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A youth-led, and youth-centered organization that is breaking the cycle of emotional abuse through training, preventive evidence-based social-emotional education, and community support.

Growing up, the only form of abuse that I could recognize was physical abuse. 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.

It’s estimated by the WHO that up to 1 billion children worldwide have suffered in the last year from emotional abuse: 1 billion children most likely with trauma, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and isolation.

Emotional abuse is characterized by name calling, yelling, intimidating, controlling, gaslighting (making the victim doubt his or her reality through manipulation), using the silent treatment to punish the victim or invalidate their emotions, threats, isolating the victim from their community, and manipulating (Bancroft, 2002).

Emotional abuse starts in the household, often having a spillover effect in all the other relationships in our lives and it is passed on from generation to generation.

Emotional abuse is a global crisis. Without the proper resources to prevent abuse there is deep economic impact. In the U.S alone, the CDC estimates the cost of emotional abuse to be $124 billion. Expenses like  hospital cost, criminal justice costs and productivity losses means that emotional abuse affects even more than just its direct victims.


Omena envisions a generation of children and young adults with greater self-esteem and inner strength; one that is more self-loving, emotionally self-aware, and enabled to foster healthy relationships with a sense of empowerment to drive positive changes in their communities.



Omena’s mission is to break the cycle of emotional abuse through equipping, supporting, and empowering children and young adults with social and emotional intelligence tools to nurture self-esteem and empathy in order to foster healthy relationships and reduce violence.


Omena dreams about a more self-loving, emotionally self-aware generation – who ultimately foster healthy relationships and reduce emotional abuse in Madagascar.

What Does Omena Mean?

Omena is the only and first initiative tackling the problem of emotional abuse in Madagascar and our mission is built in our name and logo because Omena is a play of words in my native language, Malagasy:

-“Omena” means to give, provide
and “mena” means red!
So in this context, breaking the cycle of emotional abuse by providing students with tools so that they can spot the red flags ahead of time when it comes to unhealthy behaviors and relationships.

Impact of Omena

Omena traveled to Antananarivo for the initial pilot

25 +

School interventions

250 +

Omena Global Ambassadors

1500 +

Engaged Youth And Young Adults

50 +


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