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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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Three amazing days of envisioning, brainstorming and intellectual stretching with wonderful colleagues from around the world at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town.
Convinced that Peacebuilding, mental health and psychosocial support need to be better integrated, we drafted guidelines and an action plan to bring both fields #pb and #mhpss closer together for more impactful and sustainable Peacebuilding. Wonderful to be pioneering these crucial developments for the future!
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IAHV PeacebuildingMay 25th, 2017 at 8:35pm
Iahv has been invited to an expert meeting on the integration of Peacebuilding, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Cape Town. The aim of the meeting is to develop a framework and practical guidelines for the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, which unites UN departments and the major international humanitarian organisations. According to the organisers, "iahv is the only organisation we found that has a very well thought through model and is actually implementing it on the ground." Looking forward!
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IAHV PeacebuildingMay 25th, 2017 at 8:35pm
""I started hitting other children and getting angry. That's why I joined these breathing techniques, to be able to control myself and stop fighting." (Mohammad, Al-Mafraq school, Jordan)

In the framework of its project "Healing, Resilience and Non-violent Empowerment for war-affected children in Jordan and Lebanon", IAHV implements low threshold workshops for the most vulnerable and at risk Jordanian and Syrian refugee children. The workshops address psycho-social consequences of conflict and violence, release acute and basic stress and fears, improve sleep and provide relief.

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IAHV PeacebuildingMay 25th, 2017 at 8:35pm
"... I did not imagine this training to be that helpful, but it was really really beneficial..." "...we see very difficult cases here, so we really need to release all that stress. I really feel the difference after just 3 days...." "... I consider myself among the lucky few to be able to attend this training..." "...The joy experienced at the first day back at work was very evident..." "... it strengthens the connection between the teachers and the students..." (social workers in Zaatari Refugee Camp and teachers in Zarqa)

In the framework of its project "Healing, Resilience and Nonviolent Empowerment for war-affected children in Jordan and Lebanon", IAHV is offering Training in Personal Resilience, Stress Management and Professional/ Self-Care for 300 teachers and frontline workers working with children on the ground in order to improve their wellbeing, resilience and performance capacity.

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IAHV PeacebuildingMay 25th, 2017 at 8:35pm
“We are working in an environment that is in dire need of psychosocial activities. I have never seen such an effective stress relief as in this workshop… This will heavily reflect on the type of work that I do, and will allow me to truly benefit the Syrian refugees that I work with.”
(Social worker at Zaatari, the biggest refugee camp in the world)

IAHV is currently providing stress management, trauma-relief, resilience and empowerment programs to 8.000 Syrian and Jordanian children, as well as their parents, teachers and social workers.
Read the first report from our team on the ground and subscribe for updates to our newsletter!

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