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O.A.B.I.: Organization for Abused and Battered Individuals

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Causes: Alliances & Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Human Services, Mental Health, Spouse Abuse Prevention

Mission: Mission Statement Working to prevent, reduce and eliminate Child Abuse, Gender-Based violence, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault, through research, the dissemination of preventative education and training, addressing poverty, providing health and family life education and support, promoting effective policy and legislation and Victim Advocacy training. Vision Statement To have a society which is free from Child Abuse, Gender-Based Violence, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. O.A.B.I promotes the empowerment of all individuals (female and male/young and old) to foster gender equality, tolerance, and justice through research, affirmative youth development, alleviation of poverty, victim advocacy training and the dissemination of preventative education, which inspires a commitment to the changing of social and cultural norms, education and training, healthy lives, and effectual use of technology. Value Statement Providing, promoting, and maintaining a client-oriented atmosphere with ethical principles of confidentiality, transparency, resiliency, and accountability in everything we do. Motto “Breaking the silence is not a popular choice; it is the right choice; get educated; get informed; for friends do not let friends harm others.” "Prevention requires a clear vision of what we are working for, not only what we are working against and a commitment to social change."

Results: Training programmes to over 200 individuals at various levels of society. Women's support groups. Training for teachers and parents. Children's treat for underprivileged families and their children over 400 persons. Continues to educate many and facilitate the environment for empowerment to break their silence about their abuse and seek help. Continues to assist many families with the basic needs of food and clothing and assisting children to get to school by providing school supplies, uniforms and food supplies. Provided shelter for families who became homeless.

Target demographics: Prevent Gender-based violence against women and girls, reduce violence and poverty against women and girls and men and boys.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250-700 persons

Geographic areas served: In various communities, groups and with families.

Programs: Abuse Prevention Programs Interactive Workshops Family and group sessions. Poverty Alleviation Educational supplies Clothing and Food distribution Newborn items distribution Mentoring Assisting/Referring victims for safe housing Printing materials relevant to the cause to distribute.

Community Stories

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Joan A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Non-Profit continues to lobby for women's rights, human rights and the prevention and elimination of violence and discrimination against women. Their style of lobbying is unique and they continue to work at all levels to bring about change.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A grassroots organization with a structure providing assistance to women and girls as they educate about abuse prevention, they also assist with cases of poverty. Their selflessness, dedication and perseverance is too be greatly admired, encouraged and supported. They continue to give hope to those who need it the most and most times such persons are the depressed and afflicted.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This organization continue to work towards the eradication of violence against women and girls. As a volunteer for this organization I must say that I admire the Executive Director who leads by example and delicately works towards enhancing the lives of others.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I attended a workshop which was put on by this organization and I must say it was professionally done, helping persons to understand empathy and how necessary it is in the work of combating violence against women. Since after the workshop I have been following this organization and I must commend their team for the work which they are doing in helping to teach prevention and awareness to young women and men everywhere.

2 Jeff128

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an organisation inspiring all of us how much better the world could be! Very enthusiastic, professional and intervening where needed, I got to learn a lot while volunteering for OABI, I hope they will carry on their vision and change even more lives to the better!

1 gina.maharaj

Volunteer

Rating: 4

O.A.B.I has done excellent work in outreach and fundraising. This organization also has focused a lot on educating the public and gathering support from all sectors of society, both local and international. I strongly recommend O.A.B.I for future endorsements.

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Advisor

Rating: 4

Quite a passionate organization, always willing to help.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

O.A.B.I. is led by a strong and action oriented, people loving woman. She is fierce in her passion to protect and serve the people she has been privileged to work with. This organization is very needed but requires, like so many other NGOs, numerous types of resources to ensure that their mandate is of excellent quality. I was privileged to conduct a leadership/entrepreneurship session with O.A.B.I. to expose the team and others to strategies for sustainability.

We at CoESL applaud the team at O.A.B.I. and pledge to work in whatever way possible to help to build this partnership and sustain both our organizations.

2 Jonathan40

Board Member

Rating: 5

OABI is one of the most advanced and forward thinking NGOs in the Caribbean region. They founded the VASCO center . OABI's outreach has helped to save countless lives and train future leaders to be effective victim's advocates.


My experience working with OABI has been an invaluable asset to my career as an Attorney At Law in dealing with domestic violence and family issues.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Working with OABI has been one of the highlights of my professional career as an attorney at law. This organization has shown me what it means to uphold the highest standards of ethics , morality and professionalism .

Our president Sherna Alexander sacrifices every bit of time and energy she has to help those in need. Our team has helped many recover from physical , emotional and mental abuse.
We save lives on a daily basis.

Once our long term goals are realized OABI will become a world leader in abuse prevention and training. I am honoured to be a part of a vision and a team such as this!

3 DrMary O.

Board Member

Rating: 5

O.A.B.I continues to provide effective training and support for socially and economically disadvantage. The organization's measurement, and efficiency procedures significantly strengthened the overall client satisfaction results. We have worked hard and demands significant client satisfaction driven performance from all employees and volunteers, We continue to make strives within undeserved and underdeveloped communities

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Board Member

Rating: 5

OABI is a place where humanity and divinity join together to address the needs of the abused, broken, wounded and hurting individuals. It is a place where love is given to all and there is always someone who is willing to speak for the voiceless.

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2 Ken_56

Volunteer

Rating: 5

With the high level of abuse of all kinds that has been happening in Trinidad and Tobago, I thank God that there is an organization like O.A.B.I to offer hope to those hurting and fearful. Their commitment in service and love for people is greatly evident in their day to day operations and it is for these reasons that I am a volunteer with a phenomenal team O.A.B.I

2 Johnnetta M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a victim of childhood sexual. physical and emotional abuse, I know first hand the adverse effects of childhood sexual abuse. I lived through the shame, pain, hurt, anger, promiscuity, the domestic abuse, disease, secrecy and silence as many of us do. I live my life as an advocate to empower women and children to break the shame and shackles of childhood sexual abuse. Thank you Sherna for allowing your story to help heal others and give us permission to tell our stories so that we can live the life that we deserve. So that we can sing again, love again (starting with ourselves), breathe again, beleive again, feel again and reach for our fullest potential in life.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I visited this organizations center for the first time a few months ago being a victim of domestic violence for years, the environment was very inviting, the persons who I spoke with were professional and really made me feel comfortable, though I was hesitant to go for help I was at a breaking point and months later I have not regretted going, I go for counselling sessions once per week and this organization has initiated a program in my community. - Mala Joseph, Chagunanas. Trinidad and Tobago

2 Marva James

Client Served

Rating: 5

Because of this organization intervention I am able to move forward with my life, the members of this organization continue to show a high level of confidentiality, support and would assist you whenever and wherever necessary.

This is truly about people and serving them. Today I am able to truly move on with my life and be able to work and study.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Being a past client of this organization I must commend them for their ethical stance and their level of professionalism they continually strive for better standards even with the limited amount of resources.
This organization went above and beyond to assist me not only to come away from my abusive environment but helping me get a place to start over, I must say the last 2 and half years has been the best for me, productive and I feel as though I can breathe again, I feel confident and now on a path reclaiming my life. Ever so often they still send me message to see how I am going.
Abuse kills and the shame of it kills, for years I was walking around and everyone saw someone well put together however I was so frail that if someone shook me to hard I would have fallen to pieces, if you are in an abusive relationship please seek help. Thanks to the members of this organization which assisted me.

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5 Robin Rebecca Rhodes

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Although my experience with O.A.B.I. has been from many miles away (Santa Cruz, California; U.S.A.), I can attest to the positive and life-changing impact they have on victims and survivors. Through the power of the internet, I have followed their wide variety of programs offered to members of the community. Their heartfelt dedication and boundless support continues to amaze me!!! I was privileged to submit my own personal survival story to be published in the December 2012 edition of their online magazine. I look forward to future collaboration with O.A.B.I. in both the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Two years ago I had no place to stay due to health issues and financial problems, I was also the victim of rape. When I was introduced to this organization they actually went all out to assist my children and myself.
They helped us to get a small apartment and somehow found furnishings for the apartment and stocked it with groceries.
I was also referred to a counselor and the organization continues to assist our family with helping me academically and checking up on the children with school. Once all goes well I will be doing 2 CXC subjects in January of 2016. This organization help changed my life and impacted on my children's life. With their limited resources they do a lot.

5 Kavell D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization deals with the lives of Battered and Abused Individuals in Trinidad and Tobago society. This organization deals with the victims of abuse and the social issues arising out of such situations. This is an area in Trinidad and by extension the wider Caribbean community that is in need of dire help. The organization crosses the boundaries of culture, gender, race, religion and age. Therefore, all persons involved from the staff to those receiving service can really feel the passion and heartfelt love which is offered by OABI.

4 Christie14

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This organization not only impacts the Global community through contributions to the World Bank Reports but it also touches and concerns itself with the day to day lives of the abused and battered in society. The organization, through its leadership inspires individuals not only through words but service. The leadership’s style and practice is such that it crosses the boundaries of culture, gender, race, religion and age. As such persons really feel the passion and heartfelt love which is offered by OABI.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a great experience to me and show what people go through in life and the organization put their best feet forward to reach out and help people.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I whole heartedly endorse the work off this organization..Although I'm a volunteer with another NGO..I have had the pleasure of working alongside Miss Alexander on several occasions as our organizations networked to handle several cases.
I follow the organization s work and keep updated with their activities
I really identify with the passion off Miss Alexander to conquer this parasite of abuse in our society, which robs our so many of our nations youths of their innocence
I like a lot off research is done and advocy for implementation of laws to protect children are relentlessly pursed
This organization though new has done an amazing amount off work in its short existence
I k ow many women ,abused ,and families have found relief in their councel knowing that they are not alone.
But there's so much more to do
Your support goes a long way


4 Mari11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I met the founder of O.A.B.I, I was touched and amazed at how passionate she is about her work and about erradicating domest violence in our country. There are thousands of children facing child abuse and women being battered who have nowhere to go, no one to talk to, this organization does a magnificent job at offering the support, guidence and LOVE that these individuals lack in their lives. I encourage everyone yo please support O.A.B.I in any way they can, a little goes a long way and makes a HUGE difference in another person's life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In April of this year I participated in the training sessions which this organization held in collaboration with the National Library Information Systems NALIS. I must say that the training exceeded my expectations and while I had silent issues of abuse of my own and never said a word listening to the Executive Director give a summary of why she was intrigued in learning Emotional Intelligence I had to speak with her at the end of the training.
I must say that that she was welcoming and encouraged me to seek counselling, I may not be able to stand in public and show my face to speak about my abuse but the support of this organization has really helped me, I went to do training in emotional intelligence and Conflict resolution I came out with much more than I thought I would.
I would encourage everyone out there to support this organization as they are doing great work. Maybe one of these days I will be strong enough to place my name and face to this testimony until then I am proud to have known this organization and will support them in all that they do.
Miss. MS