Healing, Resilience and Empowerment

stress management and rehabilitation support for refugees

The experience of loss, destruction, violence and conflict can have serious negative consequences for mental, emotional and physical well-being. In severe cases, this can lead to an increase in suicide, destructive behavior, burn-out, post-traumatic stress (PTS), depression, and disease, while in less severe cases, individuals may experience functional disability, decreased motivation and performance, and at an increased risk of illness and drug abuse.

In response to natural and husbandry disasters, IAHV collects funds for and provides immediate relief and support, and supports long-term rehabilitation.

Our programs
While there are already many approaches to integrating fugitives into society, there is a lacuna of basic and effective approaches to trauma processing, which makes integration into many areas very difficult. IAHV closes this gap with its HRE program, which is specifically aimed at fugitives and their experience background, which enables healing, strengthens resistance and enables people to become more self-determined and empowered.

IAHV’s several hour programs deliver measurable results, including rapid and significant reduction in symptoms of PTS, depression and anxiety, and improvement in quality of life for individuals and communities.

IAHV offers stress management, healing and resilience programs for professionals working in difficult environments.

Trauma Relief (HRE – Healing, Resilience, Empowerment)
For survivors of disasters, who have experienced severe physical and emotional trauma, material help alone is not sufficient. Alleviating the trauma and helping people to reconstitute their personal lives is essential. IAHV’s Trauma Relief programs – HRE – teach the participants how to process their emotions and stress through the breath, to shift their attention away from the past to future possibilities. Participants leave the workshop with stress and trauma management techniques, healthy coping strategies, stronger community bonds and a sense of personal power.

Regular follow-up meetings then accompany people in order to integrate what they have learned into everyday life and exchange experiences.

HRE programs are currently being implemented in several Philiphiness cities, usually as a supplement to existing programs by the Federal States, cities and municipalities and other aid organizations:
Projects in other cities are being planned or prepared.

In Jordon, Lebanon, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway, our local IAHV sister organizations are now successfully using this program to care for refugees.

The programs, which are primarily carried out on a voluntary basis, are difficult or impossible to implement without further financial support. Therefore donations are always welcome.

You can also take an active part, eg train as to HRE trainers and carry out HRE programs and aftercare.

Your personal support in other areas of our programs and projects or administration is therefore welcome. Get in touch with us! (see below)

Women’s Empowerment

Women’s Empowerment seeks to advance the role of women, strengthening and empowering them on the individual and collective level to foster human values, sustain peace, and develop families, communities and societies around the world.

“The role of women in the development of society is of utmost importance. In fact, it is the only thing that determines whether a society is strong and harmonious, or otherwise. Women are the backbone of society.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, IAHV Founder

IAHV’s Women’s Empowerment programs promote women as key enablers of peace and stability through leadership, education, and community partnerships. Using a holistic approach to transforming lives, the program establishes clarity of mind, calm focus, and centeredness as the foundation of leadership. Women and men who have participated are committed to their personal and community responsibility to promote and protect women and enable them as catalysts for change addressing key issues such as education, health, employment, political representation, protection of human and legal rights and service delivery. The Women’s Empowerment program has innovative educational initiatives including:

Al Azhar Program, Iraq

Read about Al Azhar Program
Al Azhar Program mobilizes and supports Iraqi national and community leaders in launching initiatives that promote and protect Iraqi women. The program aims to strengthen Iraqi families and civil society by advancing Iraqi women’s leadership and eliminating gender-based violence on a local and national level. This program draws support from all levels of the community. National Taskforce Members underwent a transformational leadership training, team building, and visioning program which resulted in a National Action Plan to counter gender-based violence, emphasize women’s role throughout the policy development process, provide legal assistance to women victims of violence, find peaceful solutions to conflict, and elevate women into leadership positions. To help women survivors of violence, Life Skills Training and vocational training are taught to women community members. Through community partnerships and the mixed-gendered National Taskforce, the program demonstrates the unique role women leaders can have at both a national and local level to advance peace and the status of women in Iraq.

Advancing Career Women Project, Iraq

International Women’s Conference

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Light a Home

Light a Home is a rural electrification initiative which provides subsidized alternative energy in places where grids are not available.

Light a Home aims to bring clean and affordable lighting to 300 million people in India living in 78 million rural households who do not have access to electricity. The initiative seeks to provide high-quality and cost effective solar lanterns, home lighting systems and solar cookers, disseminated through solar centers across India. The units are operated and managed by a local entrepreneur trained under the initiative.


The Light a Home campaign is making a concerted effort towards addressing these critical issues to enable energy access for all by providing clean lighting to billions that are at the bottom of the pyramid, and has adopted a localized, bottom-up approach.


Each solar lantern and home lighting system in its life of 10 years replaces about 500-600 litres of kerosene, mitigating about 1.5 tons of CO2.


Service Management & Training Rural Solar Engineers

As a part of providing service, maintenance and installation facilities for solar products we will be creating rural solar hubs in each village/districts where installation happens. Youth from the respective villages will be identified and provided with training in solar lantern/home light system assembling, installation and repair. The objective of this program will be to provide adequate service facilities for the systems being distributed in the respective villages and to enable rural youth to earn livelihood in their village by taking initiatives that will create better infrastructural, economic and educational facilities in rural India.

Your Donations at Work

$55 = One solar lantern
$500 = One solar battery charging station that provides light to 10 homes
$6000 = One Micro Solar Grid (uninterrupted power to 50 homes in a village)

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