My name is Wasswa Samuel, an Accountant by training, Businessman Travel Consultant and Managing Director, Hesa General Enterprises Ltd.
I reside at Konge, Makindye Division, Kampala District, a family man and PTA Member of Mengo Senior School. One afternoon in 2014, an old friend Juliet Male, came to my office with a younger lady whom, she introduced to me as Juliet Bukirwa.
She had come to my office for consultation, in search for well wishers and good Samaritans who could come for her rescue, she wanted to travel to USA.
UNFORTUNATELY, she did not get a sponsor that time!
It was my first time to meet face to face a young lady, who was deformed through an Acid attack in the face and part of her body.
When she eventually folded back the hair, it was unbelievable, she had lost her left eye, ear and parts of her body was full of scars.
She told me the whole story and I felt so sympathetic to her and tried my best to see that we get someone to give her assistance in any way possible.
I also came to know that she was a single mother and had two children to look after. After an hour of narration, I gave her an appointment to come and meet me again, giving her some token for upkeep and once in a while, passing by my office to check on me for any opportunity.
During the many times we met, I thought of forming a forum, which will talk for other Acid Victims/Survivors, the voiceless, the disadvantaged children and Domestic Violence in general, which is the main cause of these acts, ranging from Love relationships, Divorce, Separation, Hatred, Property and Economical factors.
Together with Juliet, we thought of a name, and I came up with “Forum for Acid Victims” which I first reserved in December 2015, (under section 36 of the companies Act No.1 of 2012 & section 4(1b)(1b) of NGO Registration amendment Act, 2006).
And It was registered under the Non-Governmental organisations Act, Cap 113 Registration No. 1236 on 30th September 2016.
After the Registration of the organization ,I delegated Juliet to go out there and meet other victims/survivors to come together and see the way forward as regards the operation of the organization.