Awareness Services for Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking provide education, resources and support to those affected by these issues. Our services include counseling, outreach, referral services, crisis intervention and advocacy. We strive to create a safe and supportive environment for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, and to provide them with the tools and resources needed to break free from their abusers. Additionally, we work to raise awareness of these issues in our communities, and to provide education and resources to those seeking to help. Through our services, we are committed to providing a pathway to freedom and safety for all survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.
Our capacity-building services for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking focus on providing the necessary tools and resources to help survivors rebuild their lives. We offer crisis intervention, housing assistance, legal representation, job training, and mental health counseling. We also provide educational classes and workshops on topics such as financial literacy and self-advocacy. We aim to help survivors gain the necessary resources to build a safe and healthy life. We strive to empower survivors and help them gain the confidence and skills essential to move forward. Our services are available to anyone affected by domestic violence and human trafficking, regardless of gender, race, or background.
Domestic violence and human trafficking are serious issues that affect individuals and communities in many parts of the world. Our organization is committed to providing humanitarian services to victims of these crimes. We offer a range of services such as emotional support, legal aid, housing, and medical assistance. We strive to create a safe and nurturing environment for those affected by domestic violence and trafficking. Our goal is to help individuals heal, build resilience and regain control of their lives. We are dedicated to helping people in need and are committed to providing them with the resources they need to find safety and security.
JLU joined the March on Women’s Day to show unwavering solidarity with women globally, reinforcing our commitment to combating abuse and promoting gender equality.
Celebrating International Women’s Day is important for several reasons:
Overall, celebrating International Women’s Day is a powerful way to acknowledge the valuable contributions of women, advocate for their rights, and work collectively towards a more just and equal world for everyone.
Concluded the year with a visit to Buea Prison, celebrating women and sharing messages of hope, reinforcing the belief in rehabilitation and the possibility of a brighter future.
Our team visited a local prison in Cameroon, focusing on encouraging women facing challenging circumstances. The visit aimed to provide emotional support, share prayer moments, and offer solidarity.
Donations to Buea Central Prison:
The impact of your support was profound and immediate:
Women and children suffer disproportionately in abusive relationships, especially during regional conflicts and economic stagnation. In the case of Cameroon, many women and girls in the restive conflict Region(North West and South West Regions of Cameroon) continue to suffer underrepresentation and affordability for essentials like clothing, food, and pads for children. Economic hardship is underrated, and the overall difficulty is exacerbated. And it will be worse in the years to come.
Responding to the needs of the population, JLU lives up to its yearly promise of “bringing awareness, love and support” to the community.
Special Christmas packages included food items, clothing, disposable pads, diapers, baby powder, baby clothes, roll-ons, and cash donations and much more. It is worth noting that this donation aims to build resilience and self-confidence and impact knowledge of economic empowerment/growth as measures to combat GBV in the community.
Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family or individual, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. In Columbus and the surrounding cities of Ohio, JLU initiated and sponsored a memorable Mother’s Day with African Immigrant Women. JLU believes immigrant mothers go above and beyond to balance complex multi-cultural challenges. Bringing women together to share challenges and seek common solutions led to an engaging, and worthwhile discussion.
While the demands and challenges of raising children in a multi-cultural are overwhelming, it is essential to stay connected with other women, develop meaningful support systems, for thriving community.
We also noted that women mothers deserve to be celebrated daily, mothers deserve love and respect form their partners, mothers also deserve to raise children in safe and stable environments. We therefore encourage zero tolerance for abuse.
Father’s Day attracted many Cameroonian and other African immigrant families at the Lewis Center beach. Father’s Day serves as a reminder of the importance of fatherhood. By recognizing and celebrating fathers, we can raise awareness of the crucial role they play in raising healthy, happy, and well-adjusted kids. Honoring dads on Father’s Day is a way to show appreciation for their hard work and dedication.
Families spent quality time bonding and showing appreciation to fathers for their commitment to lead by example, The day ended with an inspirational message form Pastor Alex. Ge encouraged fathers to stay close and involved with children’s daily activities.
Community is critical to our overall wellbeing and the decline of our connectedness is coming at the same time mental health issues are on the rise.
Why It Matters.
Strong communities have a significant sense of purpose. People’s roles have meaning in the bigger picture of the community and each member of the group understands how their work connects to others’ and adds value to the whole. As a member of community, JLU don’t just want to lay bricks, we want to build a cathedral.
That is why we partnered with the Veterans of Columbus Football Club to celebrate Family Day.
Project type: Back to school
Date: September 4, 2023
Location: Buea, Cameroon.
Every year, JLU partners with CEYOFF to ensure equal opportunities for children to return to school. This year’s back to school program served over 500 under-served internally displaced young Cameroonians in the Northwest and Southwest Regions. Items donated included back packs, books, pens, pencils and cash donations.
Capacity building is an important part of helping survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking become self-sufficient and financially independent. Programs can include financial literacy training, access to microcredit financing, and support to start small businesses. Financial independence can help survivors break the cycle of violence and build a secure future for themselves and their families.
Additionally, providing access to microcredit financing can help survivors establish credit and gain access to larger loans. Small business support can help survivors generate income and build their confidence. All of these potential resources can help survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking build a better future for themselves.
At JLU, we believe that financially independent women can contribute to raising children to build a solid family foundation, serving the community, and building the nation.
Recipients are are encouraged to start up small businesses such as hair salons, roadside food stands, and other sustainable businesses. JLU goes by the old adage that goes, “teach them to fish….”
JLU expanded the impact to Tole with another successful edition of “Kicking for the Cause,” amplifying the awareness campaign and fostering community involvement. We served over 300 people (primarily women and children in Tole)
We hosted two inspiring football tournaments, providing survivors with an opportunity for physical activity, camaraderie, and empowerment through sports.
Message of Hope:
Accompanying the tournaments was a powerful message of hope, reminding participants of their inherent worth and strength. This message aimed to uplift spirits and encourage a positive outlook on the healing journey.
The impact of your support has been transformative:
JLU initiated an autism support group, providing parents a platform to share experiences, find common solutions, and build a supportive network. An autism support group for immigrant parents holds significant importance as it provides a unique and essential space for them to navigate the challenges associated with raising a child with autism.
In essence, an autism support group for immigrant parents not only addresses the challenges associated with autism but also acknowledges and respects the cultural diversity within the community. It becomes a crucial avenue for mutual support, understanding, and empowerment, facilitating a more inclusive and effective approach to raising children with autism in immigrant families.
Introducing “Kicking for a Cause” Women’s Football Match to raise awareness of abuse in the community
(October Abuse Awareness month):
JLU introduced a signature women’s football match in Columbus to sustain awareness, commemorating October Abuse Awareness Month and engaging the community in a meaningful way.
Using sports to raise awareness of domestic abuse in the community can be effective for several reasons:
In summary, integrating domestic abuse awareness into sports leverages the reach and impact of sporting events, creating a powerful platform to engage communities, challenge norms, and foster a collective commitment to addressing domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse and violence are often shrouded in silence. Families may hide it, and those outside the home are reluctant to interfere. Domestic violence and human trafficking occur in all cultures, but the causes, forms of abuse, and responses to it may vary across cultures. For example, some cultures may have specific cultural norms and expectations that can lead to violence and exploitation, while other cultures may have different ways of responding to these issues. It is important to recognize and respect these differences in order to properly address and prevent domestic violence and human trafficking. This may include providing culturally competent services and resources to survivors, and educating communities about the signs of abuse and exploitation. Ultimately, everyone deserves to live free from violence and exploitation, regardless of their culture.
At JLU, we believe that “prevention is better than cure.” Teaching young children, teenagers, men and women how to recognize, prevent, and exit abusive relationships are paramount to their safety and well-being.
The Walk to End Domestic Violence was an inspiring event held across the country to raise awareness about domestic abuse in the immigrant community. Participants marched in Maryland, Florida, Minnesota, and Ohio, showing their support for silent victims of domestic violence. Parents and children joined together in solidarity to march and send a strong message that domestic abuse is not acceptable. The event was a powerful reminder that the issue of domestic violence affects us all and must be addressed in order to create a strong, safe, and healthy society.
Our Educational Webinars are designed to create awareness about domestic abuse and its impacts on individuals, families and communities. Through these webinars, we share powerful stories of survivors, which help to raise understanding of the issue. We also provide information on preventive methods and helpful resources that people in the community can access. Our webinars are aimed at equipping our audience with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions and take action against domestic abuse.