About This Project
In Europe, IAHV provides Trauma-Relief, Resilience and Empowerment Workshops for refugees. We provide flexible programming, ranging from 1 to 10 hours, as well as follow up sessions.
Volunteers and organisations interested to provide the IAHV trauma-relief and stress management techniques to refugee populations, can attend a 2,5 day Training of Volunteers organised on a regular basis across Europe.
In a next phase, we will offer advanced programs, as well as Peacebuilding Training for refugees who would like to return to rebuild their countries of origin. We will also start with Trainings on Social Cohesion with both refugee and host community populations.
Currently, IAHV Refugee Support Europe is active in Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Greece, Sweden and Luxemburg.
IAHV Refugee Support Netherlands
After Syrian refugees came flooding into the Netherlands, many Dutch citizens felt compelled to support them and offer a helping hand. The same was true for trainers and other volunteers of IAHV and the Art of Living Foundation. This led to the first Healing, Resilience and Empowerment training for volunteers, organised in September 2016. Subsequently, the participants formed 4 regional teams, in different parts of the country.
The teams organize stress release courses for refugees in close cooperation with (governmental) organizations responsible for the reception and support of refugees in the Netherlands. The courses provide the refugees with tools to release stress and relax mentally and physically. After the 3 day course, participants are invited to join the weekly follow ups.
Participants are very enthusiastic about the results of the course and bring their family and friends to join the sessions. The majority originates from Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and Eritrea. They report improved sleep, more peace of mind and improved ability to concentrate during Dutch language classes. According to one of them, even his friend noticed his improved mood after the sessions.
IAHV Refugee Support NL
* empowering refugees with tools to release stress and tension
* working with local teams with expertise regarding work with refugees
* offering long term, weekly support