Edja Film - A Story of Hope

$2,865 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 14 months
Created May 9, 2018
Grace’s story broke our hearts. Someone asked the right questions and she found her voice to tell what had happened to her.

In 2015, while Matt Stauble was visiting rural Uganda photographing the beautiful children of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, the organization’s leadership, learned that a 9 year old student, Grace, had been attacked and sexually assaulted by an older man.

A story all too familiar around the world, falls even harder on those in the most vulnerable communities. With no parents, no money, no transportation, no emergency medical care, no professional psychological support, living with only her elderly grandmother, who wouldn’t feel hopeless?

But Grace had started something powerful when she spoke up.

Moved by Grace’s bravery, Tabitha Mpamira Kaguri sprung into action to create the Edja Foundation, an organization to combat sexual violence. As soon as people heard that there was hope, they began to reach out for help. 

One heroic moment after another, the story is changing.

As more and more women come forward, sharing their stories, Edja has risen to provide emergency medical care, legal advocacy, ongoing counseling, and community outreach for prevention. They are achieving a lot with so little. Currently, Edja’s social worker Brendah uses a room at the hospital and a laptop to support 57 girls/women, while the Legal Advocate, Bosco, holds the mobile phone that serves as the local sexual abuse hotline and rides a motorcycle at night helping the police bring perpetrators to justice.

Through Edja, Grace sought counseling to help her move toward healing and her attacker has been tried and sentenced to jail.

We are creating an important film.

As filmmakers and storytellers, we have seen the power of using a documentary as a catalyst for change. On a local level, this film will have an audience with policymakers and many communities within Uganda continuing to shed light on an important conversation and generate support.

The story of Edja’s beginning and continued journey exemplifies how brave voices and actions of a few can lead to a movement.

We are fundraising to produce a film to share Edja's story with the world.

Inspire a global community to action of their own.

To properly tell Edja’s story, we've calculated the minimum production and travel expenses to be $14,000. We’ve set a goal of raising $12,000  for this campaign. All production planning, and in-country production is volunteered by us (Matt Stauble and Joe Foster).

If we can surpass the campaign goal and reach the full base-production expenses, we will allocate funds toward additional post-production, distribution and screenings of the film. This will enable us and Edja to bring the story in front of as many audiences as possible, including a NYC premiere and premiere in Uganda.

Every contribution counts.

Our flights are booked and we are fully committed to creating the most impactful film possible.

Thank you for sharing  this campaign  with others and making a donation  towards this important production.

We truly appreciate you taking the time to learn about the Edja story and this project.


Matt Stauble  and Joe Foster

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Matt Stauble  // Photographer // Executive Producer 
Joe Foster  // Filmmaker // Executive Producer
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Friends and Family,

We are one week away from departing for Uganda to begin several weeks of filming. After hundreds of hours of planning over the last few months, we’re prepared to begin production of the Edja Film.

This movement that Edja has created, began when one girl spoke up, one woman listened and a small team started to respond. With limited resources and support, Edja is transforming the local culture and conversation around sexual abuse. This film will pioneer and share the Edja story with the world, spreading awareness and increasing support.

We’ve been so fortunate to have raised a third of our goal and are actively fundraising for the rest. Support from family and friends has always been an inspiring and crucial part of these non-profit projects.
Contributing to this fundraiser is directly supporting something much bigger, the movement that is happening right now across the world to eliminate sexual abuse.

Be part of this movement and give what you can, every dollar donated will expand the reach and impact of this film.

Matt and Joe

Please click on our GoFundMe link and watch our video: http://gofundme.com/edjafilm
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Check out this awesome video of Tabitha sharing her story behind founding the Edja Foundation: https://www.facebook.com/stauble/posts/10155616965152874
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“Thank you to everyone for sharing and donating during this first 24 hours of our campaign. We feel blessed to have so many supportive people in our lives and are excited to see the vision for our project already building. A few hours ago, we received an update from the Edja team in Uganda that another perpetrator was sentenced to prison at court this morning and the young girl that was abused is fully engaged with holistic support from the Edja Foundation. Every day, progress is being made toward positive change.”
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