KOLKATA, INDIA- H.H. Princess Maria Amor was honorably appointed as Goodwill Ambassador of Acid Survivors Foundation, India (ASFI) in the beginning of January, 2015.
"I humbly accept the honor of serving the ASFI as I feel compelled to do something to prevent these kinds of heinous crimes and protect and uplift the victims. As a commitment to ASFI as their new Goodwill Ambassador, I will bring their vision and mission to We Care for Humanity's Empowerment Advocacy at the WCH Humanitarian Summit at the United Nations!"
Acid Survivors Foundation India (ASFI) purports to be the leading NGO in India for prevention of acid burn violence as well as for providing support services to survivors through a network of chapters and partners, by sharing knowledge, expertise and best practices. ASFI acts as a forum for advocacy of acid related causes, endeavours to promote a social environment conducive to elimination of all forms of gender violence and espouses a firm legal basis for prosecution of offenders and prescription of national guidelines for treatment, aftercare and rehabilitation of acid survivors. Acid Survivors Trust India (AST-IND) was established in perpetuity at Kolkata as a registered nonprofit organization, thanks to a generous endowment by SREI Foundation, in February 2010.
ASFI's Vision :
To eradicate acid violence from India through social, educational and regulatory measures;
To provide care and attention to acid survivors so that they can lead a life of worth, usefulness and dignity;
To promote an enlightened attitude towards human rights, gender equality, women's awakening and empowerment through various means.
ASFI's Mission :
To set up a network of chapters and collaborators throughout India to achieve the desired goal;
To enable survivors of acid violence to access suitable medical facilities and psychosocial care;
To help in establishing ‘Healing and Recovery’ Centres that provide holistic attention to victims.
To coordinate and collaborate with disparate agencies engaged in similar work for advocacy of acid related causes including adequate compensation, free or subsidized medical treatment, rehabilitation and exemplary punishment to culprits;
To work for elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against women and to bring about changes conducive to a humane society.
ASFI's Values :
ASFI believes in service to humanity, more especially to women and the less fortunate;
ASFI governance is guided by ethical norms, transparency and fair practices applicable to charitable Trusts.
Board of Trustee
Chairman - Mr Hari Prasad Kanoria :
Vice Chairman - Mr. Mahesh K Varma :
Mr Sitaram Sharma :
Core Team :
National Director & CEO - Mr. Rahul Varma :
Justice Retd. G.C. De (Former Judge of Kolkata High Court)
Mrs. Smita Bakshi- MLA & Borough Chairperson, Govt of West Bengal
C.S. Samal, IAS Retd(Padmasree)
Mr. Vidyadhar Mittal (as Advisor)
Dr. Samir Banerjee (Senior Plastic Surgeon)
Mr. Manna Chakraborty (Advocate, Calcutta High Court/Legal Advisor)
Ms. Kusum Musaddi (Educationist & Social Activitist)
Ms. Mamta Binani (C.A. & Social Activitist)
Advisory Council (consultative role)
Executive Wing (execution and delivery)
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