What is AMURT?

AMURT (AnandaMarga Universal Relief Team) is one of the few private international voluntary organizations founded in India. Since its inception in 1965 its original objective was to help meet the needs of the affected population after disasters that regularly hit the Indian sub-continent. Over the years AMURT has established teams in thirty-four countries, to create a network that can meet disaster and development needs almost anywhere in the world.

In the Philippines AMURT has been in operation since 1968, providing emergency relief to victims of natural and man-made calamities. In 1985 AMURT International broadened its goals to include long-term development. We feel that we can play a useful role in helping vulnerable communities 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.

Principles

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 the 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 future

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