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.


  • 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


“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


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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Double your impact now for war affected children - World Refugee Day 20 June!

Today more people than ever are displaced on our planet. IAHV peacebuilding is at the epicenter of conflict zones, transforming war-traumatized children into peace ambassadors in their communities, breaking the cycle of violence .

How can you help?
Mark your calendar:
Donate on 20 June 6.00 am cet as your donation counts as double on World Refugee Day!

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#Donate #BeProactive #WorldRefugeeDay #WithRefugees #RefugeeDay #Refugees #RefugeesWelcome #Education #JoinTogether #GlobalGoals #LeaveNoOneBehind #Inclusion #Migration #Children #Transformation #Peace #ABetterWorld #Awareness #GlobalImpact
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Our directors team Katrien Hertog and Nina Hemraj Noorali at the Oslo Peace Center last week during the address of IAHV founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on the environment and peace : “Outer cleanliness can be sustained only by keeping our hearts clean. Protect your enthusiasm, simplicity & compassion & you will be far more effective in preserving your environment.” ... See MoreSee Less

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"In the 3-months that I've been living back in Lebanon, I've spoken to many kids who saw their own parents being killed. Now, war-affected kids don't have access to treatment or money for anti-depressants and for some regions of the world, foreigners are too afraid to set foot where they live, meaning they receive little aid and end up feeling completely abandoned. That's why I was so moved to hear about IAHV Peacebuilding in Tripoli. They are a mix of volunteers from Tripoli and the world who refuse to give up on these kids and after speaking to so many of the youths who attend, their happiness and appreciation for this NGO was palpable."

Tania Safi, a talented filmmaker from Lebanon / Australia, came to film IAHV's peacebuilding project in Tripoli. Her sharp eye has definitely captured the often intangible but surely undeniable changes IAHV is bringing about to create more peaceful homes, schools and communities. Tania is on a mission to show the world the good that is happening in Lebanon, and especially in Tripoli, and we are very grateful for her visit.

You can support us with much needed funding, every day, but especially on International Refugee Day 20th June, when all donations will be matched 100% by Global Giving.

Click on the below link for more info, to donate, or to receive a reminder to donate on 20th June.
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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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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
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
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.