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The Stop Acid Attacks campaign was flagged on 8th March 2013 which is also celebrated as International Women’s Day to stand for acid attacks survivors and against acid attacks in India. Our then concept was to work as a bridge between survivors and the society, as most of the victims of this brutal crime, which is much more grave in its impact than a rape, have isolated themselves after losing their face. Due to ignorance of the government and civil society, most survivors find no hope and stay like an outcast, in solitude. SAA aims to research and track acid attack cases and compile a data to get the actual situation of survivors. Eventually it led to the establishment of Chhanv Foundation on 2nd September 2014 as a registered treaty.
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Take A Faceless Selfie. Donate A Face To An Acid Attack Survivor.
An innovative campaign had been launched to raise funds for acid attack survivors by Stop Acid Attacks in association with Cheil India. The campaign was launched on April 10, 2015 at 12noon.
It was launched actively on various social media platforms. People can simply change their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram profile picture with written on a sheet of paper covering the face. It was important that people share the post with a hashtag “#donateaface” so that more and more people get to know about it.
An acid attack survivor gets Rs.3 lakhs as compensation from the government. The amount is far too less for a survivor to undergo corrective surgeries. At least 6-8 surgeries are required for a person to restore the face back to a reasonable level of function and aesthetic appeal. But the cost of even a single surgery is too expensive for many families in India. The government compensation is essentially of no real help. Presently we have come across only 5 people who have received government help. And at least 3 people are attacked with Acid in India every week. Hence donateaface.org was setup with the online campaign involved to raise the required fund directly benefitting the acid attack survivors in our SAA team.
The acid attack survivors who became calendar girls The exclusive table calendar called Bello (Italian for beautiful) runs from March 2015 to February 2016 and portrays each survivor posing in the profession she hopes to be in one day.
You don't see too many burns on the faces of calendar models, but that's exactly why the women featured in "Bello" are smiling big for the camera. The calendar -- featuring women who survived acid attacks -- was created as part of the Stop Acid Attacks campaign by the Chhanv Foundation in India, Quartz reported. Funds raised from the sales are expected to help the rehabilitation of Indian survivors of the crime. "In a society as insensitive as ours, it doesn't take much for the acid attack victims to lose their self-confidence," the calendar's website states, noting the calendar was launched in recognition of International Women's Day on March 8. "Apathy of the attackers give birth to the acid attack. The apathy of relatives, 'friends' and neighbors generates burns everyday. The calendar shoot aids the society to broaden the interpretation of beauty." Models featured in the calendar also help run a cafe in Agra, India, called Sheroes’ Hangout. The calendar is part of the Stop Acid Attacks campaign by the Chhanv Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to rehabilitation of acid attack survivors in India. The victims, mostly women, also run Sheroes’ Hangout, a cafe chain in Agra, Lucknow and Udaipur.
Chhanv also runs a Reach-Out desk that is managed by acid attack survivors and team of Stop Acid Attacks in Noida, Lucknow and Agra. Stop Acid Attacks has now begun the process to create a database of acid attack survivors in the country. It is the India’s first reach-out mission where we aim to document at least 300 acid attack survivors in seven major states where these attacks are on rise. Registration has already started