UKAID

Project Title

‘Tackling Acid & Burns Violence in Nepal and Pakistan’ (CHASE)

Donor Agency

UKAID, DFID

 Lead Organization

Acid Survivors Trust International, UK

Barbara Russo

Program Manager

Implementing Partners

Acid Survivors Foundation, Pakistan

Burns Violence Survivors Nepal

Location of the project

Pakistan, Nepal, UK

 

Project Timeframe

October 2013 – September 2016

Project Budget (In £)

Total £ 415,911

ASTI UK £ 150,950

ASF Pakistan £ 139,101

BVSN Nepal £ 125,858

Project Background

Acid violence is a brutal form of violence mostly against women and girls. Acid attacks cause immediate disfigurement, long-lasting medical complications, pain, social ostracism and psychological damage for victims. The most common reasons for attacks might be women rejecting love, marriage or sex proposals, dowry-related and other marital disputes, land or property disputes. While acid and burns violence is not restricted to a geographical region, attacks are most common in south Asia, where there is cheap and easy availability of acid. 80% of known acid attack victims are female and almost 70% are under 18 years of age. The program addresses these issues in Nepal and Pakistan in collaboration with the Acid Survivors Foundation Pakistan and Burns Violence Survivors Nepal.

Project Goal

The project aims to contribute to eradicating acid and burns violence and ensuring survivors live a life of dignity and free from fear. This will be achieved by:

  1. Ensuring that survivors enjoy improved health, are better accepted in their communities, feel safer and more confident.
  2. Improving responses to/ prevention of acid and burns violence.
  3. Generating a stronger evidence base to help to understand the nature and prevalence of the issue and to assess what kinds of support and interventions are most effective in tackling acid and burns violence.

 

Project Activities

Bio-Cycle Rehabilitation (Women Empowerment)

  • Medical aid to survivors; consisting of surgeries, assessments, and associated procedures such as the provision of medicines; provision of physiotherapy, psychological counseling, and nutritional packages.
  • Legal Support to survivors; consisting of assistance in registering FIRs, legal advice, legal follow-ups and interventions, and cases of survivors brought before the courts.
  • Socio-economic support; consisting of skills and needs assessment of the survivors, followed by educational support, vocational training, job placement, or facilitation of self-entrepreneurship, whichever option is best suited to the needs of the survivors. Where survivors express an interest in and capacity for self-entrepreneurship, we work with them to prepare a business plan.
  • Survivor confidence and security; assessment of survivors’ level of confidence before and after treatment. Involving survivors in workshops, seminars, and other events on women’s rights, GBV, and acid violence as a confidence building exercise.

Awareness Campaign

  • Awareness sessions are conducted in the field informing the community members and stakeholders about laws dealing with acid crimes, procedure for FIRs and medical legal reports and services provided by ASF. An average of 10 participants per session.
  • Focus group discussions are conducted in the field sensitizing community leaders about the causes and consequences of acid and burns violence. An average of 10 participants per session.

 

Media Campaign

  • Conceptualization, designing, production and distribution of 3000 posters as part of an emergency response campaign at district level in Southern Punjab (Muzaffargarh, Multan, Vehari, Lodhran, Bahawalpur, Sukkur) and in Northern Sindh.
  • Conceptualization, designing and airing of public service message on 2 leading radio channels as part of an emergency response campaign targeting 4,400,000 people from the south Punjab, ICT and KPK.

 

Stronger Evidence Base and Database Development

Maintaining effective and holistic management of survivor database; development of new database software, collecting and compiling information in database software.

 

Monitoring and Evaluation

Collecting and gathering of baseline and target data; ongoing Monitoring & Evaluation of project for learning, improving and sharing of good practices.