IAHV offers programs to reduce stress and develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities.

On April 25, 2015, a devastating earthquake has occurred in Nepal. More than 8,000 people died, 16,000 people injured, 5,00,000 houses & buildings destroyed and 2,70,000 houses & buildings partially damaged. (Reference: http://drrportal.gov.np).

Pursuant to the natural tragedy, the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) in partnership with the Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) established a Disaster Relief Fund to provide humanitarian assistance for the victims of the Earthquake. More than 8000 volunteers are working in ground zero in 12 out of 13 major impacted districts of Nepal covering 103 Municipality/VDC of Nepal to provide Immediate Relief and Trauma Relief. These districts are Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktpur, Dolkha, Shindupalchwok, Ramechhap, Okheldhunga, Gorkha, Kavre, Dhading, Lamjung and Nuwakot.

Our Immediate Response (Within a month):

  • Distributed Relief Materials (Food, Medicine, Tents, Blankets, etc) to 1,50,000 victims worth INR 4Cr.
  • Conducted more than 225 Trauma Relief Workshop benefited 30,000 victims worth INR 3Cr.
  • More than 8000 volunteers worked in ground zero in 12 out of 13 major impacted districts of Nepal worth INR 16Cr.

Mid/Short Term Rehabilitation Plan:

  • Build 13 Earthquake and Flood Proof Communities Living centers in 13 most impacted districts of Nepal and use them for shelters for needy and to impart vocational skills.
  • Build 300 temporary shelters for needy in selected village.
  • Train 1000 Youth of the region to select 300 Employed Youth Leaders who would support infrastructure building and conduct Trauma Relief workshops.
  • Conduct 5000 Trauma Relief Workshop covering 1.5 million impacted populations.

Local AOLF and IAHV volunteers are starting Mid/Short Term Rehabilitation Program. Our Trauma Relief Workshops and long-term survivor rehabilitation programs will continue to supplement all relief efforts.

Your contributions will provide much needed survivors deal with the disaster’s aftermath through our Trauma Relief Workshop, Short/Mid Term Rehabilitation and Long Term Rehabilitation programs.

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Updates from Jun 1

  • Our volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for Teachers, Students and Parents at Universal Secondary English School, Patan, Nepal benefiting 350 people.

Updates from May 30

  • Volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Penwood Academy, Kathmandu; Sigma School, Kathmandu and Naya Gaon, Kavre, Nepal.

Updates from May 28

  • Our volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for staff of Image Channel, Nepal benefiting 35 people.

Updates from May 27

  • Our Volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for staff, volunteers and grantees of Tewa and Nagarik Awazz at Tewa Dhapakhel, Nepal benefiting 50 people.

Updates from May 25

  • IAHV & Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravishankar Ji accepts Short/Mid Term Rehabilitation Plan for Nepal Earthquake Relief jointly presented by IAHV Director and Art of Living Nepal Chairman. We shall shortly start Mid Term Rehabilitation program in Nepal.
  • Volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Butwal, Nepal benefited 400 people.

Updates from May 24

  • Volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Global IME Bank, Nepal benefited 50 people.

Updates from May 23

  • Our volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Chhauni, Nepal benefited 65 people.

Updates from May 22

  • Volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Clean Energy Development Bank, Royal Palace camp and Ghathapur Bhaktapur, Nepal benefited 300.

Updates from May 21

  • Volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for employees of NIBL and Forum For Women’s Law Development (FWLD), Nepal benefited 100 people.

Updates from May 20

  • Volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Dharmasthalli Camp, Habitat For Humanity space & KU, Nepla benefited 200 people.
  • Volunteers distributed Relief Materials at Moochchowk,Kusunde VDC, Nepal benefited 110 families.

Updates from May 19

  • Our volunteer distributed Relief Materials and conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for soldiers, employees & General public at Investment Board, Leapfrog Software, Balaju Army Base and Tundikhel Army Camp, Nepal benefited 900 people.

Updates from May 18

  • Trauma Relief Workshop for Medical professionals at Kathmandu Medical College, Kathmandu and Bhaktapur districts of Nepal benefited 500 people.
  • Volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for soldiers at Army Base in Airport, Nepal benefited 70.

Updates from May 17

  • Our Volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Sindhupalchowk, Irkhu, Bhaktapur Army Base and Chautara Army Camp benefited 1300 people.

Updates from May 16

  • Our volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for soldiers at Bhaktapur Army Base, Nepal benefited 120 people.
  • Our volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at sindhupalchowk, Nepal benefited 900 people.

Updates from May 15

  • Our volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Investment Board, Music Company, National Insurance Limited and general public at Army Camp Tundikhel, Nepal benefited 500.
  • On Demand, our volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for 70 Lawyers in Chitwan, Nepal.

Updates from May 14

  • Our volunteer conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for Employees of Durdar Square, Shangrila hotel, Himalayan TV & LSG Sky Chef an unit of Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Nepal benefited 300 people.

Updates from May 13

  • Siliguri team sent 6th Truck with Relief Materials to Nepal.
  • Our volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Himalayan Bank, National Life, and Army Camp, Balaju, Nepal benefited 750 people.
  • Our volunteers organised Blood donation camp at BP path Bhairahawa, Nepal, collected 70 unites of blood.

Updates from May 12

  • Our volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Soaltee Hotel lawns for staff guests and Reuters TV team benefited 150 people.
  • Volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at our center & Music School Center where people came for shelter post earthquake shock benefited 250 people.
  • A team of volunteers left to Sindhupalchowk District for relief operation. The epicenter of the earthquake was at this District. Volunteers with high morale continued their relief work and distributed Relief Materials and conducted Trauma Relief Workhop and came back safley.

Updates from May 11

  • Volunteers distributed Relief Materials, Tents & Blankets, provided Medical Relief and conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at different parts of Kavre, Sindhupalchowk, Dhading, Gorkha and Kathmandu districts of Nepal.
  • IAHV Director conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Sangla, Kathmandu and another team at World Trade Center, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Updates from May 10

  • Volunteers distributed Relief Materials, Tents & Blankets, provided medical relief and conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at different parts of Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk and Kathmandu districts of Nepal.
  • Volunteers provided Medical Relief, conducted Trauma Relief and rebuild Temporary homes at Bungamati, Kathmandu benefited 60 families.

Updates from May 9

  • Trauma Relief Workshop for 40 kids of John Dewey School, Nepal.
  • Trauma Relief Workshop at Nuwakot, Nepal benefited 300 People.
  • Volunteers distributed Relief Materials & Tents, Conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at different parts of Tuplung VDC, Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk districts of Nepal benefited 1000 families.

Updates from May 8

  • Volunteers distributed Relief materials, Tents & Blankets and conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Dhading, Lamjung, Lalitpur, Sindhupalchowk, Kavre & Nuwakot districts of Nepal.
  • Trauma relief Workshop conducted for Medical team of Army Hospital, Residents of Army camp, Balajhu and Tokha Orphanage, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Today Siliguri team sent 5th Truck with Relief Materials to Nepal.

Updates from May 7

  • Volunteers distributed Relief materials, Tents and Blankets, provided Medical Relief and conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at different part of Lalitpur, Ramechhap, Nuwakot, Dhading districts of Nepal.
  • IAHV Director conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Himal Power Limited to over 50 employees and families. They had not been able to sleep well ever since the earthquake. They all felt relaxed and at ease after the session.
  • A team of volunteers conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Kanjirowa College, Kathmandu and another team had been conducting 3 days Nava Chetana and Trauma Relief Workshop at Pepsi Cola, Kathmandu.

Updates from May 6

  • The Prince of Bahrain in Partnership with IAHV-AOL distributed Tents, Food, Water & Blankets at Maternity Hospital, Patan Hospital & Basantapur in Kathmandu.
  • IAHV Director conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Maternity Hospital, Patan Hospital & Basantapur in Kathmandu.
  • Volunteers distributed Relief Materials and conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at Nuwakot, Dolakha, Kavre & Dhading districts of Nepal.
  • Dispatched 300 Tents, 800 Blankets & Relief Materials to Dolakha district of Nepal.

Updates from May 5

  • Volunteers distributed Water, Food items, Sanitation Materials, Blankets & Tents, Provided Medical Relief and conducted Trauma Relief Workshop at different parts of Sindhupalchow, Kavre, Dhading and Kathmandu districts of Nepal.
  • Prince of Bahrain visited our center in Nepal. He said IAHV-AOL is very high in morale and values. That is why they have partnered with us for Nepal Earthquake Relief.
  • Today we received call to conduct Trauma Relief Workshops from different areas of Bhaktapur, Katunje VDC and Basantpur. Volunteers rushed immediately & conducted Trauma Relief workshop.

Updates from May 4

  • IAHV Director Neeraj Kohli conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for Secretary of the Ministry and 120 staff of Ministry of Home Affairs, Nepal.
  • IAHV Director conducted Trauma Relief Workshop for AIG and 100 inspectors and sub-inspectors.
  • IAHV Director conducted Trauma Relief workshop for 60 Nurses, Doctors and team of Kirtipur Hospital, Nepal.
  • Volunteers distributed Water, Food & Tent, provided Medical Relief, conducted Trauma Relief workshop at different parts of Kathmandu, Sindhupalchowk and Kavre districts of Nepal

Updates from May 3

  • Volunteers distributed Relief Materials & Tents, Provided Medical Relief, Conducted Trauma Relief Workshops in more than 10 districts of Nepal.
  • Volunteers reached Lamosanghu & Sindhupalchowk districts of Nepal. These are most affected & highest rates of casualties happened in Earthquake. Volunteers distributed Tents, Foods and Medicines to 100 families and conducted Trauma Relief workshop.

Updates from May 2

  • IAHV Director Neeraj Kohli conducted Trauma Relief program for AIG, DIG and top 50 higher level of police officers of Nepal at Police Headquarter.
  • Volunteers distributed Tents, Medicines and Food supplies and conducted Trauma relief Workshop at Sindhupalchowk, Kathmandu & Nuwakot districts of Nepal.
  • A truck load of tent arrived from Gorakhpur, India contained 41 big rolls of tent fabric. We quickly started stitching right away.

Updates from May 1

  • Volunteers distributed Relief Materials & Tents, conducted Cleaning Camp, Awareness Program & Trauma Relief workshop at Dolakha, Kavre, Nuwakot, Ramechap, Kathmandu, Dhanding Districts of Nepal.
  • Conducted Trauma Relief workshop for more than 1000 people.

Updates from April 30

  • IAHV-Art of Living Volunteers distributed Relief materials, provided Medical Relief & conducted Trauma Relief workshop at Bhaktapur, Goldhunga, Sankhu & Khokana in Nepal.
  • Surat Chapter from Gujarat has sent 615 Kgs of Food packets. All together 2000 food packets with each packet containing 5-7 theplas, 3-4 pieces Gor Papdi & 200 gm Bhusa Farsan. Along with that 200 more packets of theplas contain around 5 to 10 in each packet. So approximately 20000 theplas, 30 kg Dry Nashta (Khakhra,Biscuits,Ganthiya, etc).
  • Trauma relief sessions have begun at multiple locations in Kathmandu, and also at Civil Hospital, New Baneshwor.

Updates from April 29

  • The Vadodara chapter from Gujarat contributed 500 blankets for the Nepal relief work.
  • A truckload of essential items including ORS, biscuits, water, medicines, blankets and face masks was dispatched from Siliguri, West Bengal.

Updates from April 28

  • Food to affected persons is being provided 24 hours. Approximately 6000-7000 people have been given meals so far.
  • A blood donation camp has been started at The Art of Living Center in Raxaul, Bihar with the help of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the Indo Nepal Chamber of Commerce. Upto 2 pm, around 50 people had donated blood.
  • The Director General of the Sashastra Seema Bal Army visited The Art of Living center in Raxaul, Bihar.
  • At the Bhaktapur district, the Art of Living volunteers provided food, medical support to affected persons.
  • Truckloads of food and water were dispatched from Siliguri, West Bengal on April 27.

Updates from April 26-27

  • The Art of Living center has been converted into a shelter camp that is hosting people affected by the earthquake that struck Nepal.
  • Volunteers of The Art of Living – Nepal distributed cooked food to residents of Tundikhel in Nepal.
  • Around 300 people were taking shelter in the New Baneshwor Center of The Art of Living – Nepal.
  • The Art of Living volunteers also distributed food to victims and relatives at Civil Hospital.

IAHV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are fully tax-deductible.

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Learn more about IAHV’s disaster relief program

IAHV is working in partnership with Art of Living Foundation to bring relief to refugees and internally displaced people (IDP). From its base in Erbil, the team has brought relief in the form of food, water and hygiene products to 5 different camps, each camp sheltering 550 Iraqi families. IAHV has reached more than 2,000 families.

Click here to download the report on relief efforts by IAHV

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The living conditions of the refugees are extremely poor. In Duhok there are 100,000 refugees, and only one small camp. Most of the refugees are not living there but on the streets or in unfinished buildings because the camp is in terrible condition. It is very unhygenic; there are no blankets, coolers or food. There are no bathrooms or toilets. The children are all getting skin disease because of the unhygienic conditions. Currently, they lack even the most basic items for survival, such as food, clothing and hygienic kits. They are in a very poor psychological state. One such example is of a refugee who had 37 people in the family taken by ISIS. Thousands of women are abducted, gang-raped and sold in markets. Duhok needs additional camps with conditions that meet basic human needs to be lived in.

The IAHV team also went to Mount Sinjar to visit the camps where Yazidis have taken refuge. Two graduates of IAHV’s Community Leadership Training program interviewed Yazidi families to document their plight and need for immediate aid. One of the graduates and her father, Bareza, are taking much needed action to aid the Yazidis. Additionally, three Kurdish Members of Parliament who recently participated in IAHV’s TLEX training in late June 2014 also came to the aid of refugees visiting the camps, meeting refugees and assessing their needs and distributing relief items (see below photos).

IAHV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are fully tax-deductible.


Please mail checks to: IAHV, 2401 15th Street NW, Washington DC 20009

On November 6, 2013, one of deadliest typhoons on record stuck Philippines killing at least 4,000 people. More than 900,000 people displace, 243,000 houses destroyed and more than 10 million people affected by this deadly typhoon (Latest info)

The International Association for Human Values (IAHV), in partnership with the Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) has established a disaster relief fund to provide humanitarian assistance to the victims of the Typhoon in Philippines. Your contributions will be used for mobilization of volunteers (air travel and ground transport), accommodation , organizing trauma relief workshops, supplies for the workshops. Contributions will also be used to provide relief material.

Volunteers of the Art of Living Foundation – Philippines are presently identifying and training volunteers and putting an action plan in place. They are partnering with Gawad Kalinga and other local NGO’s for effective logistical support. Top priority is meeting basic needs. Later, our volunteer teams will go to the affected areas to conduct trauma relief workshops and work with the survivors towards rehabilitation. Our team has appealed for funds to answer the immediate need of distributing food and water and then they can put a sustainable long term relief effort in place.


 

Donations to Art of Living Philippines Disaster Relief Fund:

  • Bank: Art of Living Foundation Phils. Inc., Swift: BNORPHMM, Savings Bank Acct.#0430147929, BDO Metropolitan Ave. Branch Ground Floor. Metro Terraces Condominium Metropolitan Ave. Corner Sacred Heart Street. Makati Metro Manila. Philippine Peso account. Email info@artofliving.org.ph with name, scanned deposit slip, and mention “Relief Fund”. We can check and confirm what we have received. 


Donations to IAHV, USA
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IAHV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the United States. All contributions are fully tax-deductible in the USA.


Please mail checks to: IAHV, 2401 15th Street NW, Washington DC 20009

Learn more about IAHV’s disaster relief program

Due to recent torrential rains in Northern India, floods and landslides devastated Uttarakhand state. Hundreds of deaths are confirmed and many more are feared to be lost. Thousands are still stranded, rescue is continuing.

The International Association for Human Values (IAHV), in partnership with the Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) has established a disaster relief fund to provide humanitarian assistance to the victims of the floods in Uttarakhand. Your contributions will be used to provide immediate material relief, trauma relief and long term rehabilitation.

Art of Living volunteers are already on the ground, providing food and trauma relief to the evacuees. About 30 volunteers have reached the Jolly Grand airport. As part of the relief-work, the volunteers, coordinating with Indian army have distributed 5,000 food-packets, so far, to the people who reached the airport safely through the helicopters. More volunteers and initiatives are expected to come forth in providing aid.

IAHV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are fully tax-deductible.


Or Mail a Check: Please mail checks (payable to IAHV) to: IAHV, 2401 15th Street NW, Washington DC 20009


IAHV and AOLF have actively responded to natural disasters and other traumatic situations around the globe. In the past, IAHV & Art of Living volunteers offered relief, rehabilitation and trauma relief to the people affected by the natural calamities around the world. Together with Volunteer for a Better India, we have been working morning to evening with the Paramilitary on Uttarakhand flood relief since day one.

David from Indo Tibetan Border Police thanks IAHV & VBI (Volunteer for a Better India) for the Reflief Efforts in Uttarakhand

Learn more about IAHV’s disaster relief program

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Art of Living volunteers join hands with local aid troops – additional help still needed

**Volunteers needed! Come and help the flood victims in Germany**

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 – Germany is currently experiencing one of the biggest floods in over a decade that has forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.
Many cities are flooded, streets are full of mud, cellars of private houses are filled with water and mud to the roof and the people do not know how to clean their homes, how to continue with their lives. Many have lost everything and feel alone and desperate. They need help.

Already in 2002 after the big Elbe flood in the Dresden area, The Art of Living in cooperation with the International Association for Human Values supported the natural disaster relief work with big groups of volunteers who helped in the affected areas.
This time, once again, the Art of Living has teamed up with IAHV and volunteers from both organizations have travelled to the affected areas to help those in need.

    At this stage, our volunteers primarily help in

  • Removing all the mud from the houses and streets that the water brought along
  • General clean up of the flooded and devastated area
  • Organizing and distributing clothes and household items in the emergency collection places
  • Offering free of charge trauma relief workshops
  • Help, wherever help is needed

Are you available to help?

There is really the need for helping hands – do you think you can help? When is it possible for you to join our helping teams of Art of Living and IAHV?
We take care of all the necessary administrative steps allowing us to enter the city (it is allowed only for helpers, not for tourists) and to get a place to sleep, shower, to get food etc.

If you are available to join, we look much forward to hearing from you. Please contact our volunteer coordination team on luedemann@iahv.org or call +49 (0)7804 – 973 911, +49 (0)171 3111598 or alternatively complete this list.

Donation account

Would you like to support with financial donations? We have opened a donation account for this purpose:
International Association for Human Values
Account no.: 1303720
Bank: BW-Bank Stuttgart
National bank code 600 501 01
IBAN: DE44 6005 0101 0001 3037 20
BIC/SWIFT: SOLADEST
Transfer purpose: Fluthilfe 2013

Update

On 14th June, German Federal President Joachim Gauck visted one the flood affected areas in Southern Germany. While in Deggendorf, Joachim Gauck interacted with Art of Living and IAHV volunteers and praised their efforts in cleaning up the city after the big floods. Watch the media coverage of President’s Gauck visit here.

A day with volunteers

Watch the first impressions and experiences of our volunteers on their first day of their arrival to Deggendorf / Bavaria.

Latest pictures from the flooded area in Deggendorf (11 June)

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The 2013 International Leadership Symposium on Ethics in Business in Geneva

Conference on Ethics in Business at the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The International Leadership Symposium on Ethics in Business is an annual event taking place in European Parliament Brussels and its satellite conferences which brings together leaders from business, politics, academia, civil society and faith-based organizations to dialogue on new leadership styles that support inclusive and sustainable development and ensure profitability for businesses. It provides a platform for leading minds to share their experiences and expertise on the value of an ethics-based approach to deal with today’s challenges in the global markets. It also examines the impact of this approach on the bottom line.

The International Leadership Symposium on Ethics in Business is an initiative of The World Forum for Ethics in Business, a registered public interest foundation with the aim to pursue and establish the indispensable ethical foundations of business in a globalized world.

The Conference in Geneva is a satellite conference held at the United Nations for the first time and is organized in partnership with Global Partnerships Forum. The Global Partnerships Forum brings together policy makers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, investors, and thought leaders from across sectors leaders to address global challenges. The GPF aims to move the needle from aid to investments, using the power of partnerships. For more information, please visit the website: www.Partnerships.org.

The World Forum for Ethics in Business is organizing the 2013 Conference in Geneva in cooperation with:

  • International Association for Human Values (IAHV)
  • The World Bank Institute
  • Global Partnerships Forum

The Conference will consider the following questions:

  • What are the qualities of good governance?
  • The importance of transparency.
  • Business and Ethics – Complementary or Contradictory values
  • Leadership in the 21st Century – Time for a Paradigm Shift
  • In the wake of the economic crisis, is globalization still beneficial to society at large? In this next phase of globalization, who are the winners and who are the losers? How can globalization serve as a means to distribute wealth in a more equitable way?
  • What is the role of the global organization in addressing poverty, improving education and health systems, and dealing with unemployment and environmental degradation?
  • What practices contribute to the highest executive and organizational performance?
  • How can organizations implement an ethics-based approach to transforming society and contributing to a better sense of community at the global level, while being profitable and achieving long-term success?
  • Leaders share their secrets to sustainability and success!

Leaders share their secrets to sustainability and success!

Ethics in Business Award

Recognizing sustainable success
Announcement of Ethics in Business Award Winners 2013 in European Parliament, Brussels

The World Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB) will present the 2013 Ethics in Business Award at the International Leadership Symposium on Ethics in Business at the European Parliament Brussels on 28th – 29th November 2013. The WFEB Ethics in Business Award honors individuals and companies that have demonstrated fundamental human values and ethics in life and in the business arena.

For further information and registration please visit www.wfeb.org

Our deepest prayers and condolences go out to the families of Newtown. The tragic shooting last week in Connecticut has shocked us as a nation. Families all over the country have been struggling with grief, disbelief, and anger. As we mourn, we also realize that violence isn’t just found in our inner cities – it can erupt anywhere, at any time.

Please watch this message from our founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

In the coming months, IAHV will offer its trauma relieving and resilience-building programs to Newtown families and children. We welcome donations for this effort, and will post updates about the Newtown Trauma Relief on our website.

Let’s all share healthy ways for people to manage their stress, anger, frustration, and jealousy at their core. Let’s build human values back into our families, schools and communities.

Together, let’s create a violence-free, stress-free America.

Hurricane Sandy has taken lives and devastated people’s homes, flooded subways and bridges, and cut people off from steady electricity, medicine, food, and water. As agencies and volunteers fan out throughout the region, bringing much-needed materials and supplies, IAHV is serving those living in shelters with something that will help them think clearly, rebuild and recover: peace of mind.

Starting on Friday, Nov 2nd, New York and New Jersey volunteers began offering trauma relief techniques shelters in Monmouth and Manhattan. Just over the weekend, about 300 evacuees were reached by IAHV volunteers, and 80-90 evacuees learned IAHV’s simple and effective breathing and relaxation practices.

“I have been worrying when they will finally let me go home. But just 10 minutes of this practice has calmed my mind down. Accepting this situation was a constant struggle. Now I feel grateful for what I have now, as I see many people here in an even worse situation. Thank you” – Hurricane Sandy evacuee.

“You don’t know how much happiness you are bringing to me by doing this. Thank you.” – Hurricane Sandy evacuee.

“I am so grateful for the last 3-4 days. There is a deeper meaning and reason for our being here at this time.” – IAHV volunteer.

IAHV’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort plans to scale up over the coming week by training more IAHV volunteers to deliver the Breath Water Sound trauma relief program.

 

The Crisis

The recent spate of large-scale riots in Assam, according to conservative estimates, has claimed 53 lives and displaced over 300,000 victims. Men, women and children have been killed, their schools and houses are burnt.

IAHV’s Intervention

IAHV volunteers are currently working to restore the lives of the victims in the affected areas. Our response involves providing immediate material aid at our relief camps, releasing trauma through relief workshops and restoring hope. As a short term rehabilitation plan, we aim at fostering personal responsibility of individuals through service and mentorship programs conducted by community volunteers that empower self-reliance.

Renowned spiritual leader and founder of IAHV, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, on Wednesday visited the riot-hit districts of Chirang and Kokrajhar in Assam with the objective of healing the wounds of the recent clashes. He visited several relief camps and interacted with the inmates.

Soon after his arrival from Guwahati, Sri Sri visited the relief camp at Kajalgaon Higher Secondary School in Chirang district. Addressing a large gathering of Bodo inmates, he advised them to face the tragedy with courage and prepare to reclaim their life.

He urged them to go back to the villages with the feeling of belongingness. “It’s really painful that such a tragedy has happened in our country,” he said adding that The Art of Living and IAHV are there with them.

Contribute Now

IAHV invites you to contribute so we can help the victims in whatever way possible. The victims are critically in need of food, clean water, shelter, medical facility, trauma relief & many basic necessities. All contributions will be directed to the provision of any immediate material aid, food, water trauma & medical relief. In addition, short term rehabilitation projects will be initiated to restore the lives of the displaced victims by overcoming the trauma.

Click here to Donate

select “Disaster Relief” and note “Assam Relief”

Mandar Apte, a chemical engineer, has worked at Shell for 12 years. He is part of the energy giant’s GameChanger program, whose mission is to provide seed funding and guidance to cutting-edge ideas and foster a culture of innovation. Apte is also the founder of a staff-led initiative called Empower, which uses breathing and meditation exercises sourced from the International Association for Human Values to nurture personal creativity and inter-personal skills. So far, some 2,000 employees at Shell offices in the U.S., U.K., the Netherlands and the UAE have gone through modules that are part of the Empower program. In a conversation with Knowledge@Wharton, Apte discusses the impact that Empower has had on him and his colleagues and his hopes for its future.

Read a transcript of the interview at http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article.cfm?articleid=3063

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