About – AMURT Kenya

Kericho Integrated Free Medical Camp

Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT) is a voluntary charitable  nongovernmental organization, founded in India in 1965 by Shri Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar. 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 to create a network that can meet development and disaster needs across the world. In 1985 AMURT broadened the goal to include long-term development and health interventions.

AMURT Kenya was founded in 1993, registered as a non-profit organization, and runs over 20 projects countrywide.  In the year 2017, implemented projects in 9 (nine) counties spread within the coastal region of Kenya, Western region, Rift region, Central region and Nairobi. This includes Kiambu, Nairobi, Samburu, Marsabit, Siaya, Homa –Bay, Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi counties. The specific projects include DREAMS AJIRI Dada Project (Nairobi), Nilinde OVC Project (Coast), Inuka Community Based OVC Project – ICOP (Siaya), APHIAplus Western (Homa Bay & Siaya), APHIAplus KAMILI (Kiambu), GEC-T Wasichana Wote Wafaulu – WWW (Samburu & Mombasa), Young Health Programme (Nairobi), Global Fund HIV Project (Kilifi), and Global Fund TB Project (Samburu, Marsabit & Kilifi).

AMURT was able to support over 60,000 beneficiaries during the year, both directly and indirectly. These included Orphans and Vulnerable Children, youth, Adolescent Girls and Young women, girls from marginalized communities, key populations and general population. The organization also continued strengthening partnerships with other organizations, donors and key stakeholders. The organization experienced different general challenges, including delayed project funds, higher community expectations, dependency, prolonged period of droughts in some project areas, among other challenges.

MISSION                       

AMURT Kenya’s mission is to help improve the quality of life of poor and marginalized people by promoting health care, values and economic status of communities we serve.

GOAL

AMURT aims at realizing short-term emergency relief and long-term sustainable development programs through participatory community initiatives while respecting local culture and values.

VISION

To see a liberated, harmonious resourceful society, framed with fraternity, love and mutual respect.

MOTTO: “Service to Humanity is Service to God”

Special Student at Charera Primary School

CORE VALUES

AMURT’s fundamental values offering guidance in implementation of the mission include:

Caring Attitude – AMURT demonstrates compassionate support and concern for the underprivileged community. Through this, AMURT educates PLWHAS on Income Generating Activities so as to sustain their livelihood.

Donor Friendly – AMURT has over 10 donors and maintains close relations through providing quarterly, semiannual and annual reports and feedback on project progress.

Financial Sustainability – AMURT believes in meeting future needs of rural and urban informal settlements for years to come. AMURT therefore strives to carry out its mission strategically to ensure sufficient financial resources are available.

Integrity and Accountability –AMURT has the highest level of integrity and accountability in its administration, service, and outreach activities in line with the mission and objectives. AMURT maintains accurate reports and records for activities carried out.

Partnerships – AMURT works with various partners to meet project objectives through partner support in offering quality services, advocacy. AMURT strives to educate the public in the interest of rural and urban informal settlements.

Respect While AMURT provides support to the rural community and informal settlements, it recognizes the community’s culture and religion and does so without interference or coercion. AMURT practices are non religious, non political and non profit.

Responsiveness – AMURT finds solutions that meet the needs of the communities through disaster relief and support.