AMURTEL was formed in 1975 as a sister organization to respond
specifically to the problems faced by women and children in their
struggle to develop. AMURTEL is managed by women and initiates
programs that raise the standard of health and education of women
and their children. The programs also permit women to gain greater
self-determination and economic independence. Please visit their
website for a complete presentation of their programs around the
One of AMURT’s great strengths is its people. Its people are
concerned citizens attracted by the AMURT principle that compassion
for everyone and everything is the starting point of relief and
development. Many are professional volunteers who provide thousands
of hours of volunteer time to keep our budgets low. KIDS Worldwide
is a non-profit, non-religious organization affiliated with AMURT.
It supports the well-being and holistic growth of vulnerable
children, women and their communities. Through compassionate service
and the nurturing of a universalistic outlook, Kids Worldwide give
volunteers from around the world a chance to realize their true
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AMURT (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team) is one of the few
private voluntary organizations of Third World origin, being
founded in India in 1965. Its original objective was to help
meet the needs of victims of disasters that regularly hit the
Indian sub-continent. Over the years AMURT has established teams
in twenty five countries, to create a network that can meet
development and disaster needs almost anywhere in the world. In
1985 we broadened our goals to include long-term development. We
feel we can play a useful role in helping the poor break the
cycle of poverty and gain greater control over their lives. For
us, development is human exchange: people sharing wisdom,
knowledge and experience to build a better world.
Our mission is to help improve the quality of life for the poor
and disadvantaged people of the world, and to assist the victims
of natural and man-made disasters.
We believe that the best assistance is that which encourages and
enables all people to develop themselves. Hence we help
individuals and communities to harness their own resources for
securing the basic necessities of life and for gaining greater
economic, social and spiritual fulfillment, while
respecting their customs, language, and religious beliefs.
We seek local solutions. AMURT understands that there are no
ready-made solutions to problems of poverty. Every situation is
unique and requires its own local solution. Because AMURT field
directors are already based in the areas they serve, they are
better able to promote a solution that is suitable for each
particular set of circumstances. This translates, for example,
into small business cooperatives for poor urban women in the
Philippines, neighborhood homes for abandoned children and
infants in Mongolia, drinking water supply programs in Ghana and
pre-and primary schools for underprivileged children in Costa
Rica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mongolia,
Nicaragua and South Africa.
- Every human being has the right to meet his or her own
fundamental needs such as nourishment, accommodation, medical care,
clothing and education. The resources of the earth should be used in
a just and appropriate way to meet those needs.
- Every human being regardless of race, creed, gender, color or
social status is a dignified member of the human family and should
be treated with understanding and respect.
- It is only by showing respect for women, and ensuring their
integration and active participation in the development process,
that a harmonious growth of the family, community and society as a
whole can be achieved.
- Development is a balanced process that maintains an equilibrium
between industry and the environment, urban and rural growth, human
needs and available resources. Development should lessen the gap
between rich and poor and provide opportunities for all.
- Appropriate development begins within the social and cultural
framework of each community. It enables underprivileged communities
to gain a greater degree of independence to determine their own