Lebanon and Jordan: Healing, Nonviolent Empowerment and Preventing Extremism for War-affected Children

About This Project

Target Groups:

  • 18.000 vulnerable, at-risk and high potential Iraqi and Syrian refugee + host community children in Jordan and Lebanon;
  • 300 teachers, caregivers, peace/ social/youth frontline workers;
  • 3.000 parents / family / community members

What is the problem?

Refugee children in North Lebanon and North Jordan face anxiety, depression, sleeping problems, PTS, anger and aggression, lack of purpose, domestic violence, substance abuse, risk of recruitment, even increasing suicide. With the Syrian crisis in its 5th year, reduced international funds and resources, chronically overstretched services in host countries, we need innovative, scalable and effective methods to provide relief and empowerment and prevent long term consequences.

Project Summary

14,000+ children from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan will receive basic training in stress relief and resilience tools, while 400 children most at risk of violent behaviour, self-harm, suicide, aggression or recruitment, will receive deep trauma-relief, empowerment and human values training.  Specially trained Youth Peace Ambassadors will design and implement awareness raising and peacebuilding projects to prevent and reduce violence in their families, schools and communities.

In parallel, we will provide parents, families, caregivers, community members, teachers, caseworkers, youth and protection workers, with stress management and coping tools to enable them to provide a supportive and violence free environment for the children. A selected number of teachers and NGO staff will be trained as trainers to keep multiplying these techniques in their schools and communities on a sustainable basis.


3 years (Starting date 15th December 2016)



In order to make sure this project will benefit the children most at risk and least supported, IAHV consulted key stakeholders in Amman and the refugee camps in Jordan, as well as in Tripoli, Lebanon. Together with representatives of the ministries, municipalities, local and international NGO’s, UN agencies and others, we analysed the driving factors of violence in children’s lives which need to be addressed, and looked into which services are already provided and where the gaps exist.
Stakeholders expressed that IAHV programs are needed on a big scale, but especially for unaccompanied refugee children and their foster families, overstretched frontline workers, and violence affected schools in Tripoli.


Our team has been visiting different Embassies in Jordan and Lebanon to raise awareness about IAHV’s innovative, effective and scalable peacebuilding approach and to explore cooperation and synergies with ongoing programs and priority areas. The diplomats expressed a lot of interest in our programs and we enjoyed the engaging and informative conversations.



In a regional culture where NGO’s are often suspected of serving one interest or the other, where “volunteers” expect payment, and where NGO staff often work for salaries, not from inspiration, we are extremely fortunate and grateful to work with our inspired, selfless and committed teams who care deeply for humanity.


20 November

Middle East