An Evening to Benefit CERESAV
On August 25th we are hosting a fundraiser in Santa Fe, NM for the Ugandan non-profit, CERESAV, the Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and Burn Violence.
We are thrilled to announce, Hanifa Nakiryowa, founder of CERESAV and acid attack survivor will be the special guest of honor. Our goal for the evening is to raise a minimum of $6,000 to cover six months of medical expenses for three women currently in the hospital. Learn more below & if you are not able to attend, please contact us to support this essential, life-saving work.
If you live in Santa Fe (or even if you don't) and would like to attend, contact us!
About Hanifa Nakiryowa
Hanifa is an extraordinary woman who has overcome unthinkable circumstances to not only thrive but to use her personal experience as a voice for all women.
In addition to several international awards, on June 27, 2018, she received the 'Imagine' award from Halle Berry and the Jenesse Center in Los Angeles for her remarkable accomplishments against overwhelming odds.
Arriving in the U.S. in 2015, Hanifa recently completed a Master's in International Development & Human Securities Studies and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her two daughters. She works at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation as their Global Health Associate. You can follow Hanifa on Facebook and Instagram: @hanifa.nakiryowa
CERESAV is a Ugandan non-profit working to raise awareness around acid violence, advocate for inclusion and minority rights, and promote socioeconomic sustainability among burn violence survivors in Uganda. They also provide direct services to survivors in the hospital through their support of medical expenses. Currently, the Executive Director, Justine Mpagi (pictured), works on a volunteer basis with all financial support going directly to survivors and the direct care of a baby whose mother succumbed to her injuries last year. Learn more HERE. (Please note, the country of Uganda recently imposed a 'social media' tax that is greatly impacting websites hosted in Uganda. If the CERESAV site does not load, this is likely the reason).
Lucy & Jo and CERESAV
Lucy first met Justine during her 2017 sourcing trip to Uganda. We began selling baskets woven by survivors and donating the profits back to the organization. Lucy then met Hanifa in May 2017 and the connection was instant. Hanifa's strength & joy was an inspiration and we knew then a commitment to CERESAV was just the beginning.
Led by Jo and an amazing group of volunteers in Santa Fe, we are hosting the fundraiser on August 25th with the goal of raising at least $6,000 - enough to cover six months of costs for 3 women in their care. If you would like to attend, please contact us.