Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT) is a local non-governmental organization registered in Kenya in 1993. AMURT works in close collaboration with national and county governments in Kenya under the Ministries of Health, Ministry of Education, Agriculture and Livestock, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection and Ministry of Gender and Youth.
AMURT core programming is community-based health care provision with a focus in primary health care, HIV prevention care & treatment, tuberculosis, maternal & neonatal child health, OVC care & support, youth programming, curative health services, palliative care for people living with HIV/AIDS, gender empowerment, and emergency humanitarian relief. As of 2022, we have a presence in 13 counties in Kenya.
Fully Kenyan and independent, AMURT is inspired by Shri Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, an Indian Guru and Philosopher who in 1965 sought to help victims of disasters that regularly hit the Indian subcontinent.
One of our fondest memories was providing care and support to a bed-ridden OVC caregiver, enabling her to regain good health and achieve economic stability.
Graduates of a youth capacity building project who received training on housekeeping, job placement, financial literacy, and savings
AMURT’s role has gradually changed and significantly grown over the last 20 years. We started as a local NGO running health centers serving populations in Kangemi and surrounding areas. Since then we’ve gone through eight phases:
Phase 1: Supporting HIV response through Home Based Care
Phase 2: Training Healthcare Workers and communities
Phase 3: Enhanced Community HIV awareness and prevention
Phase 4: Organizational Capacity Building phase
Phase 5: Sub – grantee to renowned INGOs implementing PEPFAR projects
Phase 6: Direct Recipient to USAID Funding – New Partners Initiative (NPI)
Phase 7: Strengthened and expanded grant acquisition capacity
Phase 8: Prime Local Recipient of mega-PEPFAR integrated grant
Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT), Kenya
Years as USAID/PEPFAR Partner:18