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. In 1985 AMURT broadened the goal to include long-term development and health interventions.
AMURT in Kenya was founded in 1993, registered as a non-profit organization, and runs over 20 projects in 10 counties spread within the coastal region, Western region, Rift region, Central region, and Nairobi. This includes; Kiambu, Nairobi, Samburu, Marsabit, Siaya, Homa Bay, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu counties to achieve its strategic goal of improving health care, education, youth empowerment, improving individual and group skills on income generating activities, initiating Agro-forestry, farming and environmental sustainability projects serving over 150,000 people countrywide.
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 the 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, the prolonged period of droughts in some project areas, among other challenges.