From Personal Transformation to Peacebuilding Impact

Effectively Transforming mindsets, attitudes, wellbeing and behaviour

Laying a Strong Psycho-social Foundation for Sustainable Peace

An Integrative Approach to Sustainable Peace

Human, Holistic, Highly Effective

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.

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

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

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

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

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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Support our ongoing  work with War-Affected children in Lebanon and Jordan

Donate directly to provide Healing, Resilience and Nonviolent Empowerment and to prevent recruitment for 18.000 war-affected children in Lebanon and Jordan.

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"We have high hopes in these incredibly smart, creative and resilient youth who have been working so hard to be the change they want to create."
Christian Matta, IAHV Trainer, Lebanon

"لدينا آمال كبيرة في هؤلاء الشباب الأذكياء والمبدعين والمرنين الذين عملوا بجد ليكونوا التغيير الذي يريدون خلقه." كريستيان متى ، مدرب في الهيئة الدولية للقيم الإنسانية

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A special day for children living in difficult circumstances in Tripoli: Lebanese and Syrian children could leave their lives and pasts of stress, conflict and violence behind for a day of music, dance, nature walks, games, breathing and relaxation and most of all, getting to know each other for the first time!

These children and youth have been participating in trauma-relief, nonviolent empowerment and artistic training workshops by IAHV Peacebuilding Lebanon and Cross_arts over the last 2 years.
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Children who have experienced and seen war, violence, stress and trauma were playing, singing, breathing, walking, eating together yesterday. These are 75 children who participated in IAHV's youth programs in Tripoli over the last 2 years. Syrian and Lebanese who usually do not meet or interact had the chance to really meet and discover "the other". They truly enjoyed a day of nature, fresh air, space, music and games as a re-energising break from their daily living contexts.
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2 months ago

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We are so proud of our peace ambassadors in Lebanon and Jordan!Sharing their personal vision of a peaceful world is a unique and delicate process for youth whose daily lives are marked by conflict and violence.

IAHV’s Youth Peace Ambassadors design and implement awareness raising and peacebuilding projects to prevent and reduce violence in their families, schools and communities.

تعد مشاركة رؤيتهم الشخصية لعالم مسالم عملية فريدة وحساسة للشباب الذين تتسم حياتهم اليومية بالصراع والعنف.

يقوم سفراء السلام الشباب في الهيئة الدولية للقيم الإنسانية بتصميم وتنفيذ مشاريع لزيادة الوعي وبناء السلام لتفادي وتقليل العنف في أسرهم ومدارسهم ومجتمعاتهم.

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Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 at 2:34am
“You had a big impact on our (divided)community” (Community leader in Menshieh, Jordan) How does @IAHVPB create positive impact in conflict and war zones? Find out https://t.co/2IV9GyJ7l2
Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at 11:05pm
Empowering refugees to avoid depression and aggression and live their hopes - @RajitaBagga addressing European Refugee Forum of @RVentures with @IAHVPB https://t.co/35ea46UWVC
Sunday, June 10th, 2018 at 9:13pm
Iahv’s approach to preventing and transforming violent extremism #cve has been included in the #RAN collection - the Radicalisation Awareness Network set up by the EU that collects best practice approaches across Europe.
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