Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities

by International Association for Human Values (UK)
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Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities
Peace support for Syrian and Lebanese communities

“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.” (Rama)

Around 100 youth from vulnerable and violence-affected backgrounds in Tripoli have grown into Peace Ambassadors, passionate and trained to reduce violence and bring peace in their schools and communities. They have conceived and designed Peacebuilding Art Performances on topics which are part of their lives and close to their hearts:

  • Modern Dabke dance against widespread bullying in society and to promote friendliness and togetherness.
  • Theatre play and interactive discussion to raise understanding about violence and reduced life opportunities caused by early girls’ marriages
  • Awareness raising clip, theatre play and interactive discussion to prevent school drop out, destructive behaviour and crime
  • Musical, interactive theater and Silent tableaus to raise awareness about different forms of violence affecting girls and women in Tripoli
  • Play and song to prevent use of drugs among youth leading to crime, violence and suicides
  • A documented social experiment and interactive discussion on violence inflicted on victims of cyber blackmailing
  • Education campaign on positive ways to cope with stress
  • Mural visuals, graffiti and interactive discussion to change attitudes related to sexual harassment

A Message of Nonviolence and Non-bullying in the midst of the Lebanon Revolution 

The Youth Peace Ambassadors were ready to spread their messages across Tripoli, but the outbreak of the Revolution on October 17th changed the plan: roads were blocked, schools were closed, the demonstrations, counterdemonstrations and the general atmosphere of uncertainty increased widespread insecurity. The country came to a halt and people largely stayed at home.

Empowered from the inside, however, some youth found their way to IAHV's center, reconnected and grew bigger in numbers. As true Peace Ambassadors, they decided to spread the message of nonviolence in and around the ongoing demonstrations, to uphold human values in the protest and to support the positive image of Tripoli, a city usually associated with violence, war, poverty and extremism.  

“When people hear the word Tripoli or Lebanon, oh my God, they think, terrorism. I want them to have a positive idea about Tripoli. Tripoli is really not that ugly and that bad of a place as people think. There is goodness in people.” (Boussayna)

“Be the change you want to see” - “No hatred” - “Act don’t react” - “I bully you bully she bullies”

Through a traditional dabkhe dance in the form of a flash mob, performed across Tripoli’s scenic spots as well as marginalised neighbourhoods, the Youth Peace Ambassadors attracted lots of curiosity. Their originality has also led to widespread coverage on TV and social media, reaching thousands of viewers and listeners across Lebanon. 

Caring deeply about the widespread bullying in Lebanese society and the pain it causes, these youth have taken the steps to change themselves and the responsibility to create a more peaceful and friendly world. Follow their campaign here

Changing attitudes - Reducing Violence of Early Girls Marriage

Before the Lebanese Revolution started, a group of Peace Ambassador girls made the National News with the theatre play they had written together based on their own personal experiences as well as what they witness around them. Deeply affected by the violence caused by early girls’ marriages and the negative effects for the girls (and boys), the family and society, they decided to stand up and speak out. They did so in a beautiful, artistic as well as peaceful way, in order to increase understanding about the different points of view from the parties involved in this widespread practice. Their first two performances in Beit Al Fan in Tripoli, as well as in a school in Beirut, were deeply empowering and rewarding. People in the audience were very touched, recognising the pain from their own lives, and some said the play had made them change their point of view and attitude towards early marriage.

“I always wanted to bring peace into society but I didn’t know how. Now that I have found peace in myself, I know how I can spread peace in society.” (Youth Peace Ambassador)

Earlier in September, a large group of Youth Peace Ambassadors had the chance to participate in IAHV’s Advanced Training. This 5-day Training allowed them to release deeper trauma, dissolve unhelpful patterns, experience deeper rest, strengthen confidence, learn new team and outreach skills, internalise human values and bond together more as a community, thus strengthening their capacity to act as empowered peacebuilders in Tripoli in the future. Here are some of their reactions:

“After IAHV’s courses I feel our lives are safe now.”

“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.” (Rama)

“The training gave me so much serenity that I never experienced before in my life. I am usually an introvert person and don't mingle with people I don't know. I felt this was totally released out of me. I was able to mingle with others, talk to them, eat with them, and joke with them very comfortably and naturally. Now I have more confidence in myself and I want to achieve more. Until I become myself the peace that will help others.” (Kheiro)

“Although in this course [advanced training] I was keeping my eyes closed most of the time, I got a clearer vision for the whole world.” (Salim)

“I always wondered why we are here on earth. Why Allah put us here. I always thought it’s not just to eat and sleep. After doing these courses I got to know my mission was to make the world more beautiful. Also, I am going through a very difficult time in my life but I was able to cope with it.” (Hiba)

“The training helped me get out of the world that I was imprisoning myself in, out of the too serious character that I was stuck in because of my fear from people and society. After I came here and met very kind people and loving trainers, the fear got reduced and I knew that this character I was playing wasn't the real me. I finally know who am I and am able to be natural.” (Wassef)

 “IAHV gave us a safe environment where we can safely express and improve ourselves. I wish the whole world would be part of IAHV.” (Sarah)

“Until now I lived because I was forced to live. But now I live because life is beautiful.”

“Before I was lost in life. IAHV is giving us a path to walk on.”

“This is the first time in my life that I have the willingness to really change” (Boussayna)

“If there was a word stronger than “Thank you” I would say it. Discovering myself, the self that I love, that I have kept inside me for a long time, this is what I’ve achieved.”

 

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Following the relative quiet of Ramadan, all our project activities are running again as usual. Only, there is a subtle but distinct transformation happening: we are gradually moving into a new phase which is larger, deeper...

Our newly trained IAHV trainers have expressed the wish to receive more trainings and become fully equipped IAHV trainers so they can deliver more programs than the introductory Stress Relief and Resilience Workshops they are implementing now with great success. Therefore, we have started with them a trajectory of advanced trainings (see video). In the first 5-day advanced training in Ehden, they rested deeply, learnt new powerful techniques, reflected on life and their role, and became stronger and more skilled to shape a peaceful society. Some participants shared they felt immense relief from trauma's burdening their lives. 

We are also linking up all the groups in Tripoli we have been working with, including children and adult participants, through various activities. Gradually a new community within Tripoli is emerging to uphold and spread a culture of peace. 

We would like to thank you all warmly for supporting our work so generously during our fundraising campaign on World Refugee Day! With 22,600$ raised we are well supported to continue uplifting the lives of individuals and communities in Tripoli. 

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The project in Tripoli, Lebanon, is entering a new phase!

Highlight of the last months was the Youth Peace Ambassadors Training with 25 young youth from violence-affected backgrounds. Syrian and Lebanese, boys and girls from different schools and areas in Tripoli mingled together and became a strong bonded group over the 7 day duration of the training. They learned and deepened their practice of powerful stress and trauma relief techniques, learnt new social and emotional skills to deal with other people and challenging situations, engaged in different forms of art to explore their selves and give expression to their inner world, analysed their living contexts for the causes and drivers of violence, designed peacebuilding projects to reduce the violence in their lives and the lives of other children, they ate, played and celebrated together. Watch this youth to see which changes they are bringing about in themselves and their city, now and in the future!

"I cannot imagine my life anymore without it" (Yavap graduate)

"I feel such a burden lifted from my shoulders" (Yavap graduate)

Another highlight is the sucess of our newly trained trainers from Syria, who are now giving Stress Relief and Resilience workshops on a massive scale for children of all backgrounds in Tripoli. After having experienced IAHV's Professional Care Program, practiced regularly at home and in group follow up sessions, followed the Training of Trainers, engaged actively in assisting and observing, and practiced almost daily in delivering supervised SRR workshops, they have grown into very appreciated, strong, sensitive and reliable IAHV team members, who have expanded the capacity of our team to reach out to more children in need. 

With the start of Ramadan this week, everything in Tripoli now lives and moves at another pace for a few weeks, but the enthusiasm and commitment of our team keeps the flame burning. 

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Dear Supporters,

We are very glad to share below updates on the project 

In Lebanon, a strong basis and good awareness about the project have been created through the implementation of SRR workshops, THRH trainings, HRE and PC for children and communities in the most in need areas of Tripoli.

Through the SRR workshops, 5,048 children outside schools, in free private schools, governmental and unofficial schools, have learned basic stress relief and resilience techniques.

The impact is especially strong in the unofficial Syrian schools, where also parents and teachers learn stress management techniques in the HRE and PC programs to be able to support the children better. 

Based on the positive results of last year, we have once again received official permission from the Ministry of Education to provide SRR workshops in governmental schools in 2018-2019.

Given the political situation and corruption in Lebanon, our team considers this a major achievement in itself. 

165 most in need children, including a large group from a youth shelter, have benefited from the THRH training. The very first Peace Ambassadors from different high schools in Tripoli are developing their peacebuilding projects. Building on these foundational programs, we will focus in Y3 on the capacity building programs YAVAP and ToT, strengthened with tailored mentoring and support for the program participants. Through the combination of all project activities in few key areas of Tripoli, we aim to create a strong synergised impact for the respective communities. 

Please watch and share the below video of this amazing work 
https://youtu.be/qCWsF9kV7xI

BIG THANK YOU for all your support

Best regards and Many thanks

IAHV PB Team

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Dear Supporters,

We would like to THANK YOU for your ongoing support and encouragement for our project.

"What is the approach of IAHV to Peacebuilding and how does it work?"

We would like to invite you to watch this newly released video and listen to the experience of war-affected children, teachers and parents in Jordan and Lebanon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF6TFNyMWK4&feature=youtu.be

We are sincerely grateful for all the help we receive from you to enable us to provide these workshops. The changes we are witnessing in these people are incredible and it is empowering them for better lives

Best Regards and Many Thanks

IAHV PeaceBuilding Team

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