A job portal for acid attack survivors

A job portal for acid attack survivors

Posted by Vivek Nama on November 30th 2016

Make Love not Scars, the world’s first job portal for acid attack survivors.

Yes! It’s true and is a first- of its kind initiative which supports acid attack survivors and helps them get job opportunities and support for any their ventures which they plan to start.

Make Love Not Scars (MLNS) is a non government organization dedicated to provide acid attack victims an opportunity to regain their life on their own terms through recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration

This kind of a platform to interact with future employers didn’t exist before where by putting survivors face to face with prospective employers through the online platform.

MLNS was born with the aim to be a source of support for victims of acid attacks, regardless of their gender, socioeconomic status, culture or religion.

MLNS operates in three core areas:

a) To identify cases of acid attacks and any other of gender-based violence, to help provide the emergency medical and legal assistance required.

b) To support the rehabilitation of survivors of acid attacks and other forms of gender-based violence (including burning and rape) through need-based training and assistance for stable employment.

c) To actively work with the government and non-governmental organisations, the media and other social institutions to campaign against acid attacks and other forms of gender-based violence to help bring a “new normal” in society, where such acts are seen as archaic and condemnable.

Started by Ria Sharma, a graduate of Leeds College Of Art, Make Love Not Scars was initially the name of a college documentary project she was working on in her third year but one thing led to another and the organization was born. She currently splits her time between the MLNS rehabilitation centre in Delhi and Mumbai. She hopes that her efforts will one day contribute towards making a change.She is supported by a team of three members Bharat Nayak,ShaheenandBhagirath. Bharat Nayakis a Mechanical engineer from NIT Silchar &  who is a founding member of the renowned and trusted social media page The Logical India which contributes towards social justice, advocacy and reporting relevant current affairs. Shaheen completed her MBA in HR and marketing from Panjab Technical University and often speaks out for advocacy related to acid attack survivors and works part time with the Humans Rights Law Network in Delhi. Shaheen closely manages all survivors and their legal needs.

Bhagirath is finance professional by qualification and training and an alumnus of the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). Bhagirath was shocked and moved by the Nirbhaya gang-rape, which motivated him to start supporting survivors of acid attacks, rape and other forms of violence.

You can browse their website http://makelovenotscars.org/ and look at the talents and skills on display. If someone is the right fit for you or your organisation, you can go ahead and contact them. If you can’t hire them directly, you can also share this initiative with your friends and family who may be able to help. Your help will go a long way in supporting these victims and their families sustain themselves.

So far, MLNS have helped 35 survivors.

You can also send in your donations for their rehabilitation centre and medical expenses for the victims through https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/homeforsurvivors

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