Saturday, October 15, 2005

KASHMIR : International Association of Human Values in Action

International Association of Human Values (IAHV) has started assessment of the earthquake-affected areas in Jammu & Kashmir, India and Pakistan. IAHV and Art of Living Foundation volunteers, including a team of doctors and trauma relief experts, are reaching the hardest-hit areas of Baramulla and Uri, India, where the two organizations will carry out relief and rehabilitation work. The foundation will soon start trauma relief camps for the survivors and conduct special programs for children who are gripped by fear and anxiety.

In Pakistan, a team of volunteers led by Art of Living Teacher Naeem Zamindar, is headed for Balakot, the worst effected area. The organizations have started collecting emergency relief supplies and set up a trauma relief center in Islamabad.

The efforts will not only bring material help to those in need but also tend to the mental and emotional needs of those who have lost loved ones and their livelihood due to the disaster. Volunteers have acquired expertise in disaster management and trauma relief from their experiences in similar disasters in the past.
The foundation continues to provide trauma relief camps in the tsunami-affected areas in India and Sri Lanka, as well as in the US Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It conducted major relief operations in the aftermath of earthquakes in Gujarat and Bam; floods in Mumbai and Indonesia; Orissa cyclone and 9/11 World Trade Center attack.

The victims of the disaster are in urgent need of emergency supplies, such as food, water, shelter, tents, cooking utensils, blankets, etc. A special team has been established which is making an assessment of short term needs and long term rehabilitation requirements. IAHV volunteers intend to build upon their existing relationships within the affected areas to bring short and long-term relief to those directly affected by the tsunami. IAHV is seeking additional partnerships with international humanitarian organizations and relief services that create synergies on the ground.


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