Ecuador Trauma Relief

On April 16, 2016 a powerful earthquake shook Ecuador with a moment magnitude of 7.8 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). More than 500 people were killed and thousands became homeless. The most affected regions were Manta, Pedernales and Portoviejo.

After the immediate response with the provision of material aid, such as water and medicine, several volunteers of Art of Living Foundation from different Latin American countries (Argentina, Paraguay and Panamá) traveled to provide support to the local team in Ecuador.

The Trauma Relief Programs were offered in the city of Portoviejo, (Manabí Province, western Ecuador) providing relief to hundreds of people, and involved:

  • 15 volunteers from 4 countries: Ecuador, Argentina, Paraguay and Panama
  • 4 days in the affected area
  • 5 shelters assisted
  • 600 people benefited with Yoga, Meditation and BWS Trauma Relief courses
  • 1150 people reached through the volunteers’ activities

In order to provide a sustainable support to the affected areas, during this visit many volunteers of the Art of Living Foundation were trained to teach trauma relief courses involving breathing techniques, meditation, yoga and playful activities.

The next steps will include: empowering local leaders, training youth with leadership skills (YLTP) and developing regional service programs to help the long-term rehabilitation of the community.

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

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

Or donate online by clicking here.

Nepal Earthquake Relief

April 26, 2015

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.

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