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Swimming Elephanta to Gateway to help Acid Attack Survivors

I'm a long distance swimmer and I am taking my first step in channel swimming by swimming a small channel. I will be swimming from Elephanta Island to Gateway of India. The channel is approximately 12km wide and I will be covering the distance by swimming freestyle starting at 7:30 am IST on 22nd January. Though this event, I want to raise money for MakeLuvNotScars an NGO working to help acid attack victims. 

Acid Attack is one of the most horrible crimes out there and women are the predominant victims. Most victims are disfigured permanently and even loose their eyesight after the attack. They are too traumatized to continue with their lives and it's hard for them to recover from such an experience. They rarely get justice due to faulty justice and it's hard for them to lead normal lives even after they heal because society won't accept them easily. We cannot change the past or grant them justice but we can do our bit to make them smile.

Team MakeLuvNotScars is working on a rehabilitation center to help the victims heal and move on with their lives. Let's do our bit to help them and make this world a better place. Please contribute to this campaign, any small amount will do :)

About Team MLNS:
Make Love Not Scars (MLNS) is a nongovernment organization dedicated to support acid attack victims regain their life on their own terms through recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration.

About Me:
I'm Vikram ... a simple guy. I hack, swim, read and write. I like to build stuff and hope to be a scientist someday. I often help people and would love to be a philanthropist like my idol Sudha Murty someday.  Previously, I worked with SoulFree to raise 1.5L for differently abled. 

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5th December 2017
Dear supporters,

We are using a part of the funds towards expenses related to an acid attack survivor Renu's upcoming treatment. As she is blind, her family wants to consult a few doctors around India which include Chennai and Dehradun. She is also facing issues with her menstrual cycle that is causing her discomfort. The funds will also be utilised for her medication.

As we do not require the funds for our center at the moment, we are choosing to allocate them to a survivor who is in need of treatment for a few things. Our centre works to rehabilitate the survivors and we would like to allocate the funds for Renu. The funds will really help her in this time of need. In due time as the funds are utilized, we will provide receipts for the same as we receive them from the survivor. You can read more about her story below

Born on the 21st of May 1986, Renu belongs to a lower middle-class family from the outskirts of Delhi. Losing her mother at the age of 13, led Renu to drop out of school and become in charge of the household work, as well as look after younger brother and sister. Their source of income came solely from the minimum wage the father earned and from the tenant living in their house.

The tenant living in their house became the family’s worst nightmare in a matter of seconds. After a few months of not receiving the rent, Renu’s father gave him an ultimatum, which the occupant portrayed to accept. On the 15th of February 2006,  the frustration of not receiving the payment led to the father asking the tenant to vacate his room, to which he agreed with no hesitation leaving the family to believe the matter had been resolved.
While Renu was washing the Bulls, the ex-tenant stood silently behind her with a mug in his hand to which she thought he wanted water as the motor was running. After asking him repeatedly if he wanted water, she received no response, finally, when she turned around towards him he threw acid on her.

This act of violence led the 20-year-old to be blinded in both eyes, deaf from one ear and left most of her body disfigured.

Make Love Not Scars
21st May 2017
Dear Supporters,

We are placing an order for equipment for the rehab centre. Thank you for your generous support.
13th February 2017
Thank You for your support and contribution. I am very grateful that we were able to make such a large contribution 2Lakhs (~$3000) in the end. I managed to swim the distance of 14Km in 4.5hours. It was a little tough swim because it was my first time swimming a channel. I will use this experience to improve and hopefully will be better prepared next time.

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Supporters (60)

Anonymous donated US $100
over 1 year ago
Aditya donated Rs.500
over 1 year ago
G donated US $15.15
over 1 year ago

best wishes

ankur donated US $100
over 1 year ago

Little late.....hoping you can still use the money for this great cause

Nandita donated US $25
over 1 year ago
Ranjitha donated US $50
over 1 year ago

Thank you for providing a channel for us to help those in need.