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International Association for Human Values

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, International, International Development, International Relief, Low-Income & Subsidized Rental Housing, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: Consists of the following disaster relief and rehabilitation (Tsunami rehab, China earth guake relief, Youth empowerment leadership Programs in USA, Haiti, India, Trauma relief courses, sponsoring children's education in tribal and rural schools in India.

Programs: Advancing career women project, iraqadvancing career women project despite relatively strong female workforce participation in the 1960s and 1970s, certain traditional-minded elements of iraqi society retain the attitude that women should work in the household and men work outside of the home; this mindset results in a limited number of iraqi women entering into the workforce or obtaining leadership roles once in the workforce. This project aims increase the financial security of iraqi women, promote them within the industries where they work, and encourage their participation in the rebuilding of the iraqi economy. Partnered with iahv-jordan and the university of jordan, iahv seeks to enhance the skills of iraqi women private sector banking, aviation and hospitality in baghdad and kurdistan through accredited academic programming.

youth empowerment seminar (yes! ) for schoolsyouth empowerment seminar (yes! ) is a dynamic program that provides teens with a comprehensive set of tools to manage their emotions. Yes! Broadens young people's vision of the world and provides practical knowledge and skills they need to realize their highest potential.

women empowerment - iraq al azhar program mobilizes and supports iraqi national and community leaders in launching initiatives that promote and protect iraqi women. The program aims to strengthen iraqi families and civil society by advancing iraqi womens leadership and eliminating gender-based violence on a local and national level.

Community Stories

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sufi Advani

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit is amazing! As a volunteer instructor, I have seen first hand what a program like the YES ( Youth Empowerment Seminar ) does for high school students. I cannot put into words what transformation can take place after a student completes the program. I see a lot of students come to the program stressed, anxious, and sad. These are tough times we are living in, they are bombarded with stressors from academics, family challenges, and social media pressures. And now on top of this COVID! Now imagine them practicing powerful breathing techniques and learning impactful life skills to manage their emotions and situations. Well, when you see them after the program, they are beaming with hope, self-confidence, and are empowered to make of their lives whatever they want. That is the magic of YES! Hats off to IAHV for having such an outstanding program for teens. I am so proud to be a volunteer here and wish their work spreads to youth all over the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IAHV makes the world a better place thanks to the commitment of it’s volunteer base. Their vision, strategy and implementation of stress reduction programs are in line with core human values of wisdom & compassion serving 150 countries. IAHV funds trauma relief for our prisons, veterans & at natural disasters worldwide. YES! for Schools empowers students, teachers and parents to experience a culture of peace. As a volunteer, IAHV matches your highest calling in life.

Donor

Rating: 5

IAHV has been doing amazing work all across the globe in many fields. Their selfless service in various disaster management and trauma relief programms (such as in Haiti, Tsunam hit Regions etc), prisoners rehabilitation etc are highly appreciated. Stress relief workshop that they teach are helping individuals get out of depressed lifestyle and contribute to the society.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have done many stress management workshops organized by IAHV. It has helped me tremendously in both professional and personal life. I am much more calm, peaceful, centered and confident.

I worked as a volunteer for some IAHV projects . All the projects are aimed towards creating a better today and tomorrow. IAHV has worked in gamut of areas such as disaster management, trauma relief, women empowerment and many other educational projects. I am extremely grateful to be associated with IAHV.

Board Member

Rating: 4

Well It is something that the world have no idea. Yes I am talking about Bangladesh.When I started to work in rural area and i became surprised that being Bangladeshi I have no idea that how people suffer and there is no rights at all.I am very glad to join this forum and feeling i am not alone ,Whole over tha world is with me. I am asking to all please find out the reality and help the people in Bangladesh to be educated and give them at least minimum rights....

Dinesh M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been volunteering with this organization for several years. It is doing great humanitarian work across globe.

Review from Guidestar

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization and its founder has contributed a lot in the lives of public across the globe. I have been associate with the activities since 1997 and found the best by all professional standards.

Review from Guidestar

2 Naveen G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with IAHV and spreding its objectives to the desired mass.

2 Srinivasan D.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to IAHV for several years. I have met several volunteers and have been really touched by the dedication and commitment. It is one of the few organizations which offer holistic solutions to issues we are facing today. And also most of the contrubution goes to the project and only few %goes to administration.

3 Tushar W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm frequent donor for their children education program. I've visited the schools and seen the progress in under privileged children, whose no prior generations had any education. The schools are very clean, food is very healthy, and really makes smart and brilliant students. One most wonderful aspect about this organization is they are completely run by volunteers and therefore their administrative costs are low turning most of your donations into direct benefit to the society.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IAHV has played a major role in transforming my and my friends life through the techniques and processes they taught us. I have the courage now to handle any tough situation in my life with smile and ease. It has restored the peace in life for me and several others. IAHV is doing an amazing job for the community, saved many lives, brought happiness to several homes and families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IAHV has been doing great work for many years. My kids have benefited tremendously by doing their breathing courses (art EXCEL). The organization is run by volunteers and the money raised by course fees is used for society in general and veterans and prison inmates in particular. Please look in to supporting this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The most striking thing about this organization and one that gives instant credibility to it, is that its entirely volunteer-run and I think mostly volunteer funded also. So literally these people are devoting their time and money to see a better world come about. In fact that's one of the teachings of the programs- to put yourself in service to others for true happiness.

On the downside, because its all voluntary, sometimes things can get a little mismanaged. Just a tad, but still impressive to see (and be a part of) all that gets done.

On a personal note, I have found lot of love and direction through this organization

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

During our current time you don't know who to trust and are not sure where your money is going. This is a group you can trust who does great work and is dedicated to make a difference in the world. I wish there were more organizations like IAHV. Making positive changes in the lives of our youth today, Veterans, people in need, the list goes on.....

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 8 year old took Art Excel Course through IAHV and I see tremendous changes in him. I see him more calmer, responsible, loving, giving and happy! The breathing technique that he has learned has been of great use because whenever things don't go well at school, he comes home and directly goes to his bedroom and does the technique. It calms his mind and helps him with his emotional suffering! He later shares with me what happened and he himself tells me the solution to deal with it! Its so amazing to see your child taking action in a positive and healthy way! I am glad that I know this organization because it teaches a child to fish rather than giving a fish :)


Love,
Happy Parent

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IAHV has helped my child blossom incredibly. She has repeated
The same ART EXCEL program for kids 5 times. She loves
The program!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a phenomenal organization - the type of work it does, it directly transforms the life of folks - from Youth Empowerment workshops for teenagers to handle stress; to helping people around the world to "re-build their lives" after natural calamities; to helping veterans deal with PTS & reintegrate back to regular-lifestyles; giving hope to prisoners; etc..!

I have been very fortunate to be a volunteer for this amazing organization and see results first hand, and am sure will continue to help out in any way possible!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization had a life changing impact on me. Words will not do justice to the work done by these people. One needs to experience the courses offered by this organizations and its sister organizations.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Been associated with IAHV for the past 14 months. I did stress managment programs and it has helped me immensly.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and supporter of IAHV for a while now. I have donated to various causes like the Tsunami in Japan, earthquake in India, earthquake in Haiti, etc.
I take particularly special pride in supporting the YES program offered by IAHV in schools. The program teaches young kids techniques to manage stress, control negative emotions - especially anger in young kids, be peaceful, and brings up their positivity, creativity, prepares them for the world they enter in to after school life, and sows the seeds for success in their lives. I have had the opportunity to listen to kids who have experienced the benefits of YES offered by IAHV at a fund raiser in San Jose, it was beautiful to hear transformation in kids in their own innocent words.

I will always support IAHV. IAHV offers great tools for me to make a positive impact on the planet.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a member of IAHV. Its program changed my life. I am more confident, it helped me finding my identity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Teenagers have benefitted immensely due to YES course program offered in schools (IAHV offer YES course programs in schools for Teenagers to handle stress ). As a volunteer it is fulfilling for me

Nilesh A.

Donor

Rating: 5

My son and many other teens are benefited by the YES! course offered by IAHV. I felt that the money donated to IAHV go long way be it for veterans programs or for any trauma relief program. The voluneteers are dedicated and diligent about using the money for administrative expenses.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I see they go out around the world and after the needed cause. In US, India I've read they are one of the first to respond. Besides necessary clothing, food, they also partner to bring stress relief which is very important to the affected people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer it was very fulfilling and gratifying.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended numerous concerts organized by IAHV and they have been wonderful. They collect the money very ethically, serve very graciously and stretch every dollar to the most to provide the benefits to the needy instead of the using it as management fees.

Donor

Rating: 5

IAHV has been one of the first organizations to respond to natural as well as man made calamities around the world. I have contributed to their many volunteer efforts - from Bosnia war to 9/11, Tsunami, Iraq war, Afghanistan war and other such tragedies. The organization is well run with respected leaders from the community. I have found IAHV volunteers to be truly selfless in service and genuine in their passion for the cause. I recommend this organization highly.

Viswanathan U.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A sincere and truthful organization which runs purely on the basis of service!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with this group and have seen them do some amazing work at schools. Teaching young kids in US to deal with stress is needed in this fast paced life, this is one of their projects. They are involved in several other humanitarian projects all over the world.

Seema B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IAHV is a dedicated and reputable organization with a great deal of integrity. It operates leanly and makes sure an extremely high percentage of any donation goes directly to programs. The management is conscientious and compassionate. IAHV is an organization that is truly in the mind of pure service to benefit as many people as it can.

Donor

Rating: 5

this is a very dedicated volunteer organization. I'm inspired by their energy, willing to go the extra mile in bringing a difference in people's lives.

The participants response after attending the programs offered by the organization were very positive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for IAHV for 3 years and amazed by the work done by this organization.

1 Christiane M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and many other teens were benefited by the Yes program offered at her high school free of charge. Many students reported feeling better about themselves and more confident after the program.

IAHV provides great service to our schools and I wish they could do even more and I know that will happen, if IAHV has more funds and engaged volunteers to extend the programs to more and more schools.

Thanks so much and keep it up!

Deepak G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered several times for the organization. Its amazing to see how the organization has reached out to veterans, corporations, school children and several others. I have experienced the transformation myself and continue to volunteer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

International Association for Human Values has been serving the society all over the world for decades. While they are among the first people to reach any disaster areas, they don;t just leave after providing for the immediate relief supplies. They stay there and continue to work to bring the survivors back on their feet through their trauma relief programs. Their youth programs are the best. If we want to improve human values in our society we need to start young - hence the way their youth programs instill these values in the young, it is amazing. It is amazing to see the change in the teenagers, high school students. The confidence they get in themselves and the way they resort to more peaceful ways to deal with their conflicts is extremely heartening to watch.

Sridhar N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for this organization because I was touched by and healed by the programs and services this organization conducts. They are curing the root cause instead of just preventing it. They are attending to the source by reducing stress on individual's mind and creating deep love in every ones heart.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The courses offered for teens are life changing, they help them deal with stress,emotions and turn them into great individuals and leaders

Donor

Rating: 5

The organization with projects that span a wide spectrum
of activities from sustainable tribal schools to disaster relief, run
by volunteers who themselves use sustainable techniques to keep
their inspiration and energy high is just so unique. And all this
With some of the lowest operating expenses of any non-profit in
the world!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Charity begins at home and charity covers many sins and the Lord loves the cheerful giver. Admiration to the friends, donors and well wishers of greatnonpropots.org. Because of this foundation hundreds and thousands of people around the world are benefiting for their future. This foundation is not only supporting students for their education but also supports for the construction of Churches. Church, the holy place of God, were people come and worship the Lord. Constructing a church is constructing a living and loving community. A community that lives in peace and harmony. A progress and productive community. A supporting and encouraging community. We appreciate this foundation for your generous contribution. Your foundation will be remembered and continually prayed. You have made hundreds and thousands of people to go to Church to worship the Lord. support and Construct a Church is great blessing. The people of Valicherla in Hanumanthupadu parish of Nellore Diocese are very grateful and remember you in their prayers. Thank you.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A committed group of self-motivating volunteers who have joined hands to bring on a huge transformation to people hit by various calamities - natural, man-made or self made.

In those tough moments, its our basic human values which come to the forefront - a smile, a hug, lots of love, compassion and so forth.

1 Amit T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have undertaken a lot of Breath Water Sound workshops for people in slum areas and villages and have seen amazing transformation in people's life

Vanitha T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

People who have done the Art of Living course become so energetic and inspired that they channel their energy in service projects in IAHV. Amazing group of volunteers.

vkhajuria

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having personally seen teenagers transform themselves from drug-addict, alcoholic lifestyle to getting rid of addictions, evolving and blossoming said it all for me! This program is outstanding, transforming the lives of our Youth and building strong pillars for the future!!

1 Satej C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was monitoring the work iAHV was doing for Uttrakhand disaster relief in India. I followed their calls from the disaster site to educate donors on the ground challenges and was amazed at the dedication the volunteers showed.

Their work in trauma relief is extremely praiseworthy.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have served as the West Coast Regional Director of YES! for Schools: an educational and youth development initiative of IAHV. The dedication and passion of the staff and volunteers to the organization vision, and commitment to service is commendable. One of the most inspiration and transformational years of my life was working for IAHV.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped with teaching their YES for high School Program. It was definitely out of my comfort zone in the beginning to stand in front of a whole high school class since I had not interacted with that age group a lot before. But the impact of the program on the kids was so rewarding to me that it made me go again and again.

Linda212

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working for IAHV is the most wonderful and life-changing experience for me. I've been working with IAHV for the past 3 years. I had an opportunity to grow and help others to grow as well. Working with youth become something I want to continue doing for the rest of my life. When I signed up with IAHV in 2010, I had no clue what turn my life would take, I knew teaching YES was one of the aspects and it's been the most rewarding teaching youth how to take care of their emotions and well being and recently I had a chance to work with inmates teaching IAHV Prison SMART at Chicago Cook County. WOW, that blew my mind, how much people are in need to learn IAHV programs.
If you want an amazing experience that would change your life try this.

Meenakshi S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IAHV gave me an opportunity to help out with the earthquake refugees in Haiti. As I spoke French, it was easier to connect with the Haitians and teach them simple but powerful breathing techniques combined with simple applicable points about handling life more efficiently. While at it, I was honored to support the training of 16 Haitian youth leaders who learned and trained along to facilitate more programs for their fellow countrymen/women. These youth in turn created a sustainable "urban agriculture (permaculture)" program to support food security. They also created grassroot disposal of urban waste and closing the circle with converting trash to food via composting.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IAHV provides great courses for the general public to help manage stress while transforming lives. I've taken these course several times and by the end of the course am counting days to when I can take them again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As our kids grow into into teens our curriculum teaches them everything about human growth and development but does not teach these young and impressionable teens anything about human values that is so innate to all humans. International Association for Human Values fills an important void in shaping a teens character by giving them valuable tools to deal with personal and induced stress and which in enables them to reflect the basic human values. The methodology, tools and techniques offered by IAHV YES for Schools (Youth Empowerment Seminar) program is very unique and has a broad appeal and a wide impact.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an organization with a lot of heart. It may not have the most funding or structure, but it seeks to help people in the deepest and most lasting way, giving tools for people to help themselves.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer to bring IAHV's "Youth Empowerment Seminar" program to high school students.
This program gives excellent tools to students and enables them to cope with life in a positive way.
Equipped with these skills, students will perform better academically, emotionally and socially.
If we want to reduce poverty, violence, depression and build better societies, empowering our youth is the easy way. That is what YES program in high schools does and volunteering for this cause is very very rewarding.

Gungun P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The volunteers are amazing
The organization is mind blowing
I cant say enough about it
What a desicated group
Tied together by lofty goals that they constantly try to fulfil
To make the world a better place
To make life better for those in desperate need

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has varied and wonderful projects that are focused on serving many different sectors of the population. Some projects are for military veterans, prisoners, school children, and many more. The organization inspires so many people to lend a helping hand. It is wonderful to volunteer for this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This wonderful non profit is helping the youngsters understand their emotions and hence better control them. By learning simple breathing techniques through workshops conducted at various schools it helps the students deal better with anger, peer pressure, bullying, anxiety as well as concentrate and perform better in school.
I loved volunteering for IAHV during one of the Cultural exchange programs, where youth from Japan visited the Bay Area, and underwent the trademark YES! course organized by IAHV. The soundness of techniques surpasses the demarcations of culture, country or race. It simply re-kindles the basis of what we are- Humans :)
If you get a chance to be associated with IAHV, go for it!

Donor

Rating: 5

Very candid and focused organization. Priorities are very clear for every project they have done. Always very well regarded by City and School District officials.

Lokesh S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


i learnt by volunteering that real joy is in helping others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned and grew a lot while volunteering for IAHV.

Donor

Rating: 5

The work that is being done through the YES for High Schools program is just phenomenal. Providing the right tools to teens, empowering them to make the right choices and helping them deal with stresses - whether it is in troubled neighborhoods or in high achieving schools - is something unique to this program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great programs are offered to youth in schools. It makes for an awesome platform conducive to learning and sharing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very happy to see that the teenagers & children are taken care through the IAHV system in schools. Stress is a delicate factor in one's life & this is a beautiful way of addressing it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with IAHV since 2001, and really impressed by the breadth of service and contribution it has made to communities all over the world. Whether it was for disaster relief and rehabilitation after the Gujrat, India earthquake in 2001 or Tsunami in 2004, the nimbleness and the efficiency with which IAHV mobilizes resources in serving those hard hit by these calamities is quite extraordinary.

IAHV continues to make huge long-term impact in local communities across all over the US through its YES for School programs (http://www.iahv.org/us-en/program/yes-for-schools/) and PRISON Smart programs (http://www.iahv.org/us-en/program/prison-smart/) with minimal overhead and administrative expenses, and in less than 5 years these programs have touched over 30,000 high school students, over 10,000 prison inmates. I will continue to be involved and support this non-profit organization for all the inspiring work it is currently doing!.

Lee_24

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been supporting the IAHV's Project Welcome Home Troops for a few years now. I am extremely impressed with all the great work they are doing for our young veterans and their families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A unique non-profit whose services aim to increase clients' self confidence, motivation, and enthusiasm. The organization is able to replenish its volunteering resources all the time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is doing amazing work in the community uplifting and empowering individulas. I am constantly inspired and motivated by their dedicated teachers and volunteers The work their teachers have done in schools is phenomenal bringing life transforming skills to kids who need it most