The Art of Living has adopted a multi-faceted approach to bringing comfort to those affected by disasters. With its worldwide network of volunteers, the organization is often able to respond swiftly to disasters anywhere in the world.
“Unless the trauma is released, food and medicines will not work. People cannot eat or sleep because their mind is full of the terrible tragedy that has befallen them. With a healing touch, support, and a vision for the future, disaster victims are able to reclaim their lives.”
- Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
While bringing material relief for immediate medical and food crises is the first priority, The Art of Living also recognizes that complete rehabilitation only happens when the trauma is dealt with at an emotional level.
The Art of Living Disaster Relief hence follows a 3-tier approach:
- Immediate: Includes the provision of material aid and supply of necessities like food, clothes, medicines, and temporary shelter. Doctors, counselors, and physical relief workers are typically part of the effort.
- Short Term: Trauma-relief programs to help victims deal with any emotional stress. These are breath-based, practical techniques that have been proven to calm the mind, enhance sleep, and eliminate depression.
- Mid to Long Term: True relief can only happen when people have a sustainable future. Volunteers work with local communities, building homes, sanitation systems, roads, schools, vocational training centers, and other necessary infrastructure.