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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

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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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IAHV PeacebuildingJanuary 16th, 2017 at 3:34am
"This will address the roots of conflict. The psychosocial dimension no one is dealing with." (Social worker, Lebanon)

Today we officially start a 3-year EU funded project to provide Healing, Resilience and Nonviolent Empowerment to 18.000 children in Jordan and Lebanon who are affected by war and violence. We will also provide a supportive environment for the children by strengthening the capacity and resilience of 3.300 teachers, youth and social workers as well as parents and caregivers. Both youth and adults will be trained to provide Stress Relief and Resilience programs in their schools and communities, as well as to work on the prevention and reduction of violence in their lives in Tripoli, Lebanon, and refugee camps in Jordan.

Hear from the children themselves how IAHV programs are helping them to cope with the stress of war and violence: https://youtu.be/EILM4cSc564

We still need to raise 22.815 GBP to complement our funding necessary for the first phase of this project. Kindly donate if you can and spread this message further:
http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/jordan-and-lebanon-peace-building-18000-children/
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IAHV Healing and Resilience for War-affected Children and Youth, Lebanon 2015
Transforming Hearts and Minds for Sustainable Peace. This video demonstrates the vision, work, impact and testimonials of our innovative PeaceBuilding initia...
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IAHV Peacebuilding shared Humanity Moving Forward's post.January 16th, 2017 at 3:34am
The core of IAHV Peacebuilding's approach and objectives is: awakening humanity by being truly human. Beautifully captured by Prof. Marc Gopin , who reflects on decades of conflict resolution experience and what works, in his book Healing the Heart of Conflict.
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IAHV Peacebuilding shared UNICEF's photo.January 16th, 2017 at 3:34am
Dear friends, IAHV is preparing to provide support and trauma-relief for 18.000 children in Lebanon and Jordan affected by the wars. If we can raise 23,999 GBP in the next 11 days, Global Giving will support us with the funds and the identification of additional donors. Please do spread this message far and wide and donate if you can. If everyone can contribute even in a small manner, we can easily reach this goal. This is the time to make a difference, a REAL difference. Thanks for your support. Here is the link: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/jordan-and-lebanon-peace-building-18000-children/
#iahvpb #supportsyrianchildren #iahvuk #peoplecanmakeadifference
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IAHV Peacebuilding added 3 new photos.January 16th, 2017 at 3:34am
At the Court of Antwerp, presenting IAHV's approach to prevention and transformation of radicalisation for 84 youth lawyers who are looking for alternative measures for radicalised youngsters, including those going to Syria.
As pointed out by the procureur in the session, there are currently no effective interventions available in Flanders. Youth are sent to closed centres or not much is done at all.
The response was very positive, with the lawyers interested to follow IAHV's training themselves and set up pilot trainings for youth.
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IAHV Peacebuilding shared International Association for Human Values - UK's photo.January 16th, 2017 at 3:34am

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