Enhancing the lives of women and girls
Ifarada: Centre for Excellence is proud to offer, “Usalama” [safety] Safer Families Program. This programs focuses on providing family outreach services to women and girls requiring safety, healthy relationships, and guidance.
What We Do
Virtual and in-person outreach and solution focused therapy to support families impacted by intimate partner violence, child protection concerns, and family conflict.
Virtual support group for women and girls aged 16 years old and up, designed to teach healthy relationship skills, understanding intimate partner violence, and improving boundaries and safety.
Virtual and in-class workshops and webinars designed for girls on healthy relationships, understanding intimate partner violence, reinforcing safety, and emotional regulation.
Through the support of the Safer & Stronger Families Grant provided by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, we are proud to offer usalama: Safer Families Program.
Support Group Length
Types of Workshops Offered
Women, girls and families supported
Program Principles and Philosophy
Women and girls experience gender-based violence and inequities within their homes, their communities, and region. COVID-19 has heightened concerns of intimate partner violence, human trafficking, and unsafe conditions for women. Black, Indigenous and people of colour are at greater risk due to racism, inequity, gender-inequality, and lack of culturally-safe resources. This program is grounded in creating “safety” for families through outreach, advocacy, and prevention. The program uses a culturally-relevant, trauma-informed and equity-based program that is geared towards the unique needs of our community.
- Trauma-Informed Practice: Black, Indigenous and Women of Colour experience inequity within Canadian systems that reinforce distrust and fear with service providers. In addition, intergenerational traumatic experiences are inherent within culture that has reinforced harmful values and beliefs about women and gender roles.
- Culturally-Relevant: African and Indigenous culture is rich in healing methods that focus on a holistic and reciprocal approach to healing, wellness, and understanding.
- Empowerment: Ifarada’s programs are client-centered and developed by women with lived experiences due to their gender and sexual identity, their culture, and ethnicity. The focus is on cultivating the strength women possess for their healing.
“Excellence through Knowledge”
I learn, I understand
“Excellence through Support”
I am not alone, I belong
“Excellence through Capacity-Building”
I am great because we are
Articles and Programs
The following course content is some of the rich, success-based curriculum within our girls programming. In addition to using curriculum based for groups and girls, we also incorporate therapeutic interventions such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy and more. What does it mean to be a girl– examining your […]
Supporting women forge healthy relationships with their partners, their family, and friends
Participate in educational videos published for parents in January 2021. The following resources have been published to support families. The videos range in topic, such as healthy relationships, communication, mindfulness and emotional regulation, parental resiliency and mental health awareness. Parenting Resources Library Healthy Communication Healthy Relationship Mindfulness Mental Health Resiliency Mental Awareness Resiliency The Impact […]
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