The situation there is beyond the scope of the few big aid agencies and massively beyond what economically-crippled Greece can handle. The bulk of the work on the ground with thousands of refugees arriving daily is being done by small volunteer groups from within Greece and abroad. AMURTEL is one of those groups and we and those we serve ask for your help. Please visit our crowdfunding campaign to contribute:
The Syrian crisis has led to a large number of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and refugees. At the end of September this figure stood at around 2 million IDPs in Syria and 400,000 refugees in neighboring countries. Most of these people depend on humanitarian assistance, or sharing host families’ dwindling resources to meet basic needs. This figure is growing daily and has led to a doubling of people in need in the last couple of months.
AMURT and AMURTEL has local volunteers in Syria and Lebanon distributing food, non-food items and providing assistance with medical and educational needs. In Lebanon, AMURT runs case management services for refugee families hosted by their friends and relatives in the mountain villages overlooking Beirut. The AMURT team selects the most urgent cases and works patiently to meet their individual needs, be they getting a child admitted to a local school, or finding a hospital willing to provide urgent medical care.
Many of the refugees have harrowing tales to tell. Mohammed, a grandfather, took shelter with relatives in western Syria, but had trouble even getting bread as the streets were too dangerous to enter. He used his savings to pay an exorbitant fee to a driver to take him across the border. “It was like escaping from jail,” Mohammed said. “The driver took a lot of money because we could die in the street.” We have organized much-needed medical supplies and winter items for Mohammed and his family.
AMURT is appealing for funds to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of refugees seeking our assistance.
Zahraa and her family arrived in Lebanon as refugees from Syria a month ago. For the first two weeks they stayed at a construction site but are now in temporary housing. AMURT helped Zahraa to go to school and provided her family with bedding and other necessities for the winter.
These siblings escaped Syria with their mother. Their father had to stay behind as he is on dialysis and the treatment is beyond their means in Lebanon. AMURT helped this family with clothes and bedding in preparation for the cold months ahead.
14 September is Prabhat Samgiita Divas, the anniversary of the first Prabhat Samgiita song. On 14 September 1982 Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (Shrii Shrii Anandamurti) wrote the first of over 5,000 devotional songs called Prabhat Samgiita (Songs of the New Dawn). He gave the last two songs on 20 October 1990, bringing the total to over 5,000 in just a little over eight years.
As with all special occasions, on this day we are opening the link of the film Embodiment of Bliss: The Life and Legacy of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti…
Deepen your sadhana in the highly spiritually vibrated dreamland of Ananda Nagar, through daily spiritual practices, devotional classes, excursions to tantra piithas (spiritually charged places where yogis attained enlightenment) and other amazing places, amidst beautiful natural surroundings with a perfect climate and pure air and water.
We will be staying in the heart of Ananda Nagar at the Yoga Wellness Centre. The facilities there are the best at Ananda Nagar, with delicious wholesome sentient meals and comfortable rooms with attached bathrooms.
The program includes daily spiritual practices (asanas, kiirtan, meditation), classes in the morning and excursions in the afternoon, including meditating at tantra piithas in and around central Ananda Nagar, and visits to Baba’s house, Asthi Pahar (Fossil Hill), Cave of the Nine Cakras, Dadhiici Hill, the Daksina River, Pasaka wilderness area, Belamu Mountain, Uma Nivas women’s centre, and other Ananda Marga social service projects.
Here is a video I made from photos I took there to give you an idea of what Ananda Nagar is like at that time of the year:
Food, accommodation and admin are US$550 for the 30 days (1-30 November), or if you cannot stay for the whole month then US$150 per week, or US$25 per day. If you want to take treatment at the Wellness Centre then it is an additional US$5 per day.
To secure your place, contact me to arrange a deposit of US$150 for the month (or less if you are staying less time).