WHAT WE DO
We are breaking the cycle of emotional abuse by providing youth and young adults with support groups and with the social and emotional learning tools to nurture a generation with greater self-esteem and inner strength.
Omena’s mission is to provide children and young adults with a program that helps them spot the red flags of emotional abuse while equiping them with the social and emotional intelligence tools which will foster healthy self-esteem and ultimately break the cycle of abuse in families, relationships, and communities.
Impact of Omena
Omena traveled to Antananarivo for the initial pilot
Our students share what Omena has done for them:
“Today, I realized that my relationship with my boyfriend is toxic. I have unhealthy behaviors towards him and so does he. Thank you for showing me what a healthy relationship look like.”
17 years old
“Today I learnt from Bema [The child from our book pilot]. I learnt that everybody has emotions and that I have emotions too. I can be happy, worried, scared, angry, sad. I know now that it is okay to cry and it is important for me to have 5 people I trust to share what’s going on in my life.”
8 years old
“I didn’t know that there was such thing as self-love. I would have never thought looking at the mirror one day and telling myself that I was worthy of love. Even thinking about doing that was crazy before I did it. Thank you Omena for helping me start accepting and appreciating who I am.”
16 years old
Omena in Schools and the Community
Omena has already made a difference in many areas in Madagascar during the Pilot Program
Wherever you are, you can become an advocate and help us break the cycle of emotional abuse!BE AN OMENA AMBASSADOR
Founder of Omena
“Back in my country, Madagascar, the only form of abuse that I could recognize was physical abuse. Once in America, 5 years ago, I learned through my training as a Peer Educator that violence often begins with emotional abuse, gradually increasing to violent physical abuse. Through my research, I discovered I was not the only one with a limited definition of abuse. I started being passionate about the subject. I was mind blown by all the things I found out that I decided to share about it.
That’s how “Omena” came about. ”
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