AMURT UK is a grassroots community development and disaster relief organisation. We work with local communities to relieve poverty and immediate suffering and empower people to lead healthy, happy and environmentally sustainable lives. AMURT UK was founded in June 1986. AMURT stands for Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team and UK denotes our location. ‘Ananda’ means ‘bliss’ and Marga ‘path’ in Sanskrit. AMURT UK’s projects in the UK consist of the homeless feeding programmes in London and Liverpool, the Made In Hackney Local Food Kitchen, and the Food For All health food shop, a not-for- profit limited company, health food store and herbal dispensary, the proceeds of which are donated to AMURT UK to allocate as small grants to projects in need.
The Global Family
AMURT UK is part of a global network of AMURT chapters, each with their own independent legal status and local focus but united philosophically by a shared mission and spiritual practice – Ananda Marga. Our Philosophy.
The first AMURT chapter was founded in India in 1965 to do local relief work. As the Ananda Marga philosophy spread globally, so did AMURT’s international relief and development work. It was significant for being one of the few global NGOs originating from the developing world.
There are AMURT chapters in over 80 countries with dynamic, grassroots relief teams and development projects in over 30 of these locations. In order to best serve their local communities each AMURT chapter responds to the specific needs and challenges of their local areas.
AMURT’s greatest strength is its wealth of human resources, particularly our dedicated local staff and experienced, life-long volunteers – many whom have sacrificed careers and material comfort to serve others.
All our chapters are renown for their low over-heads and humble running costs, meaning 90% plus of donations go directly to service delivery as opposed to fancy HQs and over inflated salaries.
We work with local people and resources to relieve immediate suffering at the time of an emergency.
We work to empower local communities to be economically and environmentally self-sustainable in the long term.
We see people as capable of achieving far more than they often imagine and support them, within their own social, cultural and religious context, to realise their full human and spiritual potential.
We believe that real progress comes with the all-round development of individuals and their communities.
We empower individuals to be the bright, free-thinking drivers of change.
We work with communities to foster the principles of responsibility, love and leadership, helping to uplift the whole community.
We lay great emphasis on the development of sustainable projects, which generate their own income and thus can maintain themselves in the long run.