“I was alive before just because I had to, but now I live because I have a goal: I want to leave my print on the society and spread peace.” (Youth Peace Ambassador)
The International Association for Human Values (IAHV), working in 20+ conflict zones around the world and renowned for brokering peace agreements, rehabilitating 600.000 prisoners in 60+ countries, reintegrating fighters and militias, and providing trauma relief for war affected populations, is celebrating the success of introducing its comprehensive peacebuilding approach in Tripoli, Lebanon, for the first time.
During the project Healing, Resilience and Nonviolent Empowerment for violence-affected children in Tripoli, Lebanon, co-funded by the European Union, 8,000+ Syrian and Lebanese children affected by trauma, conflict and violence have received basic training in stress relief and resilience tools, while 300 children most at risk of violent behaviour, self-harm, suicide, aggression or recruitment, have received deep trauma-relief, empowerment and human values training.
Many young people expressed that their participation in the project changed their perception of their lives and the world around them, and kept them away from reactive patterns, anxiety and frustration. "Today, I am equipped with a set of knowledge and skills that I will keep with me for a lifetime. I will make sure to contribute to positive change in my community."