AMURTEL was founded in India in 1975 by philosopher and humanitarian P. R. Sarkar, with the mandate to respond specifically to the challenges faced by women and children in times of disaster, and in developing economic and social strength and purpose across all areas of life.
Amurtel has established women-managed teams and partnerships across the globe to meet disaster and development needs. Along with addressing the immediate needs of individuals and communities following a disaster, longer term projects include schools, homes for abandoned children, health services, feeding programs, vocational training, self-help groups, and micro-credit lending cooperatives.
Amurtel encourages local involvement within vulnerable communities to break the cycle of poverty and gain greater control over their lives. For us, development is a partnership- people sharing wisdom, knowledge and experience to build a more just and equitable world.
Amurtel began its work by women who saw service and social change as a natural extension of their yoga and meditation practice. Although many of our project directors are women who continue to embrace the yogic lifestyle, Amurtel maintains a deep commitment to honor and respect the choices and beliefs all members hold.
Amurtel supports a decentralized approach to management with many of our programs having their own board of directors, and creating partnerships with sister Amurtel organizations in other countries.