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Sad News

Dear Brothers and Sisters
Namaskar

Acarya Ramananda Avadhuta left his mortal body yesterday midnight. It is a know fact that ” which Cometh, Goeth also”. Indeed we have lost a jewel in him. He was a dedicated soldier of Ananda Marga and a master in carrying & managing relief operations through AMURT globally. Even in the later years of his life, his age and health condition never stopped him in working for His mission. I also had the privilege of working with him in field work and he has always been an inspiration. My two memorable occasion with him were: firstly, after the relief work in super cyclone of Orissa, when AMURT received Biju Patnaik Gold Seva Chakra amongst hundreds of NGOs, Ramanandaji was very happy with the relief work and secondly, his efforts in mobilising the relief work during Gujarat earthquake were extraordinary and commendable.

He will always have a respectable place in the history of Ananda Marga. His loss is irreparable. Certainly BABA has taken him into His lap.
Always in His Service
Ac. Nirmohananda Avadhuta

Child Friendly Spaces in Lebanon

The Pathways to Education program uses the successful Child Friendly Space model developed by AMURT over many years.

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Vulnerable out-of-school Syrian refugee children are provided a safe, nurturing environment where they can begin to overcome traumatic war experiences in order to rediscover their natural innocence and curiosity.

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Children are guided by teachers through a sequence of engaging activities designed to provide a reinforcing routine that employ various modalities in suitable physical spaces in the centre.

After some group games and energetic play, stretches and breathing help kids relax and concentrate.

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Simple techniques, like feeling an object or hand on their tummy, teach children healthy deep breathing which aids recovery from hyperactivity, aggression and other common symptoms of trauma.

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Given the right environment and care, children respond quickly. Within a few short weeks the incidence of anti-social behaviour falls dramatically in favour of cooperation, joy and a thirst for learning.

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The teacher’s role is immensely important. They are a pivotal role-model whose love, patience and positivity is gradually imparted to children.

 

 

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Healthy meals are served each day to all participants.

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Creative expression is encouraged through songs, drama, and arts and crafts.

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Children with disabilities also participate in the program.

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A blind child using sand-textured materials receives support from his teacher and another child.

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Kids line up to join one of the buses which will carry them safely home.

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Transport assistance is a vital need for the most vulnerable Syrian refugees.

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AMURT Good News from Nepal May 2016

AMURT has been active in the Sindhupalchok district of Nepal since the earthquakes of April and May 2015.

In 2015 AMURT provided psycho-social support and training to teachers in 13 public schools and build 92  temporary classrooms, shelters, toilets and WASH facilities. AMURT also provided mid-day meals throughout the 2015- 2016 academic school year to 1,309 students.

In 2016 the work in the schools shifted to repair of the original buildings (where possible), raise awareness of child protection and improve learning outcomes.

Additionally, AMURT embarked on a women’s empowerment and capacity building in the communities surrounding the schools. For this, workshops and awareness sessions was held for 725 people on Gender Based Violence, Legal Rights and Human Trafficking.

To increase capacity and earning potential, vocational training were held in cooperation with local women’s groups. The topics of the training were tailoring, vegetable gardening and food processing. The women are then connected to special markets for locally produced items and are now successfully selling their products there.

Schools damaged in the earthquakes were repaired and made earthquake proof

Schools damaged in the earthquakes were repaired and made earthquake proof

Student Child Protection Groups plan and present issues related to violence, ecology and child rights

Student Child Protection Groups plan and present issues related to violence, ecology and child rights

Awareness sessions on trafficking and violence are held jointly with local law enforcement

Awareness sessions on trafficking and violence are held jointly with local law enforcement

Tailoring and food processing trainings gives women new skills

Tailoring and food processing trainings gives women new skills

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Women learn to build a non-electric cold storage and how to make soap

Women learn to build a non-electric cold storage and how to make soap

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AMURT Foundation 2015

AMURT’s mission is to help improve the quality of life for the poor and disadvantaged people of the world, and those affected by calamity and conflict. We encourage and enable individuals and communities to harness their own resources for securing the basic necessities of life and for gaining greater economic, social and spiritual fulfilment, while honouring their customs, language, and religious beliefs.

AMURT (Ananda Marga 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.

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