On 17th and 18th July 2010, a handicraft exhibition was organised in Islamabad in Rothas F-7.
This was the occasion for the acid survivors to pilot test the market value of the products they were making through Acid Survivors Foundation NCRU: bracelets, parandas (decorated hair extension), cell phones pouches. Additionally, it was an interactive way to train the survivors on the business cycle they would have to face and also give them the opportunity to interact with the community as any other citizen. The response was good, 9650 Rs raised over the week end and a public eager to understand the problem, encourage the survivors, and buy the products. Our next project will be the Eid Mela, so wish us luck!
Last but not least, it was also the occasion to introduce a game Malamaal, designed for children and adolescents and to educate them about child rights, hygiene, HIV-AIDS, Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) and Child Commercial and Sexual Exploitation (CSEC) as half of our children victims have been attacked when they refused to be abused, and general knowledge.
A customer being applied a paranda by Naila : great new experience!
Valerie Khan Yusufzai, children volunteers, survivors and interns playing Malamaal in front of the visitors.
Survivors and survivors' family members at work.