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.