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Acid Attack Disabled Single Mother Seeks Facial Reconstruction Assistance

by Hanifa Nakiryowa
(Kampala, Uganda, Africa)

Before and After the Acid Attack

Before and After the Acid Attack

I am a Ugandan single mother aged 30 years.

I am fairly educated with a Bachelor's Degree of Science with Education (Economics and Mathematics) from Makerere University Kampala.

I also have a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi.


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I have been married for seven years, but I am now raising my children as a single mother. I have got two daughters; one is six years and the other is two and a half years.

Disability Issues

I have a scarred face with a disfigured nose and a damaged eye as a result of an acid attack.

This happened nine months ago when the father of my children called me to the place I was attacked from.

The scars keep getting tighter, which gives me breathing difficulties.

Financial Hardship

I come from a poor family. I have no form of support from the father of my children.

I currently have no home. I simply rely on relatives for shelter.

My nature of work at my workplace involves a lot of movements which I can no longer do with ease and this has affected my earnings.

The medication that I require is very expensive for me to afford consistently.

Earning Efforts

Before this disability, I worked with a Muslim faith-based organization (Uganda Muslim Supreme Council) as a monitoring and evaluation officer on a full-time basis.

It was in partnership with UNICEF on a project program of "keeping mothers and children alive, safe and learning."

I also worked as a part-time lecturer at the Islamic university in Uganda, in the department of economics at the undergraduate level to supplement my income.

Specific Needs

I need a grant to assist me with facial reconstructive surgeries as well as a corneal graft for the right eye, which have to be done abroad.

I would also need a grant to construct a humble home for me and my children.

For sustainability, I need a grant of US$45,000. With this money, I would operate a public service vehicle/taxi business (mini bus).

One mini bus would cost about US$15,000. I would need three of them to make an average living.

The operator would remit US$125 per week for each mini bus into my account, which is a monthly income of US$500 per mini bus, giving a total monthly income of US$1500.

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