Saturday, May 8, 2010

Guruji signs MoU for Haiti relief effort

May 3, 2010: Furthering efforts to rebuild Haiti after the earthquake, the Art of Living founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Haiti relief with North Miami Mayor, Andre D. Pierre, Esq. on April 27. The aim of the MoU is to accelerate the relief work in Haiti and provide sustainable solutions that address the specific challenges in the country.
The MoU includes trauma relief measures for the Haitian Diaspora, who are reconstructing their lives in a new environment. Special stress and trauma relief courses will be conducted for the affected people to deal with post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). Stress management workshops will also be offered to community service providers. Yoga, meditation and breath techniques will prevent compassion fatigue and increase levels of efficiency at work.
Relief work is already being conducted in Haiti through the International Association for Human Values (IAHV), Art of Living’s sister organization.
The first phase of the relief work involved the distribution of materials such as food, garments and medicines.
Trauma relief workshops were also conducted, which helped the affected people cope with the psychological shock of losing their loved ones and the security of their homes. Many local Art of Living volunteers, who survived the quake, visited hospitals, counseled refugees and helped people stay calm during the aftershocks
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