October 11, 2019

Three members of AYUDH Europe travelled to New Delhi for UNESCO MGIEP’s first World Youth Conference on Kindness. The goal of the gathering was to impart critical competencies such as empathy, compassion, mindfulness and critical inquiry to enable young people to transform themselves and build long-lasting peace in their communities. MGIEP is UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development.

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September 28, 2019

Tens of thousands of devotees and well-wishers from across India and around the world attended Amma’s 2019 birthday gathering in Amritapuri. The event included prayers for world peace, financial support for families in urgent need, and the inauguration of a new school of Sustainable Development at Amrita University.

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September 19, 2019

For five days, more than 175 youth from across North, South and Central America met to explore how collective, global peace begins with inner peace for each person. The gathering was for AYUDH Americas’ sixth annual youth summit—the Ripple Effect 2019. Youth from different walks of life, be it students to young professionals, learned to harness inner strength, self-love and awareness as the first steps in achieving a harmonious community.

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September 10, 2019

VIDEO: Saukhyam means happiness and well-being in Sanskrit. We chose that name for our reusable pad project because we believe menstruation has been undervalued and ignored for too long. Women give birth to every human being and menstruation makes that cycle possible. When you switch to reusable pads, you are respecting the environment, celebrating the life cycle and honoring your place in it.

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Our Founder & Inspiration: Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma)

Spiritual leader, humanitarian and visionary Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (known to millions simply as ‘Amma’),
is a servant of the world community. Through her inspiring life of love, inner strength and self-sacrifice,
Mata Amritanandamayi has inspired people all over the planet to strive to make more and more space in the hearts
for others and to dedicate free time to social service.

At the invitation of admirers from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe and elsewhere,
Amma travels throughout the world, guiding people to emotional fulfillment as well as offering insights and solutions to
global issues such as environmental pollution, mistreatment of women, and religious disharmony.

At the center of Amma’s life is her darshan: the tender, caring embrace that has been sought out by millions.
It is in this intimate manner—a heartfelt hug—that Mata Amritanandamayi meets one and all, listens to their problems
and gives them the inspiration and knowledge to uplift themselves and, ultimately, others.

What we've Achieved
in disaster relief since 2004
for children in poverty worldwide
200,000 WOMEN
helped to start their own businesses
47,000 HOUSES
in 75 locations throughout India
treated free of charge since 1998
every year for the homeless and hungry throughout India
planted worldwide since 2001
children from our orphanage in India earn a college degree
widows and people with disabilities
Amma has done more work than many governments have ever done for their people... Her contribution is enormous. - Prof. Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Founder, Grameen Bank

Prof. Muhammad Yunus

2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Founder, Grameen Bank

Our Approach

A unique feature of Embracing the World's administrative structure is that all top-level administrators at both the national and international levels are volunteers. There are also a huge number of volunteers active at every level of the organization - the vast majority of all our efforts are carried out by volunteers. This combined with an ethic of personal renunciation demonstrated by Amma and filtered down to every level of the organization ensures that the funds raised directly reach the beneficiaries of our projects, instead of being dissipated in administrative overhead.


Studies show that when governments and some organizations allocate money for relief projects, much of it is dissipated in wages. Amma points out:

“It's like pouring oil from one glass to another down a line — in the end, you don't have any oil left; it is all stuck to the inside of the glasses. This way, 1,000 dollars become 100 dollars by the time it reaches the people. Whereas if we get 10 dollars, we add our effort to it and the money multiplies.” – Mata Amritanandamayi

Amma is not blaming the government; of course, government employees need to make a living. But our army of volunteers allows us to do more with less.


We don't use contractors. All the materials-like bricks, windows, doors, tables, chairs, beds—are made in-house. The electrical, plumbing and structure is all done by volunteers. But Amma places the credit for her success squarely on the shoulders of her admirers around the world.

“It is my children who have made all this possible. My children are my wealth; they are my strength.” – Mata Amritanandamayi