A Toronto woman is donating her time and talent to help acid burn victims in India.
Small-business owner Amber Gotzmeister is in India this month hoping to help 100 acid burn victims and cases of vitiligo using cosmetic tattooing for facial reconstruction.
Gotzmeister is the co-owner of The Good Geisha, a cosmetic tattoo company in Toronto. Working with The India Project, Gotzmeister said that people from all over India are lining up for hours hoping for a procedure to help them, saying its giving them “a new lease on life.”
“Before me coming here and offering this, there were no other solutions,” she said in a release. “Our goal is to provide an impressive 100 procedures to those in need of scar camouflaging, eyebrow and full or partial lip reconstruction.”
The cosmetic tattoo artist said she is currently working over 12-hour days, and all of her work there is volunteering. Along with The India Project Inc, she is servicing surgery camps in Ujjain, Indore and Jaipur during the month of January.
She has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $5000, and it’s currently reached just under half of its goal.
The funds raised will cover the cost of travel, supplies, and materials to perform the procedures.
The India Project says it’s thrilled to have Gotzmeister as part of the team.
“Amber has an innate talent for color correction,” they said in a statement. “This is the first time anyone in the world has brought someone with her amazing skill sets on a free medical mission trip and it has been a truly incredible and fulfilling experience. She is changing the lives of so many people.”