Project Agape's Campaigns, geared towards survivor justice, food, hygiene and menstrual security and community building.
MENSTRUAL CARE SECURITY
As a team that encompasses menstruators, we have recognized the need for menstrual freedom with regards to being able to ensure that menstruates have access to supplies for the menstrual health at no cost. Over the last 2 years, we have worked to provide menstrual products to menstruators in the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau. We have provided products to Black menstruators all over these two cities ranging from ages 16-35. We have also served shelters such as St Joe's Women's Centre, Cornerstone and Nelson House in the city of Ottawa. We will annually provide sustainably produced and organic menstrual products to individuals who menstruate in the Ottawa/Gatineau region.
SURVIVOR ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT WORKSHOPS
Project Agape was created by survivors to be able to serve survivors. We accomplish this through hosting events and workshops that focus on survivor advocacy and support. We have hosted and will continue to host numerous workshops such as our self-esteem, self-love, reclaiming sex after trauma, safe space Sundays and more. We also host Instagram lives catered toward survivor justice and empowerment.
GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGNS
We have had the pleasure of being able to host workshops and Instagram campaigns that have educated our community on Gender-Based Violence and anti-oppression principles. Some of our previous campaigns include "Take Pride in your Pleasure", "Radical self-love in Black folks," "educating children on consent," "consent and our community," "personal and sexual boundaries," "academic consent," "consent and wellness," and more. We continue to work towards creating more workshops and conversations around gender-based violence.
As an organization created by immigrant settlers, food security has always been an important part of our lives. A lot of the time, survivors have to leave their home due to feelings of unsafely, home and food security are things that we take into consideration. Food costs continue to grow more and more and a lot of marginalized groups are unable to afford to have a healthy and fresh diet and a lot food banks primarily focus on providing individuals with non-perishable, canned foods. We believe that everyone should have access to safe and healthy food and we aim to do this through providing survivors in the Ottawa community with fresh food. We will be launching our food pantry in the summer of 2022.
Community Building is a key part of our organization's principles. We have hosted numerous events that have allowed us to be able to build community and connect the Ottawa community with support and connections. We have been able to do so through our annual paint and sip event which aims to educate on domestic violence, our annual boozy brunch that is primarily focused on discussing consent, pleasure and boundaries. We hope to be able to grow our Project Agape community more and support survivors in this community.