Omena - Raising a Generation of Empathy

WHO WE ARE

Initiated in Madagascar, Omena is a youth-led initiative promoting Social and Emotional Intelligence, healthy relationships, and body safety in schools in hopes of preventing and breaking the cycle of emotional abuse around the world, starting in Madagascar.

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WHAT WE DO

We are breaking the cycle of emotional abuse by training peer educators, who will in turn provide youth and young adults with the social and emotional learning tools and support to nurture a generation with greater self-esteem and inner strength.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

Omena is looking for Volunteers like you, ready to advocate and stand up against emotional abuse. Volunteer to be involved with Omena virtually or in person as a global ambassador or a peer educator. 

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What does Omena Mean?

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Impact of Omena

Omena traveled to Antananarivo for the initial pilot

school interventions

ENGAGED YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS

workshops

omena global ambassadors

Omena in Schools and the Community

Omena has already made a difference in many areas in Madagascar during the Pilot Program

Child Guide

Our very first intervention on self-love, understanding emotions and body safety with children taken care of by an organization called Child Guide

CEG Ampefiloha

Our second intervention on self-love, understanding emotions and body safety at the College d’Enseignement General (CEG) Ampefiloha, which would be the equivalent of a secondary school in North America

Saint Francois Xavier high school

Our next intervention focused on distinguishing healthy from unhealthy relationships with students from Saint Francois Xavier high school

Jean Joseph Rabearivelo high school

Jean Joseph Rabearivelo – one of the first high schools in Antananarivo which actually celebrated their 80th anniversary last year during our next intervention.

Youth Civic Center

This intervention included a conversation on how we can use our voice and story to stand out. We talked about Omena’s story and answered to the question: “How do you know if you are being emotionally abused?”

Go Women Project

We were able to partner with the Go Women Project organization – a non-profit organization that’s dedicated to empowering Malagasy women in different areas of life. The discussion around emotional abuse and how it affects women in the professional world was explored during a women only conference. 

Lives Impacted

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.”

Ny Avo

17 years old 

“Today I learnt from Bema. 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.”

Faniry

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.”

Fanja

16 years old

Wherever you are, you can become an advocate and help us break the cycle of emotional abuse!

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