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From Personal Transformation to Peacebuilding Impact

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Supplying a Missing Link in Peacebuilding

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Effectively Transforming mindsets, attitudes, wellbeing and behaviour

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Laying a Strong Psycho-social Foundation for Sustainable Peace

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An Integrative Approach to Sustainable Peace

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Human, Holistic, Highly Effective

Welcome

IAHV Peacebuilding Programs effectively transform the mindsets, attitudes, wellbeing and behaviour of individuals and communities engaged in or affected by conflict and violence.

Cooperating with other organisations in a holistic approach, IAHV lays a strong psycho-social foundation in which other peace and development efforts can take root.

Supplying this missing link in peacebuilding, we turn personal transformation into greater peacebuilding impact.

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Impact

  • 150.000+ trauma-relief beneficiaries (Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, India, US, Balkans, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, Northern Caucasus and Afghanistan)
  • 2000+fighters laid down arms (Kashmiri militants, Naxalite terrorists, FARC rebels, Kosovo Liberation Army veterans, the LTTE in Sri Lanka, militants in Assam, Maoists in Nepal)
  • Gangs: reintegration of gang members
  • Colombia breakthrough in peace process: FARC leadership embraces Gandhian principles of non-violence and agrees to speed up the peace process after mediation by IAHV Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in June 2015.
  • Prisons worldwide: rehabilitation programs for 400.000 prisoners and staff
  • Reconciliation between tribes/villages

What We Do

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Trauma Relief, Resilience and Empowerment

Effective, accessible and scalable workshops significantly reducing symptoms of PTS,  anxiety and depression through a self-empowering approach

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Preventing and Transforming Violent Extremism – Mobilising Youth for Peace

Effective transformation of attitudes and behaviours  of radicalised individuals and groups and their nonviolent empowerment, reintegration of ex-combatants, and healing and resilience for survivors, affected families and communities.

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Towards Integrated Peacebuilding: Psychosocial Skills and Professional Care for Peacebuilders in the Field

Designed by experienced practitioners and peace workers, our bespoke training programs provide professional peacebuilders and peacebuilding organizations with the experience and skills to improve and integrate psychosocial skills and self- care into their peacebuilding work.

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Social Cohesion: Dialogue and Reconciliation

Individual and community programs providing healing and well-being, transcending identity based conflict and sectarianism, building social resilience and cohesion and motivating participation in reconciliation activities

Testimonials

“I wholeheartedly endorse the IAHV Peacebuilding Program that you are launching. I firmly believe that IAHV has the promise of bringing something unique and impactful to traditional peacebuilding efforts.”
Sanjay Pradhan, Vice-President World Bank Institute

“I think this will address the roots of conflict, the psychological dimension that nobody deals with or comes close to. They think it is something very complicated. They need to find solutions for difficult cases and treat each case separately. However, this is an effective group approach for psycho-social issues.” Sanaa, social worker, Beirut

“You send people to a workshop for a week and you figure they’re going to feel better. But to see something one year after is pretty amazing.” Dr. Emma Seppala, Associate Director Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford

“You are more effective in psycho-social support than any of the specialized agencies.” Youth worker, Tripoli, Lebanon

“Now we can trust again. We did not trust anyone anymore.” Displaced Yazidi from Sinjar, Iraq

“This (IAHV Programs) needs to spread across Syria and Lebanon.” Social activist, Tripoli, Lebanon

“I was very happy in the course. Very happy. I learned exercises that relax my body. My heart was emptied from all problems and burdens. It made us get rid of the tension and anger. I wish that all people will come to this happy place.” Malik, 12 yr, Bab Al Tabaneh, Tripoli, Lebanon

“I wish it wouldn’t be just 7 days program, I hope IAHV can have a center here where we can come to you. Just as you opened a door for us please open it to others too, this is what matters to us.” Ibrahim, Syrian youth refugee from Aleppo, Haret Hreik

“I observed many victims of war suffering from PTS in serious post-conflict circumstances in Kosovo. IAHV trainings have significantly helped them in their recovery.” Vehbi Rafuni, Director, Association for Disabled Kosovo Liberation Army Veterans

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IAHV Peacebuilding

IAHV is an international non-profit organisation with consultative status at ECOSOC (UN) which implements its programs across cultures in 150 countries. IAHV Peacebuilding’ addresses two vital factors, which influence the way communities prevent, mitigate and transform conflict and build peace. First, we offer programs and trainings which empower individuals who are involved in or affected by conflict and violence, having identified the clear linkage between individuals and the roles they play in animating effective and positive institutions, sectors, and societies. Second, we promote universal human values such as non-violence, dignity, equity, justice and well- being, which produce a positive impact on the way individuals, relationships and communities interact at every level of society. Focusing on the individual as the basis for social and political transformation is how we turn personal transformation into peacebuilding impact.
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"The training with Miss Manal suited me as I am a mother of martyrs; I felt mentally and physically relaxed and I wish that we always have trainings for the body to get rid of worries."

Our Lebanon team continues to provide relief to Syrian refugees affected by war and trauma, such as these mothers in Tripoli.
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The first Healing, Resilience and Empowerment Volunteer Training in UK complements the building up of teams across Europe to provide Iahv support to refugees and traumatised populations. We spent 3 intense days with 23 trainers and volunteers from Manchester, Liverpool and London looking deeper into trauma, workshop delivery, strategy and planning to reach out to survivors of terror, refugees and Grenfell tower fire affected people. Ready to go!
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IAHV Peacebuilding shared IAHV Peacebuilding Lebanon's post.September 21st, 2017 at 5:41pm
"When the school was without this activity, we were a little bit bored and there was no one to take away from us worries and fatigue and teach us how to get rid of anger and this sorrow… but after we saw how we became, we love the school more and we have moved away from the life of hatred, anger and hatred, and we have become more peaceful than before. I love you." [8th-grader on 2nd of day training]

Testimonies from children affected by war and violence in Tripoli, Lebanon."
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Amazing feedback from the children in Tripoli after only few hours of workshops conducted by our IAHV Peacebuilding Lebanon team on the ground!
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IAHV PeacebuildingSeptember 21st, 2017 at 5:41pm
Today offers another AMAZING DAY for IAHV!

For the next 15 hours there is another BIG opportunity for IAHV PEACEBUILDING✌️ and your support to share this information to your networks would be appreciated.

Our fundraising partner Global Giving is offering to provide up to 200% match funding for all donations that come in during a 15hour period from NOW until 5am (UK Time) Thursday morning.

PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH OTHERS in SUPPORT of our
Syrian Refugee Programmes being offered in
Lebanon 🇱🇧 and Jordan 🇯🇴

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/jordan-and-lebanon-peace-building-18000-children/

AND we have launched our brand 👍 new project ✅

U.K. 🇬🇧 Trauma Relief Fund
https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/uk-trauma-relief-outreach/
to enable the IAHV to offer outreach programs to support those affected by the terror attacks on Manchester, London Bridge and Westminster as well as the Grenfell Tower disaster.

In support of the launch of this initiative we have a very special training taking place in Manchester Aug 4-6 called Healing, Resilience and Empowerment to train more Art of Living people for this important work.

There are FOUR ways you can help.

1 - SHARE this information far and wide to encourage people to support these two important fundraising efforts

2 - JOIN the Manchester Training (if you have the pre-qualifications - 1 Happiness 😊 Program / 1 Art of Silence / regular daily practice / willingness to commit to the Peacebuilding team for 1 year in whatever way you are able.

3 - RESERVE your place on a future training (locations / dates to be confirmed depending on interest) and take an active role in recruiting more people to create an active Peacebuilding Unit in your region or country.

4 - DONATE to help support any of the projects even £10 goes a long way (and is being MATCH FUNDED today!! Recurring donations of 3 months or more get matched at 200% one off donations get matched at 50%.

I will post the leader board throughout the day to let you know how we are doing!

Thanks in advance for your support and participation!

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