Disasters & Projects

Philippines Flood Relief

In Cagayan de Oro the AMURT team distributed food rations to 400 families at Lower Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City. After recent flooding in Southern Philippines more than 1,000 persons died or are missing and 300,000 have had to flee to shelters after their homes and villages were washed away. AMURT Philippines has several teams in the area assisting the affected communities.

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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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Prabhat Alloi

People living in the dry rural area surrounding the village of Dabar lack the necessary infrastructural components to achieve a decent standard of living. Prabhat Alloi Inc, a partner of AMURT, has been in West Bengal since 2008 working to combat problems including inadequate water provisions, poor hygiene, lack of educational opportunities, high rates of infant and maternal mortality, shortages of housing and clothing, lack of electricity, poor roads and pathways, and frequent drought conditions causing hunger. One village in the area is home to about thirty men and women suffering from leprosy, who are largely dependent on an inconsistent flow of government supplies. Read more

Samburu Community Assistance Project – Kenya Drought Relief Update

August 2011: Kenya’s drought has been declared a national disaster.

Ten million livestock have died, crops have failed and its now 35kms or more to the nearest water for people in the worst affected counties. Water sources remain unprotected and easily contaminated.

AMURT is currently setting up supplemental feeding for several thousand at-risk people (children under five, pregnant and lactating women and the elderly) in Samburu East District in the northern part of the country. Our recent community assessment identified further needs for water, sanitation and mobile clinics. We intend to develop with the community programs for remote food and water distribution, emergency bore holes, water source protection, child friendly spaces, mobile clinics and long-term capacity building through water harvesting, consumers’ cooperatives and a model farming project.

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Burkina Faso 2011

Introduction to the work in Burkina Faso

Connecting Deou’s 28,000 Inhabitants to Medical Care

Since 1986, AMURT has held a presence in Deou and its surrounding territory, engaging in forestation and the development of hospitals, wells, cooperatives and cereal banks. The organization and its volunteers were first assigned to this incredibly rural and disconnected part of Burkina Faso by the country’s Ministry of Health and has been helping to improve the lives of the area’s inhabitants with ever since. In 2001, health education became the program’s primary focus. AMURT’s general objectives include:

  • Further training the 33 community-based TBAs (Traditional Birth Attendants)
  • Improve the health care provided to mothers of the Sahel region
  • Organize educational activities through theatre and meetings
  • Find efficient ways to reduce the scarcity of water during the dry season.

In remote communities of the Moussi and Peuhl tribes, as many as 60 % the girls have their genitals cut at the age of 12-14. This Peuhl girl is from the Ndiawe village, a nomad community.

AMURT’s activities are spread within a radius of about 50 kilometers of the Sahel region, comprising more than 35 villages and a population of over 28,000 inhabitants. The Sahel is a particularly poor and environmentally damaged region of Africa south of the Sahara that became infamous in the 1970’s when almost 200,000 people died as a result of drought and famine.

Most villages have nothing resembling a medical center, and the only things that can get a person in danger to a government clinic are the donkey cart ambulances provided by AMURT. These clinics are around 50 kilometers away and are poorly equipped, often lacking doctors to care for patients. Pregnancies are can be especially dangerous as women rarely receive medical checkups and are exposed to heightened risk of anemia and malaria in addition to the normal difficulties encountered in childbearing.

Accessing clean water is a daily struggle in Deou. During the long dry season, people line up day and night in often distant places to fetch just enough water for their daily needs. Many wells and bore holes have dried up as the underground water table is consumed faster than it regenerates. Cattle are forced to move greater and greater distances between water points and grazing areas. This places great stress on them and several die from the trek.

Our trainer Madame Oubda takes time to answer questions personally after her class on breastfeeding Fanta from Boulekessi Soum was trained in 2005 and has established herself well in her community

Village midwives

The AVs are earning the respect of their communities. They are assuming a position of leadership that has been unavailable to women due to the traditional separation of the sexes. The AV’s effectively fulfill the role of the health promoter for mothers and babies. Their training has also brought them to the frontline to raise awareness in this conservative society about concerns crucial to the welfare of women. For example, they are advising women in their communities about family planning and the threat of HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS is brought to the area by men who travel to find work in the dry season.

The Peuhl AV at Ndiawe village gets help from visiting UK midwife Suniiti Crowther to understand how to better use the instruments in her midwife kit
The AV from Bungelday gets read to practice oral resuscitation. The use of teaching aids (visuals and dolls to demonstrate/practice on) are particularly important when teaching the illiterate, who find it difficult to follow theoretical classes
Before the program started, virtually no women of the Bella tribe would come for pre-natal consultation or deliveries at the medical centers. With the efforts of the AV´s (village midwives) these attitudes have started to change, and the Bella tribe no longer remain aloof from the health infrastructure of the country.


India floods October 2009

Submitted by support
Author’s Name
Global Diaster Liaison
Project website amurtindia.org/PhotoGa…%2021.html
Project location: Village, Sub-district, District, Province, Country Karnataka and Andhara Pradesh states, India
Project type: Disaster Relief/ Development Project Disaster Relief
Project accomplishments Distributed over 40,000 water packets, 8000 Lemon Rice packets, 6000 Biscuits, 3000 buns and breads, 500 blankets, and several truck loads of old clothes.
Project needs currently: human, in-kind, cash Cash, food, clothes, medicine, volunteers
Project support sources AMURT India
Project photos location http://resources.amurt.net/index.php?name=coppermine&file=thumbnails&album=66
Project director’s contact: email and tel number(s) delhi@amurt.net & bombay@amurt.net
Document large ver. in FTP? No
Project Sector: Education / Sanitation etc. Food, non-food, medical
Project starting date Oct 3, 2009
Project staff: No. Staff (Paid/Volunteer) 20 staff 100 volunteers
Published
Fri Oct 16, 2009 2:55 pm
We distribute water, dry foods, clothes and blankets. We also provide urgent medical as well as psycho-social care. The operation serves up to 10,000 people daily. Click on the Download Now link on the right for more details.

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For Remittance of foreign donations : T.T. may be sent in favour of ANANDA MARGA UNIVERSAL RELIEF TEAM” FCRA ACCOUNT NO:- 0861239117 with Citibank N.A., Mumbai :

There are different account nos. and locations for remitting funds in different currencies, i.e. if donations is given in :

a) US DOLLAR : Please mention Citibank Mumbai A/c No. 36241797 with Citibank New York Branch
b) POUND : Please mention Citi Bank Mumbai A/c. No. 600091 with CitiBank London Branch
c) EURO : Please mention CitiBank Mumbai A/c. No. 5501024 with CitiBank London Branch
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Padang Earthquake Response – October 2009

Submitted by support
Author’s Name
Kalyani
Project website resources.amurt.net/index.php
Document software pdf
Project director name: Sanskrit / Legal Dada Ragodbhasananda
Project location: Village, Sub-district, District, Province, Country 21 villages in the 3 districts of Pariaman, Padang Pariaman and Pesisir Selatan, Indonesia
Project type: Disaster Relief/ Development Project Disaster Relief
Project accomplishments By end October, AMURT had distributed food and/or non-food items to more than 2,600 families
Project support sources KNH
Project photos location http://resources.amurt.net/index.php?name=coppermine&file=thumbnails&album=65
Project director’s contact: email and tel number(s) ragodbhasananda@amurt.net +62 813 75003538
Document large ver. in FTP? No
Project Sector: Education / Sanitation etc. Shelter Food Non-Food Protection psycho-social education
Project starting date Oct1, 2009
Project staff: No. Staff (Paid/Volunteer) 5 staff 5 volunteers
Published
Sun Oct 11, 2009 3:05 pm
Click on the Download Now link on the right for more details. There is both a response overview and a human interest story.
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