Omena is a U.S 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to breaking the cycle of emotional abuse worldwide, starting in Madagascar.
It’s estimated by the WHO that up to 1 billion children worldwide have suffered in the last year from emotional abuse. Can you imagine 1 billion children most likely with trauma, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and isolation? What’s worse is that emotional abuse is not just happening in the household, it can happen in all the relationships in our lives and it is passed on from generation to generation.
Emotional abuse is a global crisis that has an economic impact. In the U.S alone, the CDC estimates the cost of emotional abuse to be $124 billion. It goes from hospital cost, criminal justice costs and productivity losses.
At Omena, we believe that the key to achieving our goal of breaking the cycle of emotional abuse in Madagascar is by providing education to students ages 6-18 in schools and colleges about emotional intelligence, healthy relationships, and body safety which help them spot red flags at a very young age and will in turn prevent emotional and verbal abuse to prevail.
Omena dreams about a more self-loving, emotionally self-aware generation – who ultimately foster healthy relationships and reduce emotional abuse in Madagascar.
Omena traveled to Antananarivo for the initial pilot