With its worldwide network of volunteers, the Art of Living is often able to respond swiftly to disasters anywhere in the world, providing physical and mental relief as well as material aid. Through this network, The Art of Living has established itself as one of the vital providers of disaster rehabilitation programs the world over.
The Art of Living, along with its sister organizations, the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) and Vyakti Vikas Kendra India (VVKI), has taken upon itself the responsibility of rehabilitating societies affected by violence and other natural disasters. IAHV and VVKI have together carried out 150,000 stress relief workshop benefitting more than 5.6 million people to date.
From extensive relief and rehabilitation work in the tsunami-affected areas to earthquake relief in Gujarat, volunteers from The Art of Living have gone beyond their own safety concerns to attend to the mental, emotional and material needs of victims of these disasters.
Immediate material aid and service
The Art of Living provides emergency services and material aid in the aftermath of disasters. These include food, clothes, medicine, and shelter. Doctors, counselors and other physical and mental health experts form an integral part of such immediate relief efforts.
Near-term trauma relief
For survivors of disasters, who have experienced severe physical and emotional trauma, material help alone is not sufficient. Alleviating the trauma and helping people to reclaim their lives is essential. A study on The Art of Living Trauma Relief Programs which were delivered to large groups of South-East Asian tsunami survivors showed significant relief from post-traumatic stress disorder in only four days.
True relief can only happen when disaster survivors are completely rehabilitated - physically and emotionally, and on both, personal and societal level. People also need to have a sustainable means of earning their livelihood. To achieve this, our volunteers work in villages and with local communities, building homes, sanitation systems, roads, schools, vocational training centers and other necessary infrastructure.