North and Central America

NC Prisoners Find Balance with Yoga

For almost ten years, Ananda Marga volunteer Steven Landau has run a weekly yoga program at Wake Correctional Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The voluntary two hour class includes Ananda Marga instruction on yoga postures, philosophy, kirtan, and meditation. Once a month, the prisoners are even treated to a vegetarian meal. Many participants have responded positively to the classes, reporting less aggression and higher levels of relaxation and physical well being.
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Haiti – Power to the People

AMURTEL in Haiti has joined hands with a local women’s group called the Association of Popular Educators from Anse Rouge (AEPA) to form a community bank that will support the development of cooperative businesses through micro-credit.

Since June, 2008 AEPA has been mobilizing women in northwestern Haiti to take control over their economic survival by training them in small business enterprises. AEPA has already formed 34 self help women’s groups with a membership of more than 500 women. Under AEPA coaching during the weekly meetings, the women have identified potential income-generating projects in their communities and have managed to raise the original start-up capital from their own meager funds!! They are now on the road to self-reliance.

This year AMURTEL has been upgrading the skills of the AEPA monitors in small business development and financial planning through a series of training sessions. To celebrate their success the women gathered in Source Chaudes village on International Women’s Day, March 8 for a parade and rally. The celebration and march followed a two day women’s empowerment training for the women leaders. After gathering together at AMURT/EL’s newly constructed Community Center for New-Humanist Education, the women sang cooperative songs and marched together to the village square, dancing and singing in celebration of their day.

“Today marks a historical day for these women”, said Dinali Abeysekera, Women’s Empowerment Project Coordinator for AMURTEL. “Just two years ago, not a single women’s organization existed in this commune. Today the women are not only marching together in solidarity, but they are working together in cooperative organizations to operate businesses, improve their health, and provide support to their families and children.”

HAITI: September 2008 summary, Gonaives Relief

Submitted by support
Author’s Name
Amber Lynn Munger
Project website www.amurthaiti.org
Project location: Village, Sub-district, District, Province, Country Gonaives, Haiti
Project type: Disaster Relief/ Development Project Rapid Response Disaster Relief
Project needs currently: human, in-kind, cash cash
Project support sources WFP, private donations
Project photos location http://resources.amurt.net/index.php?name=coppermine&cat=14
Project director’s contact: email and tel number(s) amurthaiti@amurt.net
Document large ver. in FTP? No
Project Sector: Education / Sanitation etc. Food
Project starting date 08/09/05
Published
Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:11 am
AMURT & AMURTEL’s rapid response team based in the worst hit town of Gonaives currently distribute food to over a third of the city’s most vulnerable. Each family receive food for two weeks. We work with community leaders and small associations to determi
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HAITI: OCAH reports after flooding in September 2008

Submitted by support
Project type: Disaster Relief/ Development Project http://www.amurthaiti.org
Project director’s contact: email and tel number(s) haiti@amurt.net
Document large ver. in FTP? No
Published
Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:46 am
Various situation from OCHA after flooding in Haiti in September 2008
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AMURT Haiti floods 2008 Sept 11 2008

Submitted by support
Author’s Name
Dharma
Project website www.amurthaiti.org
Document software .doc
Project director name: Sanskrit / Legal Dharma / Demeter Russafov
Project type: Disaster Relief/ Development Project Development and Disaster
Project needs currently: human, in-kind, cash Cash, laptops
Project support sources AMURT USA, WFP, Canadian International Development Program, Catholic Relief Services
Project photos location http://resources.amurt.net/index.php?name=coppermine&file=thumbnails&album=56
Project director’s contact: email and tel number(s) haiti@amurt.net
Document large ver. in FTP? No
Project staff: No. Staff (Paid/Volunteer) 30 staff / 200 volunteers
Published
Fri Sep 12, 2008 8:07 pm
SITUATION ASSESSMENT REPORT – Gonaive.
This download contains several files from AMURT Haiti
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