India COVID-19 and Cyclone response

Multiple chapters of AMURT in Inda has been providing regular support to those affected by COVID-19 lockdowns and subsequent loss of livelihoods.

Treating it as a disaster with hygienic precaution and social distancing, volunteers in 15 states have served more than one million people. In the months of April through June 2020 hundred of thousands of hot meals were served regularly and households were given dry ration like rice, pulse, oil, potatoes, soybeans and other essential commodities.

The severe effects of COVID-19 were compounded by large cyclones hitting both the east and west coasts of India. In the disaster affected areas, AMURT and AMURTEL volunteers redoubled their efforts and often provided both hot meals and dry rations as well as tarpaulins for shelter as per need.

  • Food parcel distribution in India COVID-10 May 2020

COVID-19 Response in USA

AMURT’s Food For All (FFA) program in Washington DC has seen a four-fold increase in demand for food over the past four weeks, increasing from 140 weekly food recipients in late March to 503 in late April. The new clients include senior citizens with underlying health issues, people with disabilities, single parents with children to feed all day at home and the recently unemployed, especially those laid off from restaurants. Read more

Brazil: Enhancing youth participation

AMURT is running a youth program in its own building in Restinga, one of the underprivileged satellite towns around Porto Alegre in the south of Brazil.

Some of the youth are referred to the program by government institutions; others come due to the program’s reputation. Read more

Cyclone Fani, Response, Odisha, India

Extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani was the strongest tropical cyclone to strike the Indian state of Odisha (formerly Orissa) since Phailin in 2013. AMURT’s relief team jumped into action immediately after the storm made landfall on May 2nd, 2019. They started by clearing trees from the roads and went on to distributed food and non-food items. Read more

AMURT team supports Cyclone Idai survivors in Mozambique

Cyclone Idai crashed into Mozambique on March 14, causing catastrophic flooding which has killed more than 500 people in the country and affected over 1 million survivors. For the past week, an AMURT team has been working in partnership with the Maputo Rizwan Adatia Foundation from Maputo in distributing food and hygiene kits to some of the 90,000 Mozambicans who have taken refuge in temporary shelters.

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Child Safeguarding Standards

Child safeguarding is the responsibility that organisations have to make sure their staff, operations, and programmes do no harm to children, that is that they do not expose children to the risk of harm and abuse, and that any concerns the organisation has about children’s safety within the communities in which they work, are reported to the appropriate authorities. Read more