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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)
  • 7400+ 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

Trauma Relief, Resilience and Empowerment

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

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.

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.

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 Peacebuilding shared International Association for Human Values - UK's post.5 days ago
Verge Magazine published an article in conversation with #Syrian #refugee #youth who participated in IAHV's Youth Peacebuilding Leadership Program in Jordan this Summer - http://vergemagazine.co.uk/verge-works-iahv-peacebuilding-unit-discussing-war-violence-resilience-syrian-refugee-youth/
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IAHV Peacebuilding is with Filiz Taşdemir and 2 others.2 weeks ago
18 new graduates from 5 different parts of Turkey are now ready to bring Healing and Resilience to trauma affected people. It was a gratifying weekend to witness their transformation during the 1st HRE Training of Volunteers in Istanbul. Looking forward to sharing testimonials from them in the near future. #peacepiecebypiece
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IAHV Peacebuilding shared IAHV-Belgium's post.3 weeks ago
Activities continue in #Brussels to improve self management & resilience of those working with difficult groups. #cve #selfmanagement #professionalcare
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IAHV Peacebuilding added 4 new photos.2 months ago
Proud of these brave women who just became trainers to spread Iahv stress relief techniques for Syrian and Jordanian children affected by violence and war. Trained in Irbid, Jordan, 20 km from the border with Syria, they are inspired to go out as pioneers in their schools and communities across Irbid governorate.

Peacebuilding Project in Jordan
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#Peacebuilding #traumarelief #syrianrefugees #refugeechildren #syrianchildren #refugeecrisis #traumarecovery #resilience #Healing #Trauma #NonviolentEmpowerment
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"When I was in Syria I was studying and my dream was to become a dentist. But after the crisis in our country I had to leave. I had nothing, everything was lost. I did not know what to do. I had no future. My life has changed a lot due to this (IAHV training). I became more calm and less reactive. I can relate to people. I don't judge so quickly. The feeling is indescribable!"
(Youth Peace Ambassadors Training for vulnerable youth in Jordan, Aug 2017)
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In the framework of its project "Healing, Resilience and Nonviolent Empowerment for war-affected children in Jordan", IAHV offered Youth Anti-Violence & Peac...
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