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Healing Power of Prayer: Interfaith Initiative for Acid Attack Survivors

Prayer and faith have a special power to heal the soul. 

The Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and Burns Violence (CERESAV) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2012 by Hanifa Nakiryowa, a Ugandan woman who survived an acid attack orchestrated by her ex-husband. CERESAV's mission is to raise awareness of and prevent acid and burns violence in Uganda, empower survivors by providing them support in their rehabilitation, confidence in their physical appearance, and hope for the future, and collaborate with acid attack rehabilitation centers globally to bring an end to acid violence. Their motto of ‘Unveiling the Scars’ reflects their ethos of encouraging survivors to live boldly and without shame.  


Last year, Dr. Angie Vredeveld, a clinical psychologist in Cincinnati, founded CERESAV USA, which focuses on educating the general public on how they can be part of the campaign to end to acid violence around the world.  

Together, Hanifa and Angie will share the story of their work across continents to provide critical support and advocacy for acid and burns survivors.  One of their most succesful initiatives is an Interfaith Prayer Team, where team members receive a photo, story, and personalized prayer request from a survivor recovering from acid burns in Mulago Hospital.  People from all over the world have joined in this initiative, leaving heartwarming prayers and words of encouragement for survivors.  For many survivors, knowing that people from around the world are praying for their recovery gives them the hope they need to keep fighting in their recovery.

Co-Hosts: The Center for Interfaith Community Engagement at Xavier University

Friday, August 19, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Kennedy Auditorium (Conaton Learning Commons), Xavier University - 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207
NOTE: Parking for the event can be found behind Smith Hall or in Cintas Lot.

For more about CERESAV, visit

CERESAV was recently featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer, click here to read the article.