DISASTER & TRAUMA RELIEF
About IAHV Disaster & Trauma Relief
In response to natural and manmade disasters, IAHV collects funds and goods for immediate material aid and care, provides trauma relief and stress management programs, while supporting long-term rehabilitation.
Immediate Material Aid and Service
IAHV Middle east collects funds and goods to support emergency services and material aid in the aftermath of disasters provided by other IAHV country organizations and its partner organization, the Art of Living Foundation. These emergency services provide food, clothes, medicine and shelter. Doctors, counselors and other physical and mental health experts form an integral part of such immediate relief efforts.
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 reclaim their lives is essential. IAHV’s Trauma Relief programs – the Breath Water Sound Program and the Art of Living Course – teach participants how to process their emotions and stress through the breath, to shift their attention away from reliving the past towards future possibilities. Participants leave the workshop with stress and trauma management techniques, healthy coping strategies, stronger community bonds, and a sense of personal power.
Long-term Rehabilitation: Sustainable Community Development
True relief can only happen when disaster survivors are completely rehabilitated both physically and emotionally. To support communities in developing sustainable solutions, IAHV’s global organizations and volunteers work in villages and with local communities, building homes, sanitation systems, roads, schools, vocational training centers and other necessary infrastructure. IAHV-Middle East raises funds to support these ventures.
Pakistan Flood Relief 2010
IAHV volunteers participated in volunteering to support Pakistan Flood Relief activities facilitated by Zia Siddhique Foundation during the Holy month of Ramadan in 2010
Tsunami Relief Aid 2005 - 2006
Over 105,818 kgs of relief material from United Arab Emirates was sent to Tsunami affected regions. IAHV UAE’s relief work pressed into action within 24 hour of the disaster. Hundred’s of volunteer’s effort and with zero overhead operations, hundred percent funds were used for relief activity.