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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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One project - two countries - one team!
This was one of the main outcomes of our Planning Workshop in Tripoli, Lebanon, where our Jordan, Lebanon and UK teams came together to plan for the 3-year Healing, Resilience and Preventing Extremism project.
Three days filled with deepening understanding about peacebuilding, getting more familiar with the specific peacebuilding objectives of this project, practicing different peacebuilding skills in action, learning more about the implementation context of Tripoli, and effortless team-bonding through discussion, laughter, negotiation, exercises, dance, food and stories.
Every team member felt they had improved their understanding, skills, confidence and connection to the team to be able to fulfil their role in the project.
A strong foundation for our joint work in the coming years to uplift the lives of war-affected children and their immediate environment.
#IAHVJordan #IAHVUK #Crossarts Nisreen Al Otaibi Iman Essa Mutlaq Farah Fahed Hakem Alfayez Christian Matta William Sakakine Samer Tamaz Mony Karrara Nina Hemraj Noorali
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IAHV Peacebuilding shared UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency's video.March 26th, 2017 at 8:07am
IAHV is now working in two of the countries with the most number of refugees in the world, both in absolute numbers and in proportion to local population and GDP.
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Question - which countries host the most refugees? Maybe it's not the ones you think… 3.2 million people were newly uprooted by conflict in the first half of 2016, and poorer countries are bearing the brunt of global displacement crises. “The biggest contributors providing a safe haven to the world’s uprooted people are poorer communities,” said our Refugees Chief Filippo Grandi about our new report, which you can read here: http://trib.al/WegVUkV
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What have we been up to? Read all about IAHV's ongoing Peacebuilding Projects in our latest newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cCWP5X
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Our office of IAHV Jordan in Amman, the headquarters of our project for violence-affected children in Jordan and the hub of constant activity buzzing with inspiration and motivation! Nisreen Al Otaibi Nina Hemraj Noorali Farah Fahed Hakem Alfayez
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IAHV Peacebuilding added 3 new photos.March 26th, 2017 at 8:07am
Visiting different Embassies in Amman to raise awareness about IAHV's innovative, effective and scalable peacebuilding approach and explore cooperation and synergies with ongoing programs and priority areas in Jordan. There was a lot of interest in our programs and we enjoyed the lively, engaging and informative conversations!
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