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Amma is a visionary humanitarian and spiritual leader who has personally embraced more than 33 million people across six continents.

Each of Embracing the World's projects has been launched to help the world's poor who have come to unburden their hearts and cry on Amma’s shoulder.

That's where we come in, and you can, too. Receiving Amma's embrace, many feel inspired and want to give something back.

Learn more about our work in the areas of food, shelter, healthcare, education, livelihood, emergencies, environment and research.

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
70 MILLION DOLLARS
in disaster relief since 2004
46,000 SCHOLARSHIPS
for children in poverty
100,000 WOMEN
helped to start their own businesses
45,000 HOUSES
in 75 locations throughout India
3 MILLION PATIENTS
treated free of charge since 1998
10 MILLION MEALS
for the homeless and hungry throughout India
ONE MILLION TREES
planted worldwide since 2001
ONE IN THREE
children from our orphanage earn a college degree
LIFETIME FINANCIAL AID FOR 69,000
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
Volunteer-run

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.

DOING MORE WITH LESS

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.

"MY CHILDREN ARE MY STRENGTH"

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

Featured News
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June 26, 2015

In November 2013, the Philippines faced a deadly natural disaster. Superstorm Typhoon Haiyan swept a path of devastation through the country. For the survivors, many of whom lost their homes and livelihoods, the storm was a shattering experience. Embracing the World’s ongoing work has given hope, solace and concrete relief to those struggling to get back on their feet.

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June 16, 2015

In September 2007, just after Amma’s first visit to Brazil, our local Embracing the World volunteers were invited to help a community of lepers. Every month we visit the center, bringing a hot meal for the residents.

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June 7, 2015

In January, public health students from Harvard University and social work students from our own Amrita University teamed up to research the impact of alcoholism on the mental health of tribal peoples in Wayanad as well as address the issue through youth education and empowerment.

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June 2, 2015

In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, Amma sent representatives to deliver immediate relief and evaluate options for longer-term aid. Within days of the disaster we distributed basic provisions, medicine and tin sheets for temporary shelters.

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May 28, 2015

On December 2nd 2014, our volunteers in Cancun, Mexico celebrated the “Giving Tuesday” by feeding 600 people.

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May 28, 2015

On February 25th 2015, 63 Japanese students came to Uttarakhand to help for the second time in the Rehabilitation Project in Chandrapuri, Kedarnath Valley.

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