LATEST NEWS
August 9, 2020

Swami Amritaswarupananda presents nine inner changes humanity must make for true transformation in the wake of COVID-19. The pandemic has been an eyeopener – as have past disasters like the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression, and two World Wars. This time, how can we ensure we do not make the same mistakes again?

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July 30, 2020

Amma instructed residents in Amritapuri to wear masks at the beginning of March. Production began in the tailoring department there, which inspired Embracing the World volunteers around the world to do the same in their communities. Now from health workers to the homeless in city streets, volunteers are sewing masks to bring protection to all sectors of society.

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July 20, 2020

VIDEO: The coronavirus pandemic has infected nearly 14,500,000 people around the world, according to official counts. At least 605,000 people have died, and the virus has been detected in nearly every country. Amma advises to never forget the lessons that Nature is teaching us during these times. Here are some of her words on how to proceed with courage, practise caution and alertness, and pray for grace.

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May 18, 2020

From the design of N95-style masks for frontline health care workers to the creation of a hotline to provide grocery services, AYUDH Americas has come together to find solutions for the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout North and South America, their key focus is joining together as youth to meet the needs of those who are struggling at this time.

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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
75 MILLION DOLLARS
in disaster relief since 2004
51,000 SCHOLARSHIPS
for children in poverty worldwide
200,000 WOMEN
helped to start their own businesses
47,000 HOUSES
in 75 locations throughout India
4.7 MILLION PATIENTS
treated free of charge since 1998
10 MILLION MEALS
every year for the homeless and hungry throughout India
MORE THAN ONE MILLION TREES
planted worldwide since 2001
ONE IN THREE
children from our orphanage in India earn a college degree
LIFETIME FINANCIAL AID FOR 100,000
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