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					ANNUAL REVIEW
    2007
A n n u a l R ev ie w 2 0 0 7




                  “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high”

                                         Rabindranath Tabore (Bengali poet)




                                                     Contents

       ASTI: Positive Prevention, Rebuilding Lives                                   4
       Chairman’s Report                                                             5


       A      Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI)                              6
              •        Achievements and Highlights in 2007                           6
              •        ASTI’s activities planned for 2008                            8
              •        Fundraising priorities 2008                                   9
              •        The ASTI Team                                                 10


       B      The Acid Survivors Foundations (ASFs)                                  12
              •        ASF in Bangladesh                                             12
              •        Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity                              14
              •        ASF Pakistan                                                  16
              •        ASF Uganda                                                    18


       C      Financial Report                                                       20
              •        Treasurer’s Report                                            20
              •        Financial Statements 2007                                     21


       Editorial information                                                         24
       Donation Form                                                                 25
       Contact information                                                           27




                                      — Survivors’ stories: pages 12, 15, 16, 19 —
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                                                    Acid Violence
      ———————————————————————————————————————————

      Acid violence is a form of premeditated violence, usually against women, involving throwing corro-
                                      sive acid at the face of the victim.
                            Acid violence rarely kills but always destroys lives, often young lives.
       Survivors of an acid attack, even if they are able to get good and early treatment, will for the rest
        of their lives have a scarred and often disfigured face. All too often they then have to cope with
       social isolation and ostracism which further undermines their self-esteem and confidence. So the
                             trauma is not only physical but psychological and social.
      ———————————————————————————————————————————


                                ASTI: Positive Prevention, Rebuilding Lives

      Acid Survivors Trust International is a charity based in the UK that supports organisations working
      in countries where there is a problem of acid violence.

      We work with those organisations to:
      •     ensure survivors of acid burns have the best available medical treatment
      •     offer legal support and advice to survivors of non accidental burns and their families
      •     assist in the rehabilitation, education and training of survivors
      •     reduce and eventually eliminate acid attacks while highlighting the broader issue of domestic
            violence

      ASTI also recruits teams of volunteer plastic surgeons, nurses and physiotherapists to not only
      treat the survivors but help to train local staff to be able to deal with acid attacks.

                                                      ASTI’s aims are to act as an international network for na-
                                                      tional groups which provide support to survivors and are
                                                      working to outlaw and eventually eliminate this grave
                                                      abuse of human rights and to create an international net-
                                                      work of medical professionals offering assistance to na-
                                                      tional groups by strengthening indigenous capacity for
                                                      treating acid burns.

                                             ASTI is the only organisation in the world dedicated to
                                             addressing the crime of acid violence, in an international
                                             context, and demand for its services is growing by leaps
      and bounds. From modest beginnings of setting up an Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) in Bang-
      ladesh, ASTI is now already working with three further Acid Survivors Foundations in Cambodia,
      Uganda and Pakistan.
A n n u a l R ev ie w 2 0 0 7                                                                              Page 5




      Chairman’s Report

      Welcome
      ASTI looks back over a year which has seen the greatest
      development since its formation – allowing us to significantly
      increase the support we can give to acid survivors.

      This development has been made possible by the support
      we have received from individuals and Foundations. In par-
      ticular, the Joffe Charitable Trust awarded ASTI a significant
      grant over three years which has enabled ASTI to recruit
      two part-time members of staff – Rick Trask as Director and
      Julika Niehaus as Coordinator.

      The ‘team’ has been instrumental in allowing us to fully es-
      tablish our administrative base in London. Not only have
      they developed effective management and financial systems
      but also responded effectively to requests for assistance
      from the in-country Acid Survivors Foundations.

      While all the ASFs continue with their first-class work of supporting the acid survivors, I would like
      to mention the Acid Survivors Foundation in Pakistan (ASF-P). In its first year of operation ASF-P
      has made an excellent start in helping acid survivors in Pakistan. The progress has been remark-
      able given the difficult political situation in the country during the year.

      Of course much of our work would not be possible without our volunteers and partners. I would
      like to pay tribute to all those who have helped ASTI during the year. This includes the doctors,
      therapists and office support who have contributed their time and skills for free.

      I would also like to welcome Moira Pool to the Board of Trustees. She brings with her a wealth of
      experience in helping NGOs in Asia and Africa to develop their organisational capacity.

      ASTI is now in a far better position to respond to requests for help from the Acid Survivors Foun-
      dations in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Uganda and Pakistan. And importantly we can now go forward
      and respond to requests for help to develop organisations in India and Nepal. The tragedy is that
      as ASTI becomes more effective and better known, the requests from other countries to help acid
      survivors increases.

      Acid violence is still a hidden form of violence in many developing countries of the World. ASTI’s
      task is to help not only to support the organisations helping the survivors but also to work to elimi-
      nate this terrible act of violence.

      Dr. John Morrison, OBE
      Chairman ASTI
A n n u a l R ev ie w 2 0 0 7                                                                              Page 6




      A                  Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI)
      ———————————————————————————————————————————



      Achievements and Highlights in 2007
      During 2007 our particular focus has been on:
         •     Survivors and the Acid Survivors Foundations (ASFs)
         •     Setting up new ASFs in India and Nepal
         •     Developing a network of expert partners
         •     Fully establishing ASTI’s administrative base in the UK



      Survivors and the ASFs
      Some examples of the ongoing work we do with the survivors and ASFs:

      •        Supporting the treatment of a small boy in Bangladesh who suffered massive damage when
               forced to swallow acid. In particular we were able to secure a series of operations in Hong
               Kong where they began the process of reconstructing his mouth and ability to swallow. Our
               support included funding and free airfare for the child and his parents to Hong Kong.

      •        Continuing to support the ASF in Bangladesh in a number of other ways. In particular, one
               of our Trustees (plastic surgeon) makes an annual trip to Bangladesh to carry out opera-
               tions and treatments while passing his knowledge and expertise to the local medical teams.
               In 2007 he was supported by a burns therapist who was able to introduce new and practical
               procedures.

      •        Recruiting a project manager in the UK for the ASF in Cambodia (CASC). This included
               funding her airfare to Cambodia, her visas and vaccinations.

      •        Continuing to successfully support the start up of the new Acid Survivors Foundation in
               Pakistan. This included: sharing the experiences and learnings from the other ASFs, the
               development of reporting processes and financial management, ongoing liaison with the
               primary funder in Europe and so on.

      •        Continuing to help ASF-Uganda with fund applications – particularly in the UK where we
               have achieved some success (e.g. we were fortunate to receive funding from Womankind).



      Setting up new ASFs in India and Nepal
      ASTI’s Trustee Paul Pettigrew visited India and Nepal from November to December 2007.
      Throughout his visit, further evidence was collected that there is a huge problem of burn violence
      in both countries. During the visit, the process of setting up new ASFs in India and Nepal was
      successfully started.
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      In order for the new ASFs to benefit from previous experience of other ASFs, Asha Chaudhry and
      Pramada Shah, representatives of the future ASFs in India and Nepal respectively, have been
      invited to spend an ASTI-funded training visit at the ASF in Bangladesh. The visit will allow them
      to draw widely from the experience of ASF-B and help them in proceeding with the establishment
      of the new ASFs in India and Nepal. In 2008, ASTI will consequently focus on providing assis-
      tance to setting up these new ASFs. This process will start off with funding research to clearly
      outline the extent of the problem and where our efforts should be focused.


      Developing a network of expert partners
      Throughout the past year, we have made great strides in developing our network of expert part-
      ners. Perhaps the most significant has been our initial contact with an organisation called Inter-
      burns. They bring together extremely high standards of clinical care and excellent outcomes with
      a solid research foundation from the Welsh Centre for Burns. These are combined with the rich
      clinical experience and huge case load of the new Burns Centre at the Dow University in Karachi,
      and extensive knowledge and experience at the Choithram Hospital Burns Centre in Indore.

      Interburns has pioneered an Essential Burn Care course that is specifically aimed at the needs
      and logistics of frontline non-burn specialists and healthcare workers who see and treat most
      burns, especially minor and moderate burns.



      Fully establishing the administrative base in the UK
      A part time management team has been recruited and is now in place. We believe they are al-
      ready having a positive, significant impact. Some of the achievements are:

      Administration - New financial systems have been put into place such as: an income & expendi-
      ture management process, management reports and a new SORP process. We have begun to
      develop our ability to raise public awareness through the development of a newsletter, a new
      website and working with journalists. We have also:
      •     Outlined and clarified our purpose, aims and objectives so that they are relevant and can be
            tied into our planning process.
      •     Put in place new donor database processes. This includes new software called Salesforce.
      •     Set up a new email system and data backup processes. This provides the Charity with more
            robust and flexible communication and information systems.

      Engaging Trustees -The Trustees have been actively involved in identifying and contacting po-
      tential patrons/major donors, helping with draft funding applications.

      Fund Raising - ASTI has not spent significant amounts of money on fund raising activities in
      2007. However, we have had success with some of the applications we have made. In particular,
      a key achievement has been the extremely generous support from the Joffe Charitable Trust
      which made a grant of £120,000 payable over three years. This will cover, in particular, the cost
      of the part time management team enabling the Charity to take the vital next steps in its develop-
      ment. It is hard to overestimate just how important this support has been.

      We, of course, have received other donations ranging from private individuals (£10 to £100) to
      other Trusts (£1,000 to £5,000) that are absolutely essential to our charitable activities. We are
      very grateful for these contributions and we continue to work hard to develop ongoing sources of
      support.
A n n u a l R ev ie w 2 0 0 7                                                                                Page 8




      ASTI’s activities planned for 2008
      ASTI has developed a three year plan that incorporates our aims and objectives. It covers four
      main areas: supporting survivors and partner ASFs; developing and maintaining a network of
      expertise; raising awareness; and, developing and sustaining ASTI's work. These provide the
      framework within which detailed projects and initiatives are outlined:



      Supporting survivors and partner ASFs
      •    Continue to support the establishment of new Acid Survivors Foundations (ASFs) in Nepal
           and India. We are now implementing a project plan and have begun the process of finding
           further funding for the work.
      •    Continue to enhance ASTI's financial, medical and administrative support to the ASFs.
      •    Send expert burns treatment teams' to support and train local staff. We have budgeted to
           send an expert team to each ASF this year to carry out operations and train staff in burns
           rehabilitation. We would like to increase the number of visits and the kinds of expertise made
           available to the ASFs.
      •    Share best practices, concerns and ideas between ASTI and the ASFs.



      Developing and maintaining a network of expertise
      •     Continue to develop a network of leading organisations and individuals who can offer spe-
            cialist expertise on a volunteer basis for burns associated with acid violence.
      •     Maintain sustainable relationships with the key individuals and organisations. This will in-
            clude: Interburns, BAPRAS, Changing Faces and other experts in burns and domestic vio-
            lence.



      Raising awareness
      •     Create a 'Information and Research Centre' that supports research, and provides informa-
            tion, into acid violence. This enhances our ability to address the physical, psychological and
            social challenges faced by acid survivors.
      •     Develop public awareness of the physical, psychological and social challenges faced by sur-
            vivors. The intention is to mobilise public opinion to prevent acid violence and support the
            survivors.
      •     Increase public awareness of the work ASTI and the ASFs are doing for the survivors.



      Developing and sustaining ASTI's work
      •     Fully establish the administration base for a successful, effective and sustainable organisa-
            tion that is completely focused on enhancing the lives of acid survivors and helping to pre-
            vent, and see the end of, acid violence throughout the world.
      •     This includes developing sustainable sources of funding and support. It also means continu-
            ing to put in place the processes and systems suggested in the SORP guidelines.
A n n u a l R ev ie w 2 0 0 7                                                                                Page 9




      Fundraising priorities 2008
      1. Additional funding to maintain the 'status quo'
      We require this funding to supplement funds already received so that we can continue to provide
      services at last year's levels.



      2. Start up a 'Information and Research Centre'
      This centre will be responsible for two main areas:
      • Consolidating the information currently available on acid violence and making it readily avail-
         able. This will support public awareness of acid violence world wide and the work that is being
         done to address it.
      • Working together with our expert partners to record and carry out focused research into spe-
         cific areas of medical treatments, rehabilitation and social impact for survivors.
      • Initially, the funding required will pay for a part time researcher and any software and data ac-
         cess required.



      3. Increase the number of visits our expert partners make to the ASFs
      While ASTI develops and grows, we must not lose sight of our existing work. We need to gener-
      ate additional funding to increase the number of volunteers, with specific expertise, that we send
      to the ASFs – treating the survivors directly while at the same time sharing their latest skills and
      knowledge.



      4. Hold an ASF conference every two years
      We believe that there is a fantastic opportunity to enhance the knowledge and expertise of the
      ASF staff by sharing experiences between the different Foundations. While ASTI facilitates this
      on an ongoing basis, meeting 'face-to-face' with peers and experts in relevant workshops is a
      richer, more rewarding experience. We need to raise funds to bring key ASF staff and experts to-
      gether for a 3-5 day conference.



      5. Set up ASFs in Nepal, India and other countries
      In order to support survivors of burns related to domestic violence, it is essential to set up local
      Foundations – usually as a partnership with existing organisations in each country. We are cur-
      rently in Phase 1 of this process for both Nepal and India, and require funding to take it into the
      pilot phase.



      6. Move into a larger office
      We hope to bring volunteers into the office and this will put pressure on our two person room. A
      larger office will improve the working environment, allow more people to work together, and help
      us to be more effective. We need help with additional funding to afford a larger space, or the op-
      portunity to share an office.
A n n u a l R ev ie w 2 0 0 7                                                                           Page 10




      The ASTI Team

      •        Trustees
      •        Part-time office staff
      •        Volunteers and supporters
      •        Donors (Organisations, Trusts and Individuals)
      •        The ASFs abroad



      Trustees
      •        Dr. John Morrison OBE, founding director of Bangladesh Acid Survivors Foundation, is
               our current Chair.
      •        Dr. Kate Young (Vice-Chair) founding director of Womankind Worldwide and current chair of
                Widows Rights International has a distinguished career in development studies, in social
                welfare and rights issues in the developing world.
      •        Mr. Ron Hiles OBE, MBChB, FRCSEd, FRCS (retired consultant plastic and reconstructive
               surgeon) has been visiting Bangladesh for over 20 years, operating on acid survivors
               and providing training to Bangladeshi plastic surgeons.
      •        Col. Paul Pettigrew, former regional director of British Executive Service Overseas, has
                wide experience of charitable work and of recruiting and training volunteers.
      •        Professor Richard Taylor of the University of Cambridge has contributed to the development
               of community education in both the developed and developing world.
      •        Mr James Partridge OBE, DSc (Hon), FDSRCSEd (Hon) is founder and Chief Executive of
               Changing Faces, the leading UK charity supporting and representing people with
               disfigurements.
      •        Mrs Fawzia Samad has worked with the Asian Family Counselling Service as well as with
                the Foreign and Commonwealth office where she helped British nationals who were taken
                overseas to be forced into a marriage.
      •        Mrs Moira Pool is an experienced consultant with a track record in Sales, IT, Fundraising
                and project management and has worked widely in the public, private and voluntary sec-
                tors.



      Part-time office staff
      •        Rick Trask, Director, has a background in business – particularly in management, marketing
               and customer relations, and team and process development.
      •        Julika Niehaus, Coordinator, has recently graduated with a Masters degree from the School
               of Oriental and African Studies and has previous experience in working in the international
               development sector.
A n n u a l R ev ie w 2 0 0 7                                                                          Page 11




      Volunteers and supporters
      Apart from the work done by the Trustees and staff, ASTI’s work hinges very much on the fantas-
      tic support received by the numerous volunteers and supporters. Whether organising fundraising
      events, holding medical workshops at the ASFs abroad or offering administrative skills to support
      the office, ASTI’s volunteers and supporters contribute enormously to reach ASTI’s work in ad-
      dressing the crime of acid violence.

      Many thanks especially to:
      The Interburns team, Fiona Procter, Dr. Cook, Joanna Dowey, Surekha Aggarwal, Mary
      Stephens, Angela Kiire, Tasleema Alam, the team of Getty Images, Jacqui Paterson and Bruce
      Richard and colleagues


      Donors - Organisations and Trusts
      Joffe Charitable Trust, Leach No. 14 Trust, Dischma Charitable Trust, Medicor Foundation, The
      National Assembly of Women, ShareGift, Trickledown


      Donors - Individuals
      Anon, A. and N. Ashbee, P.E. Ashbee, P. Badcock, T. Blest, J. Boardman, I. Brooks, C. Campa-
      nile, J. Clayton, D.J. and A.V. Clements, M. Cook, C. Dawson, J. Dowey, G.C. Gillham, T. Harris,
      J.A. Howard, J. Langhurst, E. Matschke, K. McGrahan, G.D. McMullan, V. Monaghan, M.
      Neaves, J. Ozanne, C. Payne, S. Payne, A.V. Ranson, S. Rees, B. Rous, Mrs. Russell, C. and J.
      Spinks, M. Stephens, J. Taylor, L.M. Ware, N. While, R. Woodhead, S. Woodhead, M. Wood-
      ruffe, R.C. and D.A. Whitworth, Wood and Richardson and many anonymous donors

      We would like to thank all of our donors very much for their fantastic support to ASTI and the
      ASFs. We have made every effort to ensure accuracy in our donor list of 2007. We apologize for
      any errors or omissions. Please bring them to our attention so we can correct our records.


      Partners
      ASTI would also like to thank its partners and their fantastic support in 2007:
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      B                 The Acid Survivors Foundations (ASFs)
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                        Acid Survivors Foundation in Bangladesh

      Achievements
      From humble beginnings in 1999, the Acid Survivors Foundation in Bangladesh now serves as
      the model to which all other Acid Survivors Foundations aspire to.

      Throughout their now eight year long journey, the ASF in Bangladesh has gathered massive ex-
      perience in addressing causes and mitigating effects of acid violence. Moreover, mobilizing all
      segments of society to curb the crime and helping survivors to have a dignified and respectful life
      has been at the core of the organisation’s work over the past 8 years. The ASF in Bangladesh is
      committed to proceed further with these activities and challenges in order to work out the root
      causes of acid violence.

      In 2007, the ASF in Bangladesh provided services to 62% of all acid survivors in Bangladesh as
      opposed to 48% in 2006. In total, 670 patients were treated in 2007. This includes:

      •        Medical treatments — Burn management, plastic and reconstructive surgery, physiotherapy
               and pressure garment provision
      •        Psychological services — Counselling, psychotherapy, recreational activities, music and art
               therapy and psychiatric care
      •        Rehabilitation services — Educational support, family assistance, job placements, on-the-
               job trainings and skill-development trainings
      •        Legal services — Legal advice to survivors, lobby with public prosecutors for successful
               completion of cases, assistance to investigation officers, etc.



       Survivor Story Bangladesh
       Hasina

       On March 9th 2007, Hasina had her best evening in three years: the man
       who had thrown acid on her face, had been nabbed in Chittagong and
       handed over to the police. Hasina was a class 10 student when Amir, a
       day labourer who had been working for their family for more than a dec-
       ade, attacked her and subsequently fled in January 2004. “We had an
       argument as he was irritating me over a trifle matter. When he threw acid
       on my face late at night, my cousin and my younger brother too were in-
       jured.” The attack left Hasina’s entire face burnt and she had to take treat-
       ment for months. Receiving treatment, psychological counselling and job training, she spent the
       next two years at the ASF.
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                                          Acid attack trend (2000-2007)

                            600
                                                    490
                            500
                                                           411

                            400            349                           325
                   Number




                                                    367                         272
                            300                            335
                                  234                                                  221
                                                                                              187
                                             252                        266
                            200
                                                                               217
                                    174                                               180
                            100                                                              154


                              0
                                  2000    2001     2002   2003      2004       2005   2006   2007
                                                                 Year


                                                      Incident          Individuals

      In 2007, the ASF in Bangladesh was able to continue the positive trend of further reducing the
      number of acid attacks by the successful implementation of its advocacy strategies. While in
      2006, 221 individual attacks were registered, the number was down to 187 in 2007. The re-
      search of the ASF in Bangladesh shows that in approximately sixty percent (60%) of attacks,
      women continue to be the primary targets for acid attacks. The motivations for attacks are in
      most cases related to land, property or money disputes (ca. 50%), followed by marital disputes.


      Focus areas for 2008
      •        New complex: Establishment of a new complex for the ASF: a building where all acid vic-
               tims are provided with comprehensive services to rebuild their lives
      •        Networking: Strengthening of networks with other NGOs and media to mobilise all seg-
               ments of society to support acid survivors and to end acid violence
      •        Advocacy work: Advocacy work addressing the government to achieve better services
               from the Social Welfare Department to support the survivors’ rehabilitation
      •        Capacity building: Building capacity of Government Health Service Providers to achieve
               immediate management of burn cases
      •        Law enforcement and monitoring: Close work with the Police to monitor the effective-
               ness of acid laws including the monitoring of illegal use of acid


      Contact
      ASF
      House: 12, Road: 22, Block: k, Banani Model Town
      Dhaka-1213, Bangladesh
      Tel.: +88(0) 9891314
      Email: asf@acidsurvivors.org

      For further information please visit www.acidsurvivors.org
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                                Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity

      Achievements
      2007 saw the further establishment of the Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity (CASC) as the prin-
      cipal organisation in Cambodia dedicated to working with acid burn survivors; both those with re-
      cent burns and less recent ones. It provided a haven for survivors where they could recover in
      peace and quiet, as well as receive the care they needed. In addition, monthly support group
      meetings gave survivors the opportunity to socialize with one another and share their experi-
      ences. A number of income generating social reintegration projects were also established and
      CASC welcomed foreign volunteers who helped with various aspects of CASC's services.

      The actual numbers of acid attacks and victims are unknown. It has been estimated that there
      might be as many as 100 acid attacks per year in Cambodia, as many of them occur in less popu-
      lated areas such as rubber plantations. This year, 20 new survivors from Kompong Cham were
      referred to CASC, with tales of more victims who have not yet appeared. Most survivors tend to
      come from poorer households and have very limited education, and so their resources mandate
      treatment (if any) in Cambodia, but it is known that some richer victims who can afford treatment
      abroad, often travel to Vietnam as quickly as possible.

      Fourteen incidents of acid attacks were brought to CASC's attention through the daily screening
      of newspapers and media in 2007, as well as through referrals and survivors contacting CASC
      themselves. From this number, 10 new victims were treated. Sadly two of them died from the se-
      verity of their burns while under care. In addition, 40 survivors of old attacks came to consult with
      CASC and be treated. Thus in total, CASC treated 50 victims throughout the year who were new
      to them in addition to the 100 or so already in treatment.


      Patients admitted at CASC in 2007
     18

     16

     14

     12

     10
                                                                                                16
       8

       6
                                 1
              10
       4
                          6
                                 5
       2                               2
                                                                          1
                                                      2       2
                                       1                                  1         1     1     1
       0
              Jan        Feb    Mar   Apr   May      Jun      Jul     Aug     Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec


                                                  New Burns   Old Burns



      Order of the British Empire - Dr Jim Gollogly
      Dr Jim Gollogly, Director of the Board at CASC, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire
      (OBE) in the New Years Honours list of 2008. This award recognizes the 10 years of enormous
      personal commitment of Dr Gollogy’s to improving the medical and surgical capacity of Cambo-
      dia.
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       Survivor Story Cambodia
       Samphoas Sun

       Samphoas Sun, now a 25 year old mother of two, be-
       came a survivor of an acid attack at the age of 21. Mar-
       ried to a man who she assumed loyal and faithful, her
       assumption was proven wrong when her husband’s first
       wife’s son poured acid on her face and neck. Samphoas
       was blinded by the attack. Following the attack, Sam-
       phoas left the familiarity of her home in Kompong Cham
       for Phnom Penh to pursue the medical treatment and
       social support she needed, which she found at CASC.
       She is now in the process of being trained in crocheting
       so she can start earning an income through the “babs”
       project. By developing a skill and a means of income,
       Samphoas is on a path toward self sufficiency, a goal
       that CASC promotes for all of the survivors with whom
       they work.


      Rehabilitation project
      In addition to the already up and running rehabilitation projects of “Kanya massage” and “Fishing
      flies”, in 2007, CASC initiated a new income-generating project for the acid survivors of Cambo-
      dia called “babs” - “bags by acid burn survivors”. CASC trains survivors - some of them blinded
      by the attack - to crochet bags that are then retailed by CASC. As profits go directly to the survi-
      vors, the babs scheme provides them with an income and thus supports their reintegration into
      society.




      Contact
      Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity
      P.O. Box 569
      Phnom Penh, Cambodia
      Tel : + 855-23-998077
      Email: info@thecasc.org
      For further information on CASC go to: www.thecasc.org
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                                Acid Survivors Foundation Pakistan

      Achievements
      The Acid Survivors Foundation Pakistan (ASF-P) is a registered charitable organization, providing
      comprehensive services to meet the medical, surgical, psychological, legal, and rehabilitation
      needs of the acid attacked people in all regions of Pakistan. In Pakistan, acid throwing cases are
      numerous. However, a very small number are reported and treated as most of the victims are not
      in a position to report these cases to the authorities or other organizations. ASF-P believes that
      with determination and effective partnerships, this terrible crime of acid throwing can be eradi-
      cated. ASF-P also believes that the survivors of acid attacks can be helped towards a better life.




       Survivor Story Pakistan
       Shamim

       Shamim, a young widow living in a small village of district Muzzafar Garh with her three children,
       was punished for her modesty by an influential person of her own community. In late 1993, she
       was sleeping along her 8 months old daughter when Abdul Rahman and Rab Nawaz attacked
       her with acid. As a result of this attack, both Shamim and her daughter were badly burnt.
       Shamim was taken to the nearest hospital where only the first aid treatment was done.
       Shamim’s father fought a court case against the attackers, but when Shamim’s father died, there
       was no one to further pursue the case, following the criminals were both granted bail and were
       freed from jail. Due to social pressure, Shamim had to get married to the same person who at-
       tacked her. The accused married her on the condition that Shamim would withdraw the case
       against him. She did the same but the accused did not take any responsibility. Despite wed lock,
       Shamim still worked in the fields to feed her four children and herself.
       In January 2007, a field coordinator from ASF Pakistan approached Shamim and offered her
       medical treatment, as she never had any surgery before. Shamim was brought to the nursing
       care centre of ASF-P on 5th February, 2007 where free surgeries of her neck and eyelids were
       performed. Medical follow-ups and psychological treatment were provided. As a result, Shamim
       is now able to handle her household affairs very adequately and also earns enough income to
       provide for her four children by rearing the livestock and working in the fields. ASF-P also sup-
       ported her to renovate her broken house and installed a hand pump in her house.
A n n u a l R ev ie w 2 0 0 7                                                                                        Page 17




      Tabeeta, 7 years old, with her father, attending her   Nasseem 30 years old, with the children she is taking
      medical assessment before the surgery                  care of as a nanny, in Islamabad



      Established in 2006, with the implementation of treatment to patients beginning in 2007, ASF-P is
      to date the newest member of the ASF family. Having successfully treated 38 patients (well
      above the number planned) throughout the past year, ASF-P has made an excellent start into
      their work. ASTI would like to send congratulations to all ASF-P staff for this achievement!

      In 2007, the new Nursing and Support Unit opened. The unit provides free reconstructive/
      cosmetic surgery and associated procedures, nursing care, counselling and psychological/
      psychiatric clinic treatment. Of the 38 patients treated in the course of the year, 15 were women,
      15 children and 8 men. In 2007, ASF-P performed a total of 80 surgeries and associated proce-
      dures.

      A rehabilitation program focused on placing survivors in new jobs and providing assistance for
      self employment. Moreover, an art therapy program with French artist Aude Delattre as well as
      awareness and prevention campaigns with international exchanges, a documentary by American
      journalist Lori Hawkins and a photo exhibition with Paula Bronstein from Getty Images formed
      part of ASF-P’s activities in 2007. Also, Stephanie Sinclair from Corbins agency produced a
      photo documentary in September 2007 which was used to fundraise for Azra, an acid survivor.

      Further achievements of ASF-P in 2007 include the assistance to 33 legal cases, a psychothera-
      peutic and counselling training and surgeries performed with Medecins du Monde.

      For 2008, ASF-P aims to increase their medical capacity to treat 100 and the rehabilitation strat-
      egy to 10 patients. Further goals include the elaboration and establishment of research, monitor-
      ing and fundraising strategies and a focus on an effective advocacy strategy.



      Contact
      Acid Survivors Foundation Pakistan
      House #23, Street #5
      F-8/3, Islamabad, Pakistan
      Tel: + 92 51 221 40 52
      Email: office@acidsurvivorspakistan.org

      For further information visit www.acidsurvivorspakistan.org
A n n u a l R ev ie w 2 0 0 7                                                                              Page 18




                                 Acid Survivors Foundation Uganda

      Achievements
      Since its inception in 2003, the Acid Survivors Foundation Uganda (ASF- U) has continuously
      registered progress in supporting to rehabilitate and reintegrate survivors of acid violence within
      their communities. The organisation has been directly involved in improving access to medical
      services, counselling services, community sensitization programs that address attitude change,
      training of stakeholders, empowering survivors economically, providing legal aid and lobbying for
      a law controlling acid sale and distribution.

      During the year 2007, the number of registered cases rose from 230 to 275. Of these cases, 55%
      are females and 45% are males. However the numbers of attacks are believed to be much higher
      since many acid cases are not reported immediately. Currently, there is no legislation to ensure
      the safe storage, transportation and sale of acid in Uganda. Therefore, acid continues to be a
      cheap, easily available and devastating weapon used against human beings. Further, many vic-
      tims do not access justice due to weak laws, low awareness and limited access to justice institu-
      tions. Consequently, many acid perpetrators have not been punished for their crimes.


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      ASF-U throughout the year put emphasis on promoting its identity through publicity initiatives and
      lobbying for a law on restriction of acid sale and storage in a bid to curb acid violence. Other inter-
      ventions included increasing access to medical services, counselling of survivors, capacity build-
      ing for service providers and legal assistance. Research was carried out on the laws relating to
      importation, sale, storage and distribution of acid in Uganda and the results were disseminated to
      stakeholders. A lobby meeting was held with the legal and parliamentary affairs committee to dis-
      seminate the findings of the research while lobbying for a law on acid sale, distribution and stor-
      age. Furthermore, in 2007, there was an improvement in provision of medical services as a result
      of provision of free surgery services by two local hospitals.
A n n u a l R ev ie w 2 0 0 7                                                                                 Page 19




       Survivor Story Uganda
       Paddy
       Paddy was a career politician in his home town. One
       day he was relaxing in a bar when he was attacked
       with acid by someone who thought he was having an
       affair with his wife. After the attack, the attacker real-
       ized he had attacked the wrong man in a case of mis-
       taken identity. Paddy was rushed to hospital where
       he was to stay for the next year. His injuries were
       very serious and he cannot see. Paddy struggles fi-
       nancially, having no means of income at all. There is
       no social security in Uganda. He helps with ASF-U's
       training sessions where he speaks eloquently and passionately against acid attacks. Paddy's
       attacker was sentenced to life imprisonment.


      Focus areas for 2008
      The major challenge still remains getting to interest more donors to support the cause of acid vio-
      lence as the incidence is on the rise, as well as getting more partners to raise the voice in advo-
      cating for issues relating to acid violence. The main six areas of focus for ASF-U in 2008 will be:

      •        The Bill: Emphasis will be placed on research, drafting a bill and lobbying and advocating
               for a specific law on acid.
      •        Empowerment project: A strategy will be designed to guide implementation of the empow-
               erment project. This will be followed by selecting pilot beneficiaries who will be availed with
               loans and grants to implement income-generating activities.
      •        Pressure Garment Unit: The unit will start by designing a business plan detailing activities
               that will be undertaken. The unit will exploit the potential of diversifying products by conduct-
               ing further research. Two new products will be researched fully and taken on.
      •        Fundraising and Finance: The fundraising department will design a strategy to guide fund-
               raising activities. Emphasis will also be placed on creating cash reserves that promote fi-
               nancial sustainability.
      •        Networking with other organisations: ASF-U will concentrate on building new networks
               and consolidating existing partnerships to promote efficiency in program implementation.
      •        Strategic Review: The organization is coming to the end of its four-year strategic period.
               The staff and Board will evaluate the organization’s achievements, it’s current status and
               future goals .



      Contact
      In 2008, ASF-U moved to new offices. Their new physical address is as follows:
      Plot 1 Hancock Road, Ntinda, Kampala, Uganda

      Postal address:
      Acid Survivors Foundation Uganda, PO Box 2159, Kampala, Uganda
      Tel.: +256 (0)41 542 037
      Email: info@acidsurvivorsuganda.org

      For further information on ASF-U, please visit www.acidsurvivorsuganda.org
A n n u a l R ev ie w 2 0 0 7                                                                               Page 20




      C                 Financial report
      ———————————————————————————————————————————



      Treasurer’s Report
      2007 has seen a real step change in the way ASTI conducts its work – and that includes how we
      manage our finances. The enhancement of our administration base in London, and our decision
      to adopt the Charity Commission’s recommended methods for reporting to donors, has led to a
      much more rigorous financial management system. This includes improved methods for monitor-
      ing income/expenditures, and the presentation of fuller management accounts to the Trustees.

      The following two pages outline ASTI's financial results in 2007 as approved by the Trustees.
      Please contact the ASTI office if you would like a copy of the 2007 Annual Accounts.

      In brief, total donations and grants rose in 2007 to £114,651 from £63,629 in 2006. This is mainly
      due to the new unrestricted grant received from the Joffe Charitable Trust, and the ongoing re-
      stricted grant received from the Medicor Foundation for work in Pakistan. Some of these funds
      are being carried forward to cover very specific costs in 2008.

      The Trustees’ decision to increase ASTI's ability to support acid survivors by recruiting two new
      part-time members of staff increased our overall costs. However, with the increased income and
      ongoing tight control of all costs, there was a satisfactory surplus of incoming resources over re-
      sources expended of £51,022 (2006: £47,649).

      Looking at our fund-raising efforts, we are pleased to report that for relatively little outlay, we have
      had considerable success with some of the applications we have made. In particular, a key
      achievement has been the extremely generous support from the Joffe Charitable Trust which
      made a grant of £120,000 payable over three years. This is intended to enable ASTI to increase
      its capacity and take the vital next steps in its development by covering, in particular, the cost of
      the new management team. It is impossible to overestimate just how important this support has
      been.

      We are also delighted to have received many other donations from private individuals (£10 to
      £100) as well as other Trusts (£1,000 to £5,000) that are absolutely essential to our charitable
      activities. We are very grateful for every single donation and assure every donor that we will use
      their gifts very carefully to increase the number of acid survivors and ASFs we can assist.

      I would like to thank all those who have supported ASTI's work in 2007 and I very much hope that
      many more will be moved to do so in 2008 so that ASTI can improve the lives of many more acid
      survivors as well as helping to prevent, and ultimately see the end of, acid violence in the world.

      James Partridge OBE, DSc (Hon), FDSRCSEd (Hon)
      Honorary Treasurer
A n n u a l R ev ie w 2 0 0 7     Page 21




      Financial Statements 2007
A n n u a l R ev ie w 2 0 0 7                                                                           Page 22




      Statement of Financial Activities for the Year ended
      31st December 2007




      Note:      For a more detailed statement, including the associated notes, please contact ASTI .
                 Please see page 27 for our contact details.
A n n u a l R ev ie w 2 0 0 7                                                                           Page 23




      Balance sheet as at 31st December 2007




      Note:      For a more detailed statement, including the associated notes, please contact ASTI .
                 Please see page 27 for our contact details.
A n n u a l R ev ie w 2 0 0 7                                                                      Page 24




      Editorial information
      Coordinating and Editing:
      Julika Niehaus (Editor)
      Rick Trask

      Photographs:
      ASF in Bangladesh
      CASC
      ASF Pakistan
      ASF Uganda
      Getty Images

      Printing:
      Lamport Gilbert



      All the information within the reports of the ASFs has been provided by the organisations—many
      thanks from ASTI!



      Copyright reserved by ASTI. Information may be used for publication with due references.
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      Contact information

      ASTI
      164 Vauxhall Bridge Road
      London, SW1V 2RA
      Tel.: +44 (0) 207 821 1567
      E-mail: office@asti.org.uk
      Website: www.asti.org.uk
      UK Registered Charity: 1079290



      Acid Survivors Foundation in Bangladesh
      House: 12, Road: 22, Block: k, Banani Model Town
      Dhaka-1213, Bangladesh
      Tel.: +88(0) 9891314
      Email: asf@acidsurvivors.org
      Website: www.acidsurvivors.org



      Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity
      P.O. Box 569
      Phnom Penh, Cambodia
      Tel : + 855-23-998077
      Email: info@thecasc.org
      Website: www.thecasc.org



      Acid Survivors Foundation Pakistan
      House #23, Street #5
      F-8/3, Islamabad, Pakistan
      Tel: + 92 51 221 40 52
      Email: office@acidsurvivorspakistan.org
      Website: www.acidsurvivorspakistan.org



      Acid Survivors Foundation Uganda
      PO Box 2159
      Kampala, Uganda
      Tel.: +256 (0)41 542 037
      Email: info@acidsurvivorsuganda.org
      Website: www.acidsurvivorsuganda.org
                      Acid Violence: Positive Prevention, Rebuilding Lives




Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI)
164 Vauxhall Bridge Road
London
SW1V 2RA

Tel.: 0207 821 1567
Email: office@asti.org.uk
Website: www.asti.org.uk

Registered Charity: 1079290

				
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