9/11 Terror Attack New York, USA (September 2001)
On September 11, 2001, nineteen Islamic terrorists affiliated with Al-Qaeda carried out coordinated suicide attacks, hijacking and intentionally crashing commercial passenger jet airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. This first major attack of global terrorism resulted in close to 3,000 casualties.
Within hours of the attack, The Art of Living and its sister organization, the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) began to set up public trauma relief workshops benefiting over 1,000 victims, witnesses of the attacks and residents across the USA.
Volunteers also arranged food for hundreds of fire-fighters in New York City, who, dealing so thoroughly with the disaster, had not been able to get any food for their members.
Getting America back on track
The Art of Living was invited to participate in "Back on Track America," a coalition aimed at getting businesses across America back on track in the post-September 11 business climate. Through this initiative, The Art of Living's team of stress-management specialists toured several cities across America, providing stress-management services to small businesses and their employees.
"Life is stressful for all of us these days, and a meditative practice not only helps people deal more effectively with stress and anxiety, it also aids mental clarity and focus - qualities that any business can appreciate. The Art of Living was at the top of my list - I know their programmes, I respect their credentials and experience in this area. I'm very pleased to have them as part of this coalition." - Jane Applegate, CEO & Founder, SBTV.