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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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IAHV in Brussels this week : 1) IAHV advised the EU on existing loopholes in their Peacebuilding strategies which was incorporated in their Annual Action Plan 2017 during the CSO Dialogue meeting
2) Promoting awareness on IAHV's effective and innovative programs at the European Research Council
Help us keep the work going by donating now : http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/jordan-and-lebanon-peace-building-18000-children/
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18000 Refugee children and at-risk youth will be benefited by IAHV Peacebuilding program in Jordan and Lebanon.

They face anxiety, depression, sleeping problems, PTS, anger, aggression, lack of purpose, domestic violence, substance abuse, risk of recruitment and even increasing risk of suicide.
This #charitytuesday they NEED your help - please give them #HOPE by #DONATING on this link - http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/jordan-and-lebanon-peace-building-18000-children/
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IAHV PeacebuildingDecember 3rd, 2016 at 9:32am
From one of our young peacebuilders from around the world who participated in IAHV's Healing, Resilience and Leadership Training at Global Youth Rising, July 2016, Roumenia:

"Today marks the 135th day I am doing the healing and empowerment breathing practice I learned in Romania back in July. Every single day for the last 135 days (6x carried over the next day), I have dedicated a part of my time for myself doing the Sudarshan Kriya-a cleansing practice done through a rythmic breathing technique that eliminates stress and negative emotions. I usually do it along with my morning routine, but also sometimes had to be done in airports, on airplanes, parks, beaches and random benches where I could breathe in some fresh air and get some sun. About 10 times in the 135 days, I cried tears of anger, hatred, blame, frustration, sadness and so much pain and hurt. I initially planned to just finish my '40 day to habit' assignment but decided to keep continuing....and here I am, day 135 and I keep making significant changes to my life. I am beyond grateful! My motivation for today is to continue on! #gratitude #lifeisbeautiful #kriya "
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IAHV's Welcome Home Troops project on Fox News - helping war veterans who tried everything else in vain to overcome their traumatic stress symptoms post-war.
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