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AMURT Portugal

description of organisation

AMURT is an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation with a presence in more than 80 countries. It focuses on social and humanitarian issues and aims to improve the quality of life of people in need through: disaster relief, permanent relief projects to support and empower disadvantaged individuals and communities, and create a balance between social and personal development. AMURT focuses mainly on improving the quality of life of the poor and unprivileged around the world, however, our concern is also to find solutions to the problems facing the communities where we work, in partnership with the local population. AMURT Portugal acts both in Portugal and internationally in partnership with NGO's in other countries. Regular activities and projects include a child sponsorship programme, which provides regular educational and nutritional support to underprivileged children in India, Bangladesh, Mozambique and Ghana. Through our SOS Schools programme we help schools in Africa and India to develop infrastructure as well as raising awareness in Portuguese schools of the problems faced by children in developing countries. Our volunteer programme seeks to foster a spirit of tolerance and understanding between developped and developping nations by sending volunteers to work in India, Nepal, Africa and South America. We also hold fundraising events and activities such as concerts, exhibitions, crowdfunding campaigns; we collect and distribute second hand clothes and books, organize workshops and lectures on a wide range of topics including nutrition to create an awareness of healthy food habits in children and adults, first aid and personal development. We also interact with the local population through participation in diverse fairs and festivals.AMURT Portugal currently has three centres, one in Lisbon, Cascais (the headquarters), a second one in Braga and a third in Covilhã.In Covilhã the centre was created in 2014, after some members of AMURT moved there from Lisbon and started interacting with other organizations and movements such as the local Transition Initiative, Ananda Marga, PROUT Research Institute of Portugal, Coolabora or OUSEM, among others.