AOS Objects and Purpose
AOS purposes are set out in its objects as follows:
- To offer protection and enable access to specialist support services to restore mental and physical health and well-being of Black and ethnic minority women and children and other women and children who have experienced domestic violence and abuse.
- To give support for the relief and empowerment of Black and ethnic minority women and children and other women and children who are survivors of gender-based violence and abuse, including orphans and widows by conduct of charitable operations, including the provision and promotion of refuge, education, female health, physical infrastructure, social development and income-generating activities.
- To provide training to people working with domestic violence and abused victims/survivors or those who are potentially vulnerable to gender-based violence and abuse.
- To raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse.
- To advocate and promote the equality of women and children.
AOS carries out its purposes by:
- Seeking ways to provide early intervention and preventative measures to women who have experienced domestic violence or abuse at some time in their life, through subsidised or free therapeutic mental health rehabilitation in one to one and group sessions. These programmes are provided for people who are either potentially vulnerable to or who are victims and/or survivors of domestic violence and abuse. The beneficiaries include refugees, migrants and individuals from local communities who are in need of the service and have met AOS’ selection criteria.
- We provide information on domestic abuse and advertise the support services available for victims or women at risk. AOS subsidises the cost of attending women empowerment workshops and speaking engagements, because victims of discrimination or individuals that have suffered physical, emotional, financial and/or sexual abuse often suffer from shame and withdraw from society. We also donate items of clothing, toiletries and other essential supplies to victims of gender-based violence.
- Training and workshops are carried out by AOS volunteers and staff working with beneficiaries in the UK and we also support such training on the ground in Africa.
- Awareness is brought about through our annual anniversary event (Dare to Dream, Dream to Fly) and through other events. We also raise awareness through our social media platforms and website postings.
- AOS advocates and promotes equality within the public at large, encouraging women and children who are victims of domestic abuse to become more involved within their respective communities. We also advocate and promote awareness of individual entitlement and human rights to those individuals and to others in the community, for example by the education of certain clients who have suffered from abuse or discrimination but may not be aware of their legal rights and protections.
Founder & Vision
Our vision is to reach the broken hearted globally who have been victims of domestic violence and abuse (DVA).
See people’s lives healed, restored, and to help them to discover their true personal purpose.
To love the unlovable, reach the unreachable and be the voice of marginalised people.
Take the message of hope all over the world, especially in places where people are oppressed.
Raise awareness about domestic violence against all men and women over the world.
Build a safe havens where women can receive healing as well as practical advice on how to move forward in their lives.
Our Mission Statement
To deliver and implement a message of hope, restoration, liberty, forgiveness and redemption
Build secure and robust communities – Building lives, restoring hope and dignity.
Fikelephi is an author, a mentor and a speaker. She has many years of business experience gained through the banking sector. As an extension of her life and career coaching experience, Fikelephi has also trained as a victim of crime advocate, specialising in sexual and domestic gender base violence and abuses. She has written her most sought after book, ‘Against All Odds I Survived!’ which has touched the lives and hearts of many women all around the world. ‘Against All Odds I Survived’ carries a message of hope, restoration, and forgiveness.
Fikelephi is the Founder at AOS and the Proprietor of Fikelephi Jackson Ministries (FJM). As an activist, Fikelephi has been sought after by businesses and NGOs, particularly in Africa. She has also featured in several TV and various Radios Shows both in the UK and in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Furthermore, Fikelephi runs her own weekly online radio show called, Against All Odds Radio Show.
Fikelephi has been nominated for awards and has received the Life Effects and Galaxy Awards. She held important leadership roles within her church and is an ordained Evangelist. Fikelephi Jackson is happily married and is the mother of seven beautiful children.
‘Against All Odds’ has been working to support safeguarding and protection women and children for some time. Our voluntary help and support have since developed, which was derived from the passion of the Founder. We recognised from our experiences that many women, especially Africans suffer in silence in order to retain their home or protect their family honour.
As a result of our personal experiences and cultural background knowledge, we therefore felt the time was right to provide structured programs that will actively support and equip new groups and beneficiaries. Domestic violence and abuse and gender base violence is a subject that is a taboo in some communities and countries. Behind the stats and figures, these victims are often found to be orphaned or widowed and even fatherless. Therefore, our objects are to relieve need of women and children and restore their lives and empower them.
With the images, we so often see on television these days, people have become desensitised to the appalling conditions in which weak and vulnerable people find themselves. Like many Africans, as a young child in Africa our Founder Fikelephi Jackson found herself in intolerable conditions as she grew up and was forced to fend for herself against all the odds of being fatherless, and suffering war, poverty, abuse and betrayal. She knows at first hand the stigma and the emotional trauma and psychological scars this brings with such upbringing. It is people like this that we reach, and this forms our vision for our work. Fikelephi, however, has survived against all these odds and has since gone on to lead a far more fulfilling life as well as helping others. She has written the story of her experiences in the life changing autobiography ‘Against All Odds (I Survived!)’ published in April 2013.
Therefore, it was against this background that this has naturally evolved off the back of Fikelephi’s book, which has been the inspiration for many who have read her story and have come to know what she represents and stands for. Some have also joined from this vision’s inception to take up the challenge to fight for equality and the rights of women and children within society no matter where this may be.
Pauline Long is a multi-award winning entrepreneur, philanthropist and TV presenter/producer who has been listed on BLACK WOMEN IN EUROPE POWER LIST. She is ambassador for Universal Peace Federation and founder of GAWW (Global Africa Women’s Week). She is the Owner and founder of BEFFTA Global brand and award winning film studio East End studios and Mr and Miss East Africa UK. She also has her premiere global TV talk show THE PAULINE LONG SHOW on Sky Channel 182.
The mother of two is a youth mentor and an advocate for human love who is an ambassador for several charitable organisations.
AOS is registered in the UK with Company House, registration number 8672262. Incorporated as a limited company with guarantees that is not having share capital, which operates as a non-profit organisation; that is a charitable company.