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.


2 weeks ago

IAHV Peacebuilding

“Bullying hurts everyone”
“Be the change you want to see”
“No hatred”
“Bullying is not a joke”
“Act don’t react”
“I bully you bully she bullies”

Iahv Youth Peace Ambassadors spreading nonviolence and human values in and around the #lebanonprotests through a traditional dabke dance, attracting lots of curiosity. Caring deeply about the widespread bullying in Lebanese society and the pain it causes, they have taken the steps to change themselves and the responsibility to create a more peaceful and friendly world.
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3 weeks ago

IAHV Peacebuilding

Deep grievances, anger and frustration about living conditions in Lebanon, which have been too difficult for too long for too many people, are clearly voiced now. We call upon all people in Lebanon to uphold nonviolence in the protests. Now is the time to have courage, self-restraint, faith and perseverance. The struggle may be long and the desired change may be slow. However violence will increase casualties, divisions, destruction and suffering on all sides. Let's move together courageously and non-violently to build a prosperous Lebanon that upholds human values of responsibility, honesty, cooperation and respect for all.
#livelovetripoli #peacebuilding #lebanon #lovelebanon #beirut #union
#nonviolence #solidarity #futureforlebanon #tripoli #readyforchange #humanvalues
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2 months ago

IAHV Peacebuilding

“I wanted to bring peace in society but I didn’t know how. Now, after IAHV’s Youth Peace Ambassadors Training, I feel peaceful myself and I know how we can spread peace.”

100 Youth Peace Ambassadors, Syrian and Lebanese, are empowered inside out to spread peace in their lives and communities, in Tripoli and beyond.

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4 months ago

IAHV Peacebuilding

Syrian and Lebanese IAHV volunteer trainers and social workers in challenging areas took an intensive 5 day IAHV Advanced Training in Ehden, Lebanon. They rested deeply, learnt new powerful techniques, reflected on life and their role, and became stronger and more skilled to shape a peaceful society.
IAHV Peacebuilding Lebanon
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Monday, October 28th, 2019 at 10:24pm
@iahvpb Youth Peace Ambassadors spreading awareness about the widespread bullying in Lebanese society & the pain it causes, through a traditional dabke dance, in and around the #LebanonProtests in #Tripoli. @RudiVranckx @LBCI_News_EN @MTVEnglishNews
Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 at 2:52pm
It’s happening NOW! Double your impact on world refugee day today! For IAHVs work at the epicentre of conflict, turning traumatised children into peace ambassadors. Give one - help two!
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