she was sexually assaulted. 



The five-year old
The five-year old

You might all remember one of the first stories that broke our hearts. The story of a five-year old who was raped by her grandfather and infected her with HIV-virus. As horid as that story is, we are here to report a happy ending, thanks to all of YOU! That little girl, was sponsored to get an education, so she can have a better future, which she continued to do extremely well despite her circumstances. After two years of working with her healing and on her legal case, she finally got to see justice served on her behalf. The perpetrator was sentenced to 32-years in prison. This is the first time any girl in this district has been told that they are believed, and that they deserve to be safe. Thank you for all your support and continued to message to these girls and women, that they are worth healing and protecting.


In gratitude,

As reported by EDJA Victor:


At the tender age of sixteen, I found myself an orphan, alone and without hope or the money needed to afford tuition to attend school. So, when a family friend offered me an opportunity to work in her shop, I accepted it. However, imagine my dismay when upon my arrival, I was immediately put to work in a bar and forced to have sex with the male patrons. After eight months of this abuse; I was forcefully chased away when I finally had the courage to say “No.”

Someone who heard one of EDJA’s radio broadcasts contacted them on my behalf. EDJA got me to a hospital and contacted the police in order to initiate the arrest of my abusers; later I was reunited with my extended family. Even though I have since learned that I am HIV positive, I live with hope for a future since EDJA ensures that I receive the medications needed while they continue to fight for my justice. 



Our victors are survivors of rape and gender based violence. We have served 37 survivors of rape and 15 victims of violence ranging from domestic violence, child neglect, and abuse.




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Together we say, Enough!
Together we say, Enough!


You have kept Edja healing center (Rape Crisis Center), the first of it's kind in southwestern Uganda, open and free for all victims and victors of sexual assault. Edja foundation continues to provide free medical, legal and mental health services. 


A social worker provides ongoing confidential therapy for girls and women who need it. These include home-visits, school visits, and a holistic wellness check for the victors. All victors receive medical interventions at the time of reporting and follow-up tests. In instances where the hospital does not have needed medications

S.A’s story as told by the Counselor

 S.A. is 4yrs old and was defiled by her paternal uncle who is 24yrs old. The parents to S.A. had gone for burial when they left their daughter at home. As she was home, her paternal uncle came and took her into their kitchen and raped her. When the parents came, she told them that her uncle had raped her and so the parents had to check for evidence, which they found. The parents rushed the girl to Katate health center, where she was admitted because her condition was critical. They provided her with Pep. When they reached at kanungu police station to report, The police directed them to edja healing center where they could receive counseling and legal help. The police then called the edja legal services advocate who went there and picked both S.A and  her father to the healing center. On reaching, we helped the girl get medical examination and we at the same time did counseling. It was so unfortunate that after the incident happened when the father took his daughter in the health center, the medical examination was not done at katate health center111 this was because the father to S.A never had money to pay for the examination. So basing on the examination that edja has done, the wounds that were created were healing because it was after a week that they showed up at the healing center


You have made it possible for our legal advocate to pursue cases that were previously discarded as “too tough.” We recently discovered a woman who had been trafficking girls as employees in her bar, and using them as sex slaves to her customers. Because of your support, and that of the community, that bar has been shut down, and the owner is currently in jail awaiting trial


Communities are educated about the effects, consequences, reporting, accountability and safety around sexuality and sexual violence. Our staff visits schools, grandmother clubs, townhalls, and creates radio programs to raise awareness. 


Thank you for standing with us in transforming victims to victors.


Secondary school students outreach workshop
Secondary school students outreach workshop
Legal advocate at a police station on a case
Legal advocate at a police station on a case
Empowered victor!
Empowered victor!
counselor and legal advocate visiting victors
counselor and legal advocate visiting victors
Enough pain, time for healing
Enough pain, time for healing

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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

Location: East Lansing, MI - USA
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Twitter: @NyakaProject
Project Leader:
Daniele Reisbig
Okemos, MI United States
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