EDJA Rape Crisis Center

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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
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 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,

 

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The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project

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

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