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Rehabilitation and Development

Social and Economic Rehabilitation :

Acid violence rarely kills but invariably causes severe physical, psychological and social scarring, and victims are often left with no legal recourse, limited access to medical or psychological assistance, and without the means to support themselves. Acid violence is a worldwide phenomenon that is not restricted to a particular race, religion or geographical location.  Acid violence not only damages victims physically and emotionally, it also carries devastating long-term effects on their psyche, and their economic and social lives. Their livelihoods and futures are compromised at the best and irrevocably damaged at the worst. They become vulnerable to legal and economic destitution. Their chances of obtaining a sound education are greatly diminished. The financial burden placed on survivors and their families after an attack increases their chances of slipping further into poverty. Most victims come from families with the lower socioeconomic statuses, and according to a study conducted in 2010 in Bangladesh, 60% of victims’ families made less than Tk. 5000 per month (around $71 USD). 

ASF’s mission is to aid in all aspects of recovery and rehabilitation—from medical treatment to psychological counseling, to skills-based training as a means to a better livelihood, ASF offers its survivors the support they need to reintegrate into society, back into their communities, and to continue their education and search for a decent livelihood. Furthermore, it aims to bring all victims to a state where they have the agency, skills, and mental fortitude to start their lives a new.

Developing a Theory of Change :

ASF along with its regional partners has developed a Theory of Change (ToC) that seeks to rationalize the rehabilitation journey and the changes they hope to see in the lives of acid survivors. The TOC consists of a graphic representation of the change process they believe is required to bring about their desired long-term goal of eradicating acid violence and allowing survivors to live with dignity, free from stigma. Progress against these dimensions will be assessed through monitoring, evaluation and impact assessments.