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Rehabilitation and Development

From 2011 to 2012, ASF managed to increase its level of support in each of the main categories. Though the incidence of acid violence has decreased, the amount of outreach and support given to survivors has increased; ASF has identified the most critical needs of survivors in their rehabilitation and reintegration phase and has sought to meet them with more relevant and robust support :

Type of Support                             Number of Survivors
served in 2011 
Number of Survivors
     served in 2012
Support from ASF

Education Support

77 students 91 students

Family Assistance

22 survivors 16 survivors

IGA Grant

110 survivors 158 survivors
Job Placement 19 survivors 31 survivors
Skill Development Training 7 survivors 47 survivors
Support from the Government    
Financial Aid from NACC
disbursed through DACC
79 survivors
(7,67,000 BDT) 
102 survivors
(1,52,0000 BDT ) 
Others 24 survivors 66 survivors

 

In-house Income Generating Projects : 

Survivors build self-confidence when they have the skills to gain economic independence. ASF’s rehabilitation services and treatments also aid survivors in the social and economic reintegration process. Because economic independence is paramount to successful social integration and self-sustainability, ASF networks with partner organizations, civil-society organizations and private companies in order to provide income generating schemes and job placements to help survivors gain economic independence. ASF is also involved with NGO mainstreaming development programs.

ASF Income Generating Projects : 

1) Catering ASF provides catering training for survivors interested in learning how to cook. They are then able to cater meals and generate some income from their efforts. The catering- training project was implemented in 2003 and now supplies three meals a day to the patients of ASF’s hospital and staff, feeding about 100 persons a day with the support of 7 survivors. 

2) Tailoring For those interested in tailoring, ASF provides training in tailoring with classes offered by a master tailor. 

3) Pressure Garments ASF provides training in the creation of pressure garments, which are used to help maintain the integrity of the skin and muscle after reconstructive surgery. Some survivors have elected to be a part of this project, and have participated in the creation and sale of these pressure garments to survivors of other acid and burn-related violence. 

Additionally, ASF provides short-term and needs-based financial support to families in order to prevent an acute financial crisis while the major earner in the family undergoes medical treatment.

The Government’s Support of Rehabilitation for Survivors : 

In 2002, the Bangladeshi government created 2 governing bodies that directly contribute funds for acid survivors during their rehabilitation: the National Acid Control Council (NACC) and the District Acid Control Committee (DACC). The NACC and DACC work under the following stipulations regarding the legal assistance and rehabilitation for survivors: 

The Bangladeshi Government has stipulated the following rules regarding the rehabilitation of victims of acid violence:


- In order to ensure the necessary treatment assistance for the survivor of acid violence, the Upazila- based Executive Officer or field-level social worker will check on the survivor’s treatment procedures and will report to the National Acid Control Council’s (NACC), District Acid Control Committee (DACC) Chairman.

- The District Acid Control Committee Chairman will arrange for the allocation of necessary funds for the survivor’s treatment through the District’s Civil Surgeon.

- The Civil Surgeon will allocate the necessary amount of funds for the survivor’s financial and treatment needs and will inform the District Acid Control Committee Chairman accordingly.

- Providing survivors of acid violence rehabilitation assistance: The district level social worker will according to the stipulated rules manage for rehabilitation assistance for all survivors in the respective district.

- When necessary, the district level social worker will inform the district level committee’s Chairman of the need to establish a Government-based rehabilitation centre for survivors of acid violence at the respective district.

- In order to arrange for education, technical work and entertainment at district level rehabilitation centers, loans and other assistance, the district level social worker with the approval of the District Acid Control Committee will undertake efforts to increase local level awareness and involvement. 
 

The NACC Loan Assistance Program provides small loans to acid survivor’s interest free. Loans range from 5,000 BDT – 15,000 and are given in order to provide financial assistance to female survivors of acid violence and their families. The loan is subject to a 5% service charge. After repayment of the loan, the survivors or her family can apply for another. The loaned amount as well as the service charge must be paid back in 10 equal installment payments. According to the nature of the scheme the first installment must be made six months after the provision of the loan and all repayments must be made within one to two years.

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