Since August, 2017, targeted violence and serious human rights abuses forced 620,000 Rohingya to flee Myanmar into Bangladesh, joining the 230,00 refugees already there. The majority are under 18.
In the front lines of human despair, the role of the NGO worker is as essential as it is gratifying. When the tumultuous turns of an unforgiving world seem to declare that all hope is to be lost, a myriad of men and women step forward ready to attend to the downtrodden. But what drives them? There lies the untold story of working in disaster situations. Read more
Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rossello described hurricane Maria as “the most devastating storm in a century” and said that Maria had hit the island’s electricity grid so badly that it could take months to restore power. AMURT & AMURTEL has volunteers in Puerto Rico and is appealing for donations.
AMURT has been active in Lebanon since 2012 supporting Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese host communities. Since 2015 the focus has been creating a pathway to education, providing psycho-social support and giving youth a chance for self-expression and supporting their struggle for livelihoods. Read more
Harvey began as a major category four hurricane – the first to make landfall in the US in 12 years. It triggered flooding and many areas could be uninhabitable for months. AMURT has volunteers in the area and are appealing for cash donations.
In the summer of 2011, the UN identified severe drought in the Horn of Africa. Affected countries in this East African region include Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan. Considered the worst in 60 years, the drought caused a severe food crisis across the region, affecting close to 10 million people. Read more
Stephanie Walker and Chris Jones, Vermont volunteers extraordinaire, jumped in and began sending out requests for donations and were also able to get complimentary baggage allowance from Jetblue, with the result that we brought 9 bikes with us Read more
The Wasichana Wote Wasome (WWW) project has the goal to improve school enrolment, retention, attendance and learning outcomes of girls in school throughout Kenya. The project, funded by the UK government, consists of a consortium of five organizations, with AMURT being the lead implementing partner in Samburu and Mombasa Counties. Read more