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 the 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.
Our vision is to reach the broken hearted globally who have been victims of domestic violence and abuse.
See people’s lives healed and restored.
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 safe havens where women can receive healing as well as practical advice on how to move forward in their lives.
To build secure and robust communities – Rebuilding lives, restoring hope and dignity.
Our Mission Statement
To deliver and implement a message of hope, restoration and liberty.
Are to serve our communities, give hope and build trust.
Serve | Hope | Trust
After the author, Fikelephi Jackson, published her successful book, titled ‘Against All Odds I Survived!’ she founded her non-profit organization, called, Against All Odds Still Standing (AOS) UK. Fikelephi is a sought-after activist. Her passion is to see positive transformation in the lives of men and women who ordinarily might not have had a good chance at succeeding in life. Her team at the AOS works hard to organise glitzy annual anniversary fundraising dinner ball events. These successful events have aided AOS to effectively deepen its work in support of safeguarding and protection of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women and children in recent times.
AOS actively seeks to end abuse and violence against women and children. The organisation’s objectives are to support and provide relief for victims, survivors and people who are vulnerable to domestic violence / abuse and discrimination in UK communities and abroad. Many survivors are orphans and widows, as evident in AOS’s outreach work in Malawi.
AOS rebuilds lives and restores hope, both of which contribute to the evolution of secure and robust communities.
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.
Maureen Mbondiah Mandipaza
Maureen Mbondiah Mandipaza
Founder of Womanhood Global
United Kingdom (UK)
Maureen Mbondiah is the founder of Womanhood Global an organisation that seeks to Empower Educate Equip from disadvantaged communities Globally. Recently her organisation successfully held a fundraising dinner which generated income to purchase over 10 sewing machines for women in rural Africa to be self sufficient. Other fundraising projects include Womanhood Global Magazine which was launched in Jan 2016 as a business entity of the organisation the magazine is a Community Business and Health magazine which seeks to provide a platform to inspire women across the globe through real life stories. She is an entrepreneur who runs her own recruitment health agency in the United Kingdom and clothing boutique Moskloset. She is also an Author for a the Book of Inspiration for Women with over 300 women from across the world
Colin as co-founder of AOS has supported the organisation from its inception. He brings a flare of stability that sustains its operations to date. Colin holds a degree in African and Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He also studied Development, Administration and Planning, at a Post Graduate level at the University College London (UCL). Also, an associate member of the British Computer Society (AMBCS), and for the BCS Chartered Institute for IT Professionals (CITP). As well as being a full member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI), incorporated by royal charter.
He has worked on African based development projects and has development workshop knowledge with the consultancy of the Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), part of UCL’s global faculty of the built environment at London, UK. Colin also works with a Healthcare NHS Trust in the disbursement of Health & Local Authority budgets and data management. He was also elected for a Credit Union; where he briefly performed duties as a member of the Credit Committee.
An avid reader and writer, Colin also is a dedicated husband and a loving father of seven purpose driven children. As well as a keen member of his church.
Born in Jamaica, Claudette is married with three adult children and two grandchildren. Claudette has developed an interest in healthcare and is now a retired nurse manager and work part-time in a developmental capacity in the NHS. During her Christian journey, she has been privileged to serve the church in a variety of ways including work on the local and national Boards of Administration in secretarial, financial and advisory capacities, as a Street Pastor involved in ministry overseas as well as locally, giving leadership to smaller groups. All have helped her to appreciate the correlation between responsibility and accountability.
As a graduate from London School of Theology Claudette is also a trained counsellor who has had several speaking engagements throughout the UK. From her experiences and core values of justice mercy and integrity, Claudette can bring to this role, leadership, managerial, counselling skills, as well as being a significant other in the development of others.
Dr SAHADEV SWAIN
A GP Partner and finance lead, Luton Bedfordshire
I’m a GP partner and finance lead for an inner city teaching practice that serves a multi-ethnic population in one of the most deprived areas of Luton - that in itself brings challenges to the job.
As a GP and family planning trainer with a special interest in women’s health, I run a fortnightly clinic in my practice.
I really enjoy the education side of my work and am recognised as a clinical teacher at the Clinical School in Cambridge teaching and examining medical students on a sessional basis.
My portfolio role has included prevention, heath inequality and research. Highlights are the establishment of a Luton-wide patient reference group and commissioning a one stop prevention service called Luton Wellbeing. I was a CCG Board member and GP advisor on the primary care improvement research project ‘IMPROVE’ lead by Professor Martin Roland, CBE of Cambridge University.
Vivian background is in marketing. Her roles within Against All Odds include Business Support/PA and Protocol. By divine connection, Vivian has been mentored by Fikelephi since late 2013 and her wonderful program with her personal touch methods has impacted positively. It made her decide to become a part of this awesome organisation.
She is an Ambassador of Against All Odds Still Standing, UK and also a member of the management team. Vivian is married with four children and a homemaker. Also, she serves as one of the leaders in her local church.
Sukaena is head of Protocol team, which encompasses her role of Ambassadors and recruiting Partners for Against All Odds Still Standing. In addition, she is an active member within Team AOS for events consisting of MC, Stage management and Ushering.
Her work background was within the Education sector. However, she has been a stay at home mum caring for five champions, Josiah, Isaac, Micah, Zachariah and recently baby Emmanuella, also not forgetting her loving husband Shane.
Sukaena is very pleased to be mentored by Fikelephi Jackson and was inspired to join the team.
DR MICHAEL UGORJI
Michael Odichi Dan Ugorji (PhD.) Is a strategic communications expert with experience in corporate communications, reputation management and media for development. He has worked in multinational organisations and the non-profit sector in three continents. His interest in development management took him to the United Nations HQ in New York where worked as an intern and research assistant for some months. He currently works with AOS-UK as the Programmes and stakeholder manager.
Miss Mbiri Mulamba
Single Mother of 1 (daughter name leena 15yrs)
An entrepreneur (retail and outside catering services)
Ambassador Against all odds
Currently Youth chairperson @ CALVARY Family Church as well as serving as a Deacon
Politics: actively participating in politics since 2012, contacted in the last local government elections 2019 , didn’t win but will try again National Secretary General Youth Wing in the United Democratic Front
Hobbies: reading volunteering running.
A young devoted born again Malawian lady, 36 years of age. I have walked with Jesus since 2002 when I received Jesus as my Lord and saviour. I have a certificate in Prevention of mother to child transmission and HIV Pediatric Care. I also have a certificate in HIV Counselling and Testing services. I have worked with different organisations in Malawi to do with HIV/AIDS issues. I was also previleged to be the only lady witnesse in the Malawi Constitutional Elections Court case which saw the court nullifying and ordering of the fresh elections.I have passion for needy. My wish is to see my nation progressing. Iam now empowering women and children who gets harassed and victimised because there voice is not been heard. Finally IAM a member of AOS Malawi mission. I have been in the mission from 2015. I have contributed to the lives of needy children who have made it through AOS, a good example been Mphatso Mathews who is now advancing his degree at Chancellor collage.
JOAB FRANK CHAKHAZA
Winston Mwale is a London School of Journalism-trained Malawian award-winning journalist, who has covered stories in his native country as well as abroad. Although he covers various beats, Winston is passionate about human rights, education, and water, sanitation and hygiene beats.
Joannah Dube is a Banker with almost 20 years experience in the banking industry. She is married to Judge Dube and they are blessed with three beautiful children. Together with her husband they founded Wealthy Word International Ministries which has three branches in Zimbabwe. Joannah has a passion in empowering women within the ministry and she has founded a project Woman of Capacity where ladies are encouraged and motivated to work with their hands and achieve their God given destiny. Joannah also enjoys training women to look after themselves and always be presentable.
Sandi is a Politics & Public Management Graduate & currently studying Monitoring and Evaluation Postgraduate Special Honors. Young, ambitious and versatile lady. Very keen to empower others in every way possible. Sandokuhle’s strengths include teamwork, capacity building, ability to work in any environment and versatility. Her dream is to be a Human Rights Activist and a Humanitarian.220
Ntombisibili Ndiweni,born in Bulawayo is a Social worker,who has been involved in voluntary community work for the larger part of her career focusing mostly on vulnerable women and children.Professionally she has worked with a number NGO"s in and outside Zimbabwe in her quest to be of service to the vulnerable.
Sipho Nsimbi is a committed development practitioner, peacebuilder and women rights defender. Her focus is on empowering disadvantaged women and girls to be productive, financially independent and to manage conflict sitautions non violently. She facilitates this through skills training, promoting sustainable living and conflict resolution training. Working with AOS is strategic in advancing this mandate of giving women some life choices.
-Director @ Matebeleland Widows & Single Parents Trust
- Founding Trustee @ Alternatives to Violence Project Zimbabwe(AVPZ)
- Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe, Byo Chapter vice chair
Patscencia Vundla is a business woman who has run a plethora of businesses over the past 13 years. She has run businesses in the UK and also in Zimbabwe. She is currently running True Elegance, an events and catering company which has subsidiary companies specialising in Spa treatments; Travel and Tours; Seniors Social Club, Groceries and True Elegance Fitness Club. Patscencia holds a degree in Health and Social Sciences. Pat is currently a manager at Spa Health Care, she specializes in assessing the client's health, ability, nutritional and needs. She has a vast experience in health and social care and respite services. Patscencia owns various business in Zimbabwe.
Odeta Dube is a mother of one beautiful daughter. She resides in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She runs a successful beading project. Her company Muffet Creations Jewellery also trains other people in bead work. She specializes in seed beads where she makes intricate and fashionable jewellery. She is passionate about empowering young boys to learn the art. Her other projects are making floor polish and petroleum jelly for resale. She is also a fitness enthusiast who takes part in marathons. Her facebook page is Muffet Creations.
Dija Kalonga Mubhau
Dija Kalonga Mubhau is married with 2 children. She is an entrepreneur who together with her siblings own a company called ShaCha Enterprises which manufactures cleaning equipment like brooms sticks, brooms, mops, brushes etc. She is a qualified bookkeeper and works at a Bulawayo garage as a bookkeeper. She is also a consultant and does books for small businesses which seek her services. She also runs a successful chicken project
Brenda Nyaruwa Simango
My name is Brenda Nyaruwa Simango, I'm an entrepreneur based in Zambia,married and have 3 beautiful children.My role in Against All Odds is spearheading the Zambian team of currently 3 active members including my self.Against All Odds Still Standing (AOS Zambia) we deal with Women who have been affected by Domestic Violence. We do Workshops & Empowerment programmes. We recently carried out Covid-19 Food Hampers to all our Beneficiaries in Zambia Livingstone.
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