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EDJA Rape Crisis Center

by The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
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
Brendah providing counseling to a survivor
Brendah providing counseling to a survivor

COVID-19 mandated lockdowns have caused the number of sexual and domestic violence occurrences to rise significantly. Uganda has been under a very strict nationwide lockdown since April 1st which has meant many survivors are forced to stay at home with their abusers. Last month, police estimated 3,280 recorded domestic violence cases. This is an increase of about 188% compared to monthly reported cases in 2019.

The United Nations has called for urgent action to combat the worldwide increase in domestic violence. Nyaka remains committed to providing free medical care, counseling, and legal advocacy services at no cost to all survivors. Nyaka’s Sexual & Gender-Based Violence Program Coordinator, Brendah Aryatugumya, and has continued offering survivors the counseling they need through dedicated phone lines. We are distributing posters in English and Rukiga to raise awareness of these issues and encourage survivors to access support. We are also working to raise additional funds to enable us to provide survivors with safehouses in order to remove them from the home or vicinity of their abusers.

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Trainers met with police to share forensic tips
Trainers met with police to share forensic tips

In the past few months, your support has led to exciting developments for EDJA! You helped build two additional healing centers for survivors of sexual assault, bringing the total number of EDJA healing centers to four.

Additionally, your support brought two sexual and gender-based violence experts to Nyaka for intensive workshops on supporting survivors of sexual assault, recognizing the warning signs of gender-based violence, and collecting early forensic evidence. These workshops had a 99% attendance rate and reached grandmothers, grandfathers, and professionals from across the region!

Thanks to you, we are well on our way to transforming the EDJA healing centers into holistic SARCs (sexual assault referral centers). By connecting doctors, counselors, and police, EDJA can emphasize survivor-focused policies. These centers are the first in Uganda and will provide survivors with medical care, counseling, and legal support all in the same place, saving survivors from the shame and trauma of reporting directly to the police.

Because of your donations, more survivors than ever have access to these incredible resources for free. Thank you for all you do! 

Police and health professionals collaborated
Police and health professionals collaborated
EDJA rockstar Brendah helped train grandmothers
EDJA rockstar Brendah helped train grandmothers

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Since creating EDJA, you’ve fought alongside your community to combated sexual and domestic violence. In three years, more than 400,000 people have been educated about sexual and domestic violence through school visits and radio programs. The community education you provide is helping improve the understanding of sexual assault.

This year you built two EDJA Healing Centers in Kambuga and Kanungu, giving survivors places they can go to receive help and medical care. In the last four months, you’ve registered an estimated 106 survivors. Thanks to your support, all survivors received FREE counseling, medical, and legal support. Though survivors in your community may receive support, many still face the trauma of their experience, but they have you in their corner.

Because of your support, students are able to stay in school and grandmothers are able to keep providing for their families. Thank you for being a hero!

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Kara was only 10-years-old when her mother left her at home to cook dinner alone. While cooking, an unfamiliar man approached her asking questions. Kara sweetly answered his question not thinking much about it. He persuaded Kara to follow him into the woods by saying he’d give her money for more food. Kara being an innocent child followed him. After reaching a distance from her house, he began to rape her. She began to cry in pain, but he threatened to kill her if she continued to cry. After Kara’s assault, her family searched for ways to find justice. You gave Kara and her family the justice they were looking for when they found EDJA. The perpetrator was caught by EDJA’s legal team and brought to the police. The community was overjoyed to have him put behind bars. He not only sexual assaulted Kara but many other girls in her community, but unlike Kara, they kept quiet about their attacks.

You guided Kara towards healing. After her attack, Kara was able to receive medical treatment and counseling. She can now move forward and go to school without fear.

 

 

Jackson has a new book 'Victory for my Village' coming out. To learn more about how to get your copy click HERE

 

Nyaka's new documentary 'VICTORS'  is coming soon. This powerful documentary highlights EDJA's effort to open everyone's eyes and hearts to the most remote and powerful #metoo movement of our day and the fight against sexual violence in rural Uganda. You can click HERE to find a screening near you. If there is no scheduled screening near you, you can contact Nyaka to schedule a screening in your community. 

 

Click HERE for the official trailer of VICTORS  

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EDJA's founder Tabitha Mpamira-Kaguri
EDJA's founder Tabitha Mpamira-Kaguri

Thank you for being a champion fighting child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence in rural Uganda! Thanks to you, EDJA has had undergone exciting changes in the last year! Not only has the EDJA Foundation merged with Nyaka to address sexual assault in Uganda, but EDJA has also opened a second healing center at in Kanungu where survivors can go for emergency medical support, counseling, and legal advocacy

EDJA works with community police, judiciary, and leaders so survivors can receive the justice they deserve. So far, you are helping more than 80 survivors work towards their healing. This includes children as young as four years old. You are giving survivors the loving support they need to work toward their healing.

Since the launch of your EDJA Healing Center, more than 400,000 people have been educated about sexual and domestic violence through school visits and radio programs.

Thanks to your generous support, we held the second annual Walk to End Gender-Based Violence in July. You brought 3,000 people together to march for equality and listen to great speakers share about how they can help their community fight sexual and domestic violence.

Because of you, communities in Uganda are learning how to support survivors and find help when they need it.

You are a true champion in the fight against sexual and domestic violence! Thank you!

 

 

 

Jackson has a new book 'Victory for my Village' coming out. To learn more about how to get your copy click HERE 

Nyaka's new documentary 'VICTORS'  is coming soon. This powerful documentary highlights EDJA's effort to open everyone's eyes and hearts to the most remote and powerful #metoo movement of our day and the fight against sexual violence in rural Uganda. You can click HERE to find a screening near you. If there is no scheduled screening near you, you can contact Nyaka to schedule a screening in your community. 

Click HERE for the official trailer of VICTORS  

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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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