A Neohumanist Education conference was recently held in Brazil.
Take a look at the latest video from Ananda Vasundhara master unit in Brazil…
…and Visao Futuro, also showcasing Neohumanism in action:
The DMS in Siberia was a resounding success!
AMURT (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team) was one of the first NGOs on the ground after the super-typhoon.
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Here’s a letter from Dada Dharmavedananda, written soon after the typhoon struck:
First came the greatest earthquake that any of us had ever experienced.
Our relief work was still going on for the survivors, when only 3 weeks after the quake, came super typhoon Yolanda, or as known elsewhere hurricane Haiyan.
This one was said to be the strongest hurricane in world history.
In the beginning hours the news was scattered and mostly in the form of rumors , with electricity cut all over this part of the country. In the worst hit areas even cell phone coverage was wiped out.
At least in our Ananda Marga Wellness Center and in the Yoga Center in Cebu the only losses were numerous trees ripped out by their roots, and the trauma of seeing countless objects roaring past our doorways and windows. In the midst of it, a heartfelt strong kiirtan enabled our own fears to subside. But when the winds diminished we found some of the neighbors roofs blown off, including the homes of some of our own staff.
And then it was quiet, and yet still news only came in drops and dribbles. Apparently at that point the outside world still knew more than we did.
It is now midnight Tuesday. Yesterday morning we sent a team to survey the damage in northern Cebu Province, where the Eye directly passed.
Yesterday evening we sent a team by specially charted ship to survey Tacloban.
And this morning we sent another team to the already surveyed northern Cebu Province – this time with food for the suffering.
The Tacloban team had a tough time even reaching there. To get there we partnered with the Federation of Volunteers through Radio Communication (FVRC), of which the Chief Officer is our close friend. The FVRC is one of the first to go to any catastrophe area, as other communication systems are usually down. The ship arrived in Hilongos, due to the danger of sailing directly into Tacloban, where at least 10,000 were already dead. From Hilongos the 140 kilometer trip was by 4-wheel drive jeeps, and it took many hours not only because of trees across the road, but especially because of numerous people lying on the road – people who wanted to stop and then ambush the jeeps and steal whatever food and water was on board. But our staff and partners had wisely hidden their foodstuffs, and so gradually they passed through that test.
They reported that from the half way mark until finally arriving in Tacloban – 99% of the houses and structures were demolished. Try to imagine that.
In the city they temporarily established a base in the damaged but still standing city hall, and from that time we began intensive communication with our team leader, Avaniish. Approximately in his words:
“The faces of the people look completely blank – like zombies. The damage is 10 times beyond the earthquake (where he had also worked for many days). Debris is piled everywhere, and the smell of death is unavoidable. All the government offices are wiped out, no where to turn for protection. The military only to be found at the airport. Here they are in the worst need for food.”
Then he joked that even though shops had been ransacked for food, at least while stealing gas from the gas stations everyone was patiently standing in line.
And so we have made a plan to borrow $5000 to purchase food tomorrow (Wednesday) for Tacloban, and are arranging military escort and a ship – hopefully by tomorrow itself. We will most likely send it with cooking equipment and served it cooked, as people simply have no stoves to prepare uncooked materials we might give them.
It will be far from sufficient, but at least it is a start.
As to the team that went this morning to northern Cebu Province: Our van had less than a 3 hour drive before encountering a scene hardly better than Tacloban. Again most of the houses leveled to the ground. Children and adults standing in the road begging for food and water. The only difference from Tacloban was that not so many had died because there had been no storm surge, so no drowning. But the hurricane winds had done their work with equal power, demolishing almost everything in sight. Tens of thousands of houses were destroyed.
Our contacts were in Bogo City, precisely where the Eye had passed. No government workers, no non-governmental workers had been there to help them. We were the first on the site, and the people were overwhelmed with happiness to see our volunteers. We brought cooking equipment, and a small amount of food, enough to serve 600 people. Upon receiving the food, many cried and embraced those serving. In fact it was painful not to be able to help others.
And so tomorrow we will borrow another $2000 to purchase food for the north, and likewise serve it to them cooked.
More days of great need will follow.
Our global and sectorial AMURT staff are doing what they can to drum up support. We shall likewise do all we can to serve as many as we can according to the funds sent.
Later when the threats of starvation and disease are less pressing, we shall think about house rebuilding and other long-term works.
Acharya Narada Muni appeared at TEDxRobina 2018:
The Bhaktas concert at Starlight 2017 was a beautiful event.
Bliss Festival 2017…
Ongoing monthly satsaunga is held by Dada Shuddhacittananda and the Brisbane margiis in a local Brisbane community hall…
Dada Gunamuktananda appeared at TEDxNoosa 2014:
… and gave a follow-up meditation intro and course at the Brisbane Yogafest
… and Cairns Beaches Yoga in Cairns:
An inspiring Meditation Surf Camp was held recently in Yamba, on the east coast of Australia.
This documentary showcasing the practice and philosophy of Ananda Marga was filmed at the New Year’s Gathering in Tyalgum:
The Sunrise Kindergarten in Melbourne has been upgrading its playground and resources with the help of parents and the Ananda Marga Melbourne community:
Our TBAs (Traditional Birth Attendants) currently cover 33 villages. AMURT has distributed 1 ton of millet in the flood-affected area of Bangeldaye. A watershed management program was initiated to collect surface water and keep the rainwater from running off without penetrating the soil by means of small check dams and other rainwater harvesting methods such as creating barriers to retain water around trees.
At the Bissiri master unit, the transition into organic farming is proceeding smoothly as the farmers have clearly understood the benefit of it. We have a donkey and a few goats and are working to acquire some cows in order to produce our own manure. A beekeeping project has been started to introduce beekeeping to the community.
Our clinic in Bissiri, near Ouagadougou, is growing. We hired a second nurse and have nearly completed a new room for the increasing number of patients during the rainy season (which is the big malaria season too). We are also building a simple toilet and bathroom facility. One of the nurses is now living in the MU itself. This allows the patients to get care during the night. We have been able to dig a borehole. The regular supply of drinkable water in quantity is a very great improvement.
We now are making our own bread, thanks to a very simple traditional mud brick oven. The bread is nice and our trainer, a French baker and friend, had the community taste its very first bits of pizza! Now the bread is made every day, small bread that the community can afford. There was no local bread available until now and everyone enjoys it.
Neohumanist school in Ejura, rural Ghana:
ALF has grown, matured and transformed over the last few years.
As a non-profit organization, we have grown into our new format as a social enterprise, a charitable non-profit that also will engage in income generation activities to support the service work.
We’ve moved our focus from training to establishment. Stabilizing the individual clinics and practitioners has been the priority and well as the pharmacy and its products, which will provide a stable future for continued growth in alternative medicine in Kenya.
We’ve reached out to East Africa and have partnered or supported homeopathic projects and practitioners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.
Our core activities have become more self-sufficient through various income-generation. We have been mostly self-sufficient in our running costs for several years. Though, we still need your help for our special projects and charitable work.
The Spirulina Project: free distribution to children in need
The Spirulina Project started in 2011, is the brainchild of Didi Ananda Prama, Ireland. This highly nutrition blue-green algae is being grown adjacent to our Kambimawe Clinic in order to supplement nutritionally needy children in the area. Kambimawe is located in Eastern Province Kenya and regularly suffers droughts. It especially in those times that food is scarce and the children suffer from malnutrition. The spirulina is easy to grow and easy to distribute.
Recently HEAL International NV has supported the project by funding the constructuion of a permanent structure for the tanks. Now production is up and more chilodren are able to be put into the programme.
Free Children’s Clinics in Partnership with HEAL International NV
In partnership with HEAL International NV, seven of ALF’s affiliated clinics have been conducting free children’s clinics. In the first quarter of this programme about 1000 children have been attended to for their general healthcare. Grateful parents report that the health of their children have improved greatly. The children are also receiving a regular supply of spirulina.
Free Malaria Prevention and HIV-Supportive Medicine Distributions
In 2014, three independent projects from Western and Nyanza provinces approached ALF for health care support. Four hundred courses (doses) of the homeopathic anti-malaria medicine Malarix was distributed and 160 courses of Iquilai, a very effective immune restoration medicine in the management of HIV. In addition 200 doses of Wormex, for intestinal worms was also distributed.
New Clinics and Clinic Upgrades
In conjunction with the Free Children’s Clinic Project with HEAL International NV, five affiliated ALF clinics were upgraded or were finally established. Our affiliate homeopaths sometimes have waited for years until funds could be available to help them establish themselves. Thanks to HEAL, we were able to assist Elizabeth in Buruburu (Nairobi), Phylis in Kiambu (Nairobi), Joseph in Machakos (Eastern), John in Matuu (Eastern) and Munga in Likoni (Coast).
Allergy Treatment and Speciality Clinics
Thanks to the visit of Dr Neha Seth of Mumbai in May, a number of ALF affiliate homeopaths were trained in her unique homeopathic approach to the treatment of allergies. It is Dr Seth’s view that allergies – the body’s state of intolerance to substances – poses an obstacle to cure. By desenstizing and curing the patient of their allergies opens the door to the treatment of any other disease as well. As a result we have upgraded a few of our clinics to specialize in the treatment of allergies.
Abha Light Dispensary
The Abha Light Pharma opened its doors in Westlands, Nairobi in 2011 and has been growing ever since. It’s being run by the two-person team of Rachael Masaku and Jadu Rawi. Rachael is trained in homeopathy, reflexology, Bowen Therapy. She is also a certified trainer in NADA therapy and an Infant Massage instructor. Rawi is studying homeopathy and is our business & sales manager. She sees her clients in a therapy room at the back of the shop.
The dispensary has over 2,000 homeopathic remedies available to serve the practitioners of East Africa and individual from the public. As the public comes to know of its existence, the dispensary has grown and stabilized as a viable enterprise. The dispensary has also supplied professional remedy kits to private practitioners in Rwanda, DR Congo and Uganda. We hope to continue to support the spread and growth of homeopathy throughout East Africa.
Visiting trainers and volunteers
Volunteers have ever been a part of ALF’s history and growth. We are ever thankful for their contribution to the projects. This year we had Jette Limberg from Germany. Her contribution in furthering the training of personnel was invaluable. Thanks Jette.
Malaria Research Partnership
ALF has also been in partnership with Martien Brands and Suzanne van Berkel in pilot studies in the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment of Malaria
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Didi Ananda Ruchira
Three health centers have been opened in Ebonyi State of Nigeria: Ephenium Health Center, Omege Health Center, and Offia Oji Health Center. In Abakaliki Local Government Area in Ebonyi State, AMURT has started working on water and sanitation programs. In August we signed an MOU with the local government council to provide water through boreholes to ten new villages and to rehabilitate broken boreholes in four more villages. AMURT is carrying out the program in partnership with NIWA, a local NGO.
In addition to the boreholes and repairs, AMURT has organized WASHCOMs (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committees) in each of the communities and provided comprehensive training for them. The training includes water management, repair and maintenance of the boreholes, human rights, conflict resolution, leadership and HIV/AIDS awareness.
The villagers also learned livelihood skills like soap making, pomade making and bead jewelry production. They were also taught how to make Tippy Tap, a unique way to facilitate hand washing, pioneered in India. Seven of the ten boreholes have been installed. The remaining three were delayed due to inaccessible roads. With the beginning of the dry season these villages are now accessible and will be completed in the next weeks.