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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

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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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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Photo of Young Survivors
Photo of Young Survivors

Children do not always have the words to express trauma.

Annah’s mother died during childbirth. Her only family, her grandparents, became her caretakers. She felt like her grandmother was a mother, but always felt uncomfortable around her grandfather.

When her grandmother often went away, Annah was forced to be alone with her grandfather. She couldn’t fully explain why she felt nervous around him. Then, when she was just 5 years old, he attacked her and sexually abused her. Eventually he was caught, but the abuse left Annah HIV positive.

Because of your support, she is able to get the ARV pills she needs to treat her illness so she can stay in school. Your EDJA staff made sure her grandfather was arrested. They supported Annah and her grandmother through the comlicated legal process. Your support also provides Annah with counseling to help her work toward healing.

Without you, Annah and her grandmother would have been left alone with no allies to stand with them. Your support reminds Annah that she is believed, she is valuable, and she is worthy of justice--truths that every survivor needs to hear.

Thank you for empowering and supporting Annah on her healing journey.

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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. 

 

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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

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

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