The International Association for Human Values (IAHV) offers programmes to reduce stress and develop human potential. Our programmes enable and nurture leaders. This facilitates the flourishing of human values in the individual and communities.
IAHV is committed to the upliftment and growth of humanity on a global scale. We foster the daily practice of human values – a sense of interconnection and respect for all people and their natural environment. We promote and encourage an attitude of non-violence and the ethic of social service. Our programmes enhance clarity of mind, engender a shift in attitudes and behaviours and develop communities and leaders who are inspired, resilient and responsible.
- All human beings are equal.
- Responsibility and an attitude of selfless service are the foundation of true empowerment.
- Peace, happiness and compassion are the intrinsic nature of human beings.
- Socio-economic development must be built on human values to be sustainable.
- Incorporation of human values into all aspects of life will ultimately lead to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.
The International Association for Human Values was created in Geneva in 1997 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as a global platform for humanitarian initiatives that solve problems by uplifting human values.
Through its country organizations and partners IAHV conducts service projects and raises funds for humanitarian and disaster relief initiatives throughout the world. IAHV is registered in the following countries: France, Germany, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Russia, Slovenia, USA, Canada, South Africa, Kenya, India, United Arab Emirates, Australia and St Lucia.
IAHV was registered as a Non Profit Organization in South Africa in 2004
NPO Registration No. 032 – 206 – N.P.O
PBO Registration No. 93000 3286
IAHV holds special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Some of the success stories
Breath Water Sound“I feel relaxed. My head is clearer. My chest feels open. I feel positive and I do not feel stressed. I want to include the breathing and meditation in my own exercise routine.” - BWS participant, Tradewinds Parasol, Cape TownBreath Water Sound
YES!4Communities“Personally it was mind-blowing and a very good course. I have learnt how to relax my body and my mind by doing long and short breathing techniques. I also learnt how to be responsible for my actions and how to manage my stress.” - Jodean SasYES!4Communities
“My experience here was outstanding because some lovely people kept me focused in my creative expression of changing the world. Now I am: more caring, more confident in my vision, clearer on how I am going to strategize my vision in changing the world. I have taken tools that will take me far in life. It is the best program because it is effective in creating a positive change in the mind of people. My greatest wish is that it spreads to help my people in Africa.” I, SowetoYouth Leadership Training Programme (YLTP)
YES! has helped me be more confident and build my self-image and self-concept more than it used to be. I have learnt a better way to deal with stress and not let anyone push my buttons. The focus technique has helped me in my studying. After each class I feel relaxed, it helps calm my mind. The power breathing helps me get more energy, the only thing is it takes a lot of power. I really appreciate your help and support in this class. Thank you.KK Grade 9 learner, Pretoria
Mr Thabatha, Principal, Adeline Meje Primary School“There has been a lot of noticeable improvement in academic performance. The June results are impressive and when comparing the learners who attended Yes! For Schools and those who did not, there is a huge difference. The learners who attended the classes concentrate more that those who did not attend. Those who attended are always calmer and cooperative most of the time. The school is really impressed to see the change and we hope that the lessons will continue to be taught to other grades so that our school becomes a better place.”Principal, Adeline Meje Primary School