Deepmala has lost her vision and her face is severely disfigured after she was attacked with acid by her husband. She needs help for her treatment and specialised care. The money raised from this campaign will be used to fund Deepmala's treatment at a specialised hospital. A part of the funds will also be given to Deepmala's family.
Who we are and how we help
Make Love Not Scars (https://www.facebook.com/makeluvnotscars?ref=hl)is a unique youth initiative to rehabilitate survivors of acid attacks and other forms of gender-based violence and discrimination and facilitate their integration with society. We are a group of energetic, passionate and committed youth who are keen to make a positive impact on our society through meaningful groundwork.
Leveraging social media for our first campaign, we created a Facebook page for acid attack survivor Rekha (https://www.facebook.com/rekha.acidattacksurvivor?ref=hl), which helped in raising close to USD 1,500 for Rekha. We donated the funds to a reputed private hospital in Bangalore, where Rekha is presently undergoing treatment. Later, we raised around USD 3,500 for Rekha through Indiegogo, and these funds are also being used for her treatment. Our campaign has also helped acid attack survivor Monica achieve her dream going to Parsons School for Design in New York, USA to study fashion designing.
Through our website (http://makelovenotscars.org/), we plan to showcase survivors of gender-based violence from across India and even other countries through video-blogs, stories, short films and artwork. The website will be the face of our activities on the ground, which will include support for their treatment (including plastic surgery), support for justice through the judicial system and rehabilitation through employability training.
Reshma's campaign is the second (after Rekha's) in the series of immediate response campaigns that we will be doing for treatment and plastic surgery of survivors of acid attacks and other forms of gender violence. All our campaigns are transparently managed, regularly updating contributors about the total amount collected and details of expenses made.