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LAAF Life After Abuse Foundation |

We Are LAAF

Life After Abuse Foundation |

About Us

Who We Are
What We Do

Life After Abuse Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2017 with a mission to provide education, mentorship, and psychosocial support to boys and men who have experienced trauma and abuse globally.

Our initiatives include policy engagement, school outreaches, organizational and community participation, media activism, and psychotherapy. These efforts serve as tools for advancing health equity, gender equality, and combating gender-based violence.

Our mission aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-being), Goal 5 (Gender Equality), and Goal 17 (Partnership for Goals).

Our Mission

Empowering men globally to overcome trauma, fostering health equity, gender equality, and creating a world free from gender-based violence.

Our Vision

To provide comprehensive support through sensitization, mentorship, and psychosocial interventions, utilizing policy engagement, organizational and community participation, school outreaches, media activism, and psychotherapy.

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Impact

LAAF Trainings

  • National Road Transport Workers

    LAAF collaborated with Local State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation to empower more than 160 National Road Transport Male Workers on Healthy Masculinity and Law Enforcement Officers.

  • The Nigeria Police Force

    LAAF trained officers of the Nigeria Police Force on Healthy Masculinity.

  • Ekobits Academy

    LAAF partnered with EkoBits Academy to train 50 adolescents on healthy masculinity. Ekobits is a renowned youth based social enterprise that uses ICT to improve the lives of the less privileged.

  • Leadership and Policy Engagement

    LAAF advocates for gender-inclusive policies at local, national, and international levels to ensure the protection and empowerment of male survivors. Collaborating with governmental and non-governmental organizations, we influence legislative changes and promote trauma-informed initiatives.

  • School and Campus Outreach

    LAAF through Project LAAF works predominantly with boys and men globally to advance gender equality and end gender-based violence in rural communities, schools, religious establishments, groups, and public and private sectors through sensitization programs, conferences, and workshops.Men Can End Violence is working predominantly with boys and men across Africa to advance gender equality and end gender-based violence in rural communities, schools, religious establishments, groups and public and private sectors.

  • Organizational and Community Participation

    LAAF engages with businesses, NGOs, and community groups to build partnerships and promote a collective effort in combating trauma and abuse. Organizing community events, workshops, and campaigns encourages active participation and dialogue.

LAAF Programs and Initiatives

Core Values

The key core values of the Life After Abuse Foundation (LAAF) lie at the heart of its mission to provide sensitization, mentorship, and mental health support to boys and men who have experienced trauma and abuse. These values form the foundation for LAAF’s commitment to fostering positive change and empowering men on their journey to healing.

The core values include:

  • Integrity

    LAAF upholds the highest standards of integrity in all its interactions and endeavours. The foundation is committed to honesty, ethical conduct, and accountability, ensuring that its actions align with its mission and values. Integrity serves as the foundation's moral compass, guiding its commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of survivors.

  • Stewardship

    LAAF embraces the responsibility of careful and ethical management of the resources entrusted to it. The foundation exercises good stewardship in utilizing funds, time, and other assets to maximize positive outcomes and sustain its mission effectively.

  • Empathy

    LAAF is guided by a deep understanding and compassion for the experiences of boys and men who have faced trauma and abuse. Through empathy, the foundation seeks to connect with individuals on a personal level, acknowledging their pain and providing a supportive environment.

  • Inclusivity

    LAAF is committed to creating an inclusive space where individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences feel welcome and understood. The foundation recognizes that trauma and abuse affect individuals regardless of their differences and strives to address these issues holistically.

  • Confidentiality

    LAAF places the utmost importance on maintaining confidentiality. The foundation respects the privacy and trust of those seeking support, ensuring that their personal information and stories remain secure.

  • Education

    Central to LAAF's mission is the value of education. The foundation is dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of trauma and abuse on men’s mental health. Through sensitization efforts, LAAF seeks to dispel myths, break stigmas, and promote a greater understanding of these issues.

  • Advocacy

    LAAF is a strong advocate for the rights and well-being of boys and men who have experienced trauma and abuse. The foundation actively works to influence policies, challenge societal norms, and champion the cause of mental health support, ensuring that the voices of survivors are heard.

  • Collaboration

    Recognizing the complexity of addressing trauma and abuse, LAAF values collaboration. The foundation actively seeks partnerships with organizations, stakeholders, and communities to enhance its impact, share resources, and create a network of support.

Impact and Success Stories
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Impact and Success Stories
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LAAF Volunteers

Join our team of dedicated volunteers and contribute your skills and time.

LAAF trains male and female volunteers to give presentations in schools, work places and rural communities. Volunteers also participate in radio programmes to discuss “The Role of Men in Ending Violence Against Women and Girls” and organize several other youth events to start a public discourse on the issue.

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Our Partners

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"LAAF has created a safe space for me...

I have realized that being a man doesn’t mean I can’t express my emotions or speak up about my feelings.

I have been advised on ways to handle situations regarding whatever influences my psychological well-being.

– John Osinubi

"Men's mental health awareness was an eye opener...

…an eye opener to some myths and ideas that has been passed down as to how I should behave and act as a man. Now I know its okay to cry when I am hurt and to express how I feel at every point in time because my mental health is a vital to my existence. Thank you LAAF.

– Kehinde Ololade

"LAAF has helped me redefine my gender...

The regular oh! “you are a man” has done more damage to men. Contents from LAAF like webinars, graphical contents, direct communication, networking and seminars have impacted me greatly. The webinars gave intensive teachings and expository training and talks.

The catchy graphical contents from LAAF with messages inherent have
also helped define my perception to life. The networking from the platform has been awesome for me. Hearing from people who have passed through mental health challenges and the overcoming procedures is encouraging. I no longer suck up pain, I cry when I need to. The mental health of men
has been battered and a platform like LAAF came to the rescue.

– Peter
Oluwaseyifunmi

"LAAF has enhanced my sensitivity to the emotional needs of my male loved ones and acquaintances...

…as well as reduced my unrealistic
expectations from men. It has constrained my usage of statements like
“man up”, which invalidates the feelings of an average man.
I have also been impacted by the intentionality of the convener. She
inspires me to be more deliberate about life.

– Bukola Olokode

LAAF Programs