The pervasive presence of violence throughout Afghanistan continually reinforces adverse circumstances for civilians, law enforcement officials, and criminal offenders.
As such, the intention of SYA is to educate a wide array of individuals throughout the Afghan culture. Intended beneficiaries of the SYA initiative are as follows:
Inmates and Other Purveyors of Conflict
There are many individuals, both incarcerated and not, who consciously seek outconflict and the destruction of others. Upon their release, inmates' collective propensity for violence will be a risk to public safety, and other individuals currently posea similar threat. To counter violent tendencies, these individuals will require an education showing them how to control their fears and frustrations. SYA aims to help these individuals to overcome violence, poverty, depression, and stress as well as to explore the inner ressources that foster compassionate action into daily life. Inmates in Afghanistan include :
- Prisoners of Pul-e-Chakhi jail
- Prisoners from Guantanamo Bay
- Suicide bomb attackers
- Drug dealers
Other purveyors of conflict include
- Drug addicts in pursuit of rehabilitation and former narco-trafficants
- Former young kamikazes from Medresa
- Former members of the Taliban
Soldiers, police, and guards are under a lot of pressure to be constantly vigilant, as they are continually vulnerable to attacks from suicide bombers and militia factions. This adds a lot of stress and adversity to their daily life. Government officials bear the burden of responsibility to implement and sustain positive change in their country.
International peacekeepers like members of the US and UK forces incur the stress of coming under attack during times of fighting. It will be beneficial to train these individuals to overcome the disturbing and often traumatizing nature of their environment while performing their respective roles or, in the case of international personnel, before reintegrating into their own families and societies back home. Peacekeepers in Afghanistan include :
- The Afghan National Army
- American, British, and other international armed forces
- Soldiers, police, and guards stationed in jails
- Ministers and other high-ranking government officials
Orphans and street children will be joining the work force following whatever education or institutional support they may have received during their youth. If they lack the skills to perform side by side the educated youth, they will be vulnerable to the many different factions who will prey on their vulnerability and lack of self worth.
Afghanistan's educated youth are the future leaders of Afghanistan and if they have been trained in the art of peace and are aware of their inner potential, they will be better equipped to spread the message and practice of peace. As 65% of the Afghan population is under the age of 25, it is of particular importance that the objectives of SYA be pursued in relation to this country's younger population. Young members of Afghan society include :
- Students at universities and public schools
- Teenagers in boarding schools from tribal and conflict zones
- Young children living in orphanages and on the street
Health Professionals and the Medically Compromised There is extensive research (see below) regarding the health benefits of Yoga and meditation. Members of Afghanistan's healthcare community will greatly benefit from understanding the methodologies that hold such significant promise for their respective charges. With proper instruction on how to share such methods, there will be a noteworthy improvement in the general state of Afghan health and wellbeing.
Associated beneficiaries include :
- Medical doctors
- Counselors in Mental Health Clinics and hospitals