Please help support the Acid Attacks Advocacy Project

Photo courtesy of Stop Acid Attacks

Acid Attacks Advocacy Project A Project of Creative Visions Fiscal Sponsorship

About the Work

In October, I will be traveling through India, photographing women who have survived acid attacks. Working with various non-profit organizations, I will create a photo essay to be presented at The United Nations in 2017 and published across various news outlets with the goal of inspiring others to help protect some of the most vulnerable people on the planet.

I will be doing all kinds of exciting work from telling positive stories about women who have made it (whether that be to court, which can be a feat) or simply out of their house and back into society as well as volunteering for an important initiative on the ground.

Why Acid Attacks? Why India?

In Mumbai I will be meeting with the youngest acid attack survivor who is now not only a fashion designer but bringing her work to NY Fashion week!In Bihar I will be meeting with a video volunteer (a local on the ground volunteer journalist)who took the case of an acid attack survivor she was covering to heart and championed her case all the way to the supreme court!In Agra I will be living with acid attack survivors in a safe house provided by an incredible initiative called Stop Acid Attacks, based in New Delhi.

About Lela


Hi guys! I am a photographer, activist and actor and I have a deep interest in social activism as a means to making real change in the world. Part of that activism involves shining a light on those whose voices are not being heard and those helping them.

I have photographed Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, Bring Back Our Girls and more. I am a blogger for We Want Peace, an organization dedicated in large part to shining light on those making a difference and I have been published in Blackbook Magazine, Huffington Post, The Sun and more.

As a woman I find any assault to a woman to be an assault to us all and when I learned about the increase in gender based violence not just in India but all over the world I felt a calling to help shine that light.



How Can You Help?

Essentially, money! :). Fortunately my flight has been sponsored by the Executive Director of ACUNS (Academic Council on the United Nations System) and my first 10 days accommodation has been sponsored by Jindal Global University, just north of Delhi.

At this point I have 15 nights for which I need to find accommodation but I am confident I can do that. The remaining budget of $11,745 will cover photographic supplies, a driver, a fixer, visa, incidentals, travel insurance, travel doctor, internal flights and what I have recently learned is of utmost importance, security. While I have partnerships with some great organizations I am traveling alone and it appears by all accounts that security is a big piece of this- and it costs.

THE GREAT NEWS is that the Creative Visions Foundation (a fantastic organization that supports creative activists) is providing the project with fiscal sponsorship. Which means… ANYTHING YOU GIVE IS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. After giving you will be sent a receipt for your tax man at the end of the year!

I need to raise the funds in full by September 15th. This will enable me to secure my travel plans, arrange for a driver/ fixer/ rentals, etc. so the sooner the better!

Additional Details

In Mumbai I will be meeting with the youngest acid attack survivor who is now not only a fashion designer but bringing her work to NY Fashion week!In Bihar I will be meeting with a video volunteer (a local on the ground volunteer journalist) who took the case of an acid attack survivor she was covering to heart and championed her case all the way to the supreme court!In Agra I will be living with acid attack survivors in a safe house provided by an incredible initiative called Stop Acid Attacks, based in New Delhi.

In addition I am photographing everything and anything the Stop Acid Attack needs. They seem to be keen on having someone at their disposal and I am only too happy to be there! Upon returning my objective is to get the images (and possibly video) out to create awareness and advocacy. My greatest hope is that people will learn what is happening on the ground and want to support local groups doing great work such as Stop Acid Attacks and Video Volunteers. Aside from presenting at the UN's Commission on the Status of Women's annual session in March 2017 I intend to use various journalistic/media contacts to get the work out and hopefully, activate people!!

There are great people in India working very hard to combat these issues and I would like to facilitate in whatever way I can, starting today, with this project.

Links of Partners/ Associations:

Creative Visions Foundation

Stop Acid Attacks

UN Women/ UN India

Commission on the Status of Women

Jindal Global University





Lela Edgar Photography

Please explore my work further at LelaEdgarPhotography.com

We are no longer accepting donations on this campaign, but there are other ways for you to support us today!

Supported by 67 Donations:

  • Hector G.
    I Gave $125
    We wish you all the enlightenment and success as you take on this project. The Zemog Family
  • sheena j.
    Sheena Joshi
  • Lyndsay C.
    I Gave $25
    Keep up the amazing work, Lela!
  • Hugo P.
    I Gave $100
    Very proud of you!
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    I Gave $25
    If we don't support our friends, who are we?
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    I Gave $25
    Proud of you, b!
  • Michael B.
    I Gave $145
    Good luck Lela! Dare to make them beautiful as well as horrifying.
  • DG F.
    I Gave $375
    Impossible to avoid helping you in this great cause. The good things you have done your whole life continue to shine through.
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    I Gave $100
  • Ahna T.
    I wish i could give more. you are a rockstar, warrior woman!!!
  • Adam M.
    Good luck and do great things with your photography!
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
  • Belinda  M.
    I Gave $250
    Lela, your dedication is inspiring...had to donate again. Love you girl. You WILL make a difference. #proudtobeyourfriend
  • Pegah K.
    I Gave $1,000
    This world is a better place because of you.
  • Nicole O.
    I Gave $50
    Such amazing work you're doing Lela - I'm so proud of you! xoxo
  • Dj A.
    I Gave $50
    Wishing you the best on this journey. Much love and respect for your dedication on bringing light to this very important subject matter.
  • Spenser G.
    I Gave $20
  • Alisha T.
    I Gave $50
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    Lela, you’re doing great work. The world thanks you. Hope you’re well. Bryan Cranston
  • Pauline S.
    I Gave $10
  • Danelle E.
    I Gave $50
    Bravo Lela! I applaud you and your much needed project.
  • Jacqueline C.
    I Gave $100
    I wish you all the best on this powerful, ambitious project! Much love!
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    I Gave $25
    Thank you Lela for daring to do what many of us are unable to...
  • madeli e y.
    I Gave $100
  • Maria P.
    Keep it up!
  • Benjamin S.
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous
    I Gave $250
    Now, let's get another 11 matching donations to make it a dozen. Have a little faith.
  • Mohit B.
    I Gave $100
    ❤️
  • Jose R.
    I Gave $100
    this work is so important ..
  • Laurie A.
    I Gave $25
    Thank you.