What does a selfie mean to you? A way to show your face to the entire world out there! Or maybe to make your friends jealous of you having a perfect make up. But can you take a selfie and post it online so that somebody gets back a face destroyed by acid? People behind the campaign Stop Acid Attacks are creating a fundraising movement around ‘Faceless Selfies’ to raise enough money in order to fund surgeries for many survivors of Acid Attacks in India.
“Through this campaign we aim to make the issue bigger, and reach out to more and more people out there who are not aware of the Acid Attacks taking place in the country. We, with help of Cheil India, have created the website www.donateaface.org with information relating to Acid Attacks in India. We are really looking forward to 10th of April when the campaign will kickstart.” says Abhilash, one of the campaigners with Stop Acid Attacks campaign.
Presently an acid attack survivor gets Rs 3 lakhs as compensation from the government. The amount is far too less for a survivor to undergo corrective surgeries. “At least 6-8 surgeries are required for a person to restore the face back to a reasonable level of function and aesthetic appeal. But the cost of even a single surgery is too expensive for many families in India. The government compensation is essentially of no real help. Presently we have come across only 5 people who have received government help. And at least 3 people are attacked with Acid in India every week.” informs Anurag, another campaigner with Stop Acid Attacks.
The campaign will be launched on April 10, 2015 at 12noon. It will be launched on various social media platforms. People can simply change their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram profile picture withwww.donateaface.org written on a sheet of paper covering the face. It is important that people share the post with a hashtag “#donateaface” so that more and more people get to know about it.
It will be interesting to know and an expression of our solidarity if this campaign can become india’s very own version of the iconic Ice Bucket Challenge which had taken the internet by storm few months back!
People can visit the website by clicking here.
If you want to signup for the campaign, then click here.
You can visit the facebook page of the campaign here.
You can visit the twitter handle of the campaign here.
This article was first published on LokMarg on April 7, 2015.