for voting Tabitha and EDJA for the
2018 Waislitz Global Citizen Award!
The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards, are annual cash prizes totaling $200,000. The grand prize is $100,000 with two semi-finalist prizes at $50,000 each. The awards are presented by Alex Waislitz and Global Citizen and recognize the excellence of individuals in their work to end extreme poverty.
In 2015, I traveled to Uganda to visit my husband’s home and site of his organization called Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project. Upon arrival, I learned that a thirty five year old man had raped a nine-year-old girl that weekend. The adults around her knew of the incident and did nothing about it. She was in school the following Monday as if nothing had ever occurred. I later learned that a five-year-old girl in the village was raped by her grandfather leaving her HIV positive. Another fourteen-year-old girl in a neighboring village has been repeatedly raped by her father since she was four years old. She still resides with him today despite efforts to seek help and safety ...
Combatting Child abuse, Sexual Assault & Domestic violence in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Edja Foundation envisions a society where every woman and child is safe and protected from abuse.
Establish coalitions of advocates for victors and enforce prevention measures providing medical, legal, counseling and outreach services.
In Uganda, an area of economic poverty, survivors of sexual assault are more at risk of STDs, pregnancy, and HIV/AIDS of which preventative treatment costs are the equivalent of $5.00. Your contributions ensure that each survivor receives a rape exam and the subsequent treatments needed.
Victims pay the police to transport the perpetrators. Due to police corruption, most perpetrators bribe persons of various establishments to get out of jail. Your donations large or small make a difference by bridging the gap of accountability through supporting a vetted legal advocate to ensure that justice is served.
One survivor of rape attempted suicide twice due to the trauma and stigma that’s associated with it. Your donations ensure recovery through professional in-home counseling for a private outlet, while equipping survivors with resources to cope and hope to overcome.
Survivors are often shunned, shamed and taunted by some in the community who infer that the survivor wanted the abuse. Your donations educate the community about female rights and the consequences of assault through radio broadcast, workshops and local gatherings.