WHAT WE DO
We are breaking the cycle of emotional abuse by providing students with the tools and education necessary to spot the signs of emotional abuse.
Omena’s mission is to equip children with social and emotional intelligence tools, to help create a more self-loving, self-aware, and empathic generation who can help to foster healthy relationships and prevent abuse and violence in Madagascar.
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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