Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon

Healing, Nonviolent Empowerment and Preventing Extremism for Children impacted by armed conflict

13/11/2020 - 12:46

The project aims to enhance the wellbeing, resilience and psychological reintegration of children impacted by armed conflict and violence and reduce violent behaviour risk.


  • Budget: € 1,281,188
  • Location: Lebanon (Tripoli), Jordan
  • Date of project: December 2016 – December 2019
  • Implementing Partner: International Association for Human Values UK (IAHV), CrossArts

Children and youth are the hope and the key for the creation of a peaceful society. Yet, many children from underprivileged backgrounds or escaping war-torn countries, experience deep traumas that can lead to violent and harmful behaviours towards themselves and the society around them.

This project aims at providing training and opportunities of peace building to children and youth, with the objective of increasing social cohesion in the communities, across generations, religions and social backgrounds.

Many young people expressed that their participation in the project changed their perception of their lives and the world around them, and kept them away from reactive patterns, anxiety and frustration. Exemplary in having overcome their personal traumas, obstacles and disappointments, these youth from violence-affected backgrounds have changed their behaviour from violence, bullying, aggression and depression into acceptance, social action, understanding and positivity.

In the current times of uncertainty and chaos, the youth were equipped with new healing, confidence, skills and vision that prepared them to write and implement their own peacebuilding projects in their schools and communities, on issues that are close to their heart and lives. Carrying their messages through self-made theatre plays, puppet shows, flash mobs, songs, dances, movies and online campaigns, they are creating waves of peace and hope throughout Tripoli.


  • Enhance the wellbeing, resilience and psychological reintegration of children impacted by armed conflict and violence and reduce violent behaviour risk, through:
    • Addressing the range of psycho-social consequences among children impacted by armed conflict and violence, providing trauma-relief, healing and empowerment, and restoring their overall physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
    • Contributing to the prevention of extremism and violent behaviour of children by strengthening human values, resilience and nonviolent attitudes
    • Addressing the needs of the most vulnerable children and their environment through a comprehensive community approach, with the aim to empower youth and children as important actors for sustainable peace-building and prevention of extremism
    • Building the capacity and ownership of the local community to provide preventive and rehabilitative support to children



  • Vulnerable and at-risk Lebanese and refugees children, aged 7-18, with 50% girls
  • Teachers, caregivers, peace/social/youth frontline workers
  • Children’s school communities, families and community members


  • Workshops and training for children and youth addressing psychosocial issues and capacity building: Stress Relief and Resilience workshops; Trauma-Relief, Healing, Resilience and Human Values Trainings.
  • Youth Anti-Violence and Peace Ambassadors Trainings (YAVAP): empower selected youth with the values, skills and tools to become leaders in violence prevention and peacebuilding on their school campuses and in their communities. YAVAP graduates design, organise and implement impactful awareness raising activities through different forms of art and specific peace and community projects to address the impact of violence in their lives.
  • Workshops and training for teachers, caregivers and social, protection and youth frontline workers: training in personal resilience, stress management and professional/self-care; Trainings of Trainers to build the capacity of local key teachers and frontline workers to become effective multipliers.
  • Family and community members are offered a Healing, Resilience and Empowerment training.
  • Multi-stakeholder consultation processes with families, communities, frontline workers, youth, relevant key activists and organisations.
  • Customised ongoing support and mentoring for Trainers of Trainers and Youth Peace Ambassadors.
  • Production and dissemination of video and report including inspiring stories of hope, lessons learned, impact evaluation and policy recommendations.
  • Celebrations, awareness and advocacy activities to strengthen community involvement and ownership.


  • 8,000+ Lebanese and Syrian children affected by trauma, conflict and violence have received basic training in stress relief and resilience tools.
  • 300 children most at risk of violent behaviour, self-harm, suicide, aggression or recruitment, have received deep trauma-relief, empowerment and human values training.
  • 100 trained Youth Peace Ambassadors designed and implemented awareness-raising and peace-building projects to prevent and reduce violence in their families, schools and communities. These youth, affected by conflict, violence, stress or trauma, causing apathy, isolation, depression, anger and aggression, have transformed their own wounds, and turned them into confidence, energy, positivity and action for a better society. They have been equipped with wellbeing, confidence, values and skills to be effective change agents to prevent violence in their communities.
  • 1,700 parents, families, caregivers, community members, teachers, caseworkers, youth and protection workers are provided with stress management and coping tools that enable them to provide a supportive and violence-free environment for the children.
  • 60 frontline workers are effective multipliers for Stress Relief and Resilience for children in their schools and communities.
  • 8 certified new Lebanese and Syrian IAHV trainers can deliver basic stress relief workshops to thousands of children in need.
  • Reduced trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and improved resilience, healing, sleep, among children impacted by armed conflict.
  • Reduced frequency and severity of violence, criminal activity, recruitment, aggression, anger, grief, enmity, extremism and strengthened connectedness, human values, positive self-esteem and outlook.
  • Increased awareness and understanding among officials and practitioners of needs and risks of children impacted by armed conflict, and the importance to strengthen a culture and practice of human rights and dignity.
  • 9 Peace Art Performances were designed and implemented by the Youth Peace Ambassadors in Tripoli and are ready for continuous implementation: Modern Dabke dance against widespread bullying; theatre play and interactive discussion to raise understanding about violence and reduced life opportunities caused by early girls’ marriages; awareness raising clip, theatre play and interactive discussion to prevent school dropout, destructive behaviour and crime; musical, interactive theatre and Silent tableaus to raise awareness about different forms of violence affecting girls and women in Tripoli; play and song to prevent use of drugs among youth leading to crime, violence and suicides; a documented social experiment and interactive discussion on violence inflicted on victims of cyber blackmailing; education campaign on positive ways to cope with stress; Mural visuals, graffiti and interactive discussion to change attitudes related to sexual harassment
  • The project has deepened social cohesion between different Lebanese communities, Syrian communities, as well as amongst all of them, across generations, religions and social backgrounds.
  • Large scale public awareness raising and introduction of innovation in conservative cultures: people are inspired by the simple but effective link between wellbeing and inner and outer peace. They are inspired to share and spread this further for the benefit of their families and communities.

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