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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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November 9, 2014

In May 2014, Embracing the World volunteers in Slovenia donated 10,000 kilos (more than 10 tons) of rice and pasta to families in need through the ‘Friends of Youth’ organization.

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November 4, 2014

Amma’s 61st birthday celebrations saw the unveiling of a host of innovative sustainable energy solutions developed by our own Amrita University with the potential to help solve some of India’s most pressing problems, transform the lives of millions of rural Indians and make a dent in CO2 emissions.

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November 4, 2014

Embracing the World researchers at Amrita University unveiled an array of innovations in mobile technology on Amma’s 61st birthday. The new devices and applications are geared toward improving the standard of living for rural villagers.

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November 4, 2014

Amma has always said that she is not interested in celebrating her birthday, but that if her children insist, then it should be used as an occasion to serve. Amma used the occasion of her 61st birthday to announce massive expansions of our existing programs to help meet the basic needs of India’s poor.

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October 24, 2014

2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation, which disproportionately impacts women. In response to this global crisis, Embracing the World, through Amrita University, is teaching women to build and maintain toilets in their communities, thus empowering them to spread awareness and become ambassadors for change.

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October 21, 2014

After devastating floods swept through the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir, Embracing the World responded immediately, sending volunteers to the affected area. By October 6, our tertiary care hospital in Kochi, Amrita Hospital, had sent two telemedicine units equipped with health and relief facilities to the disaster zone. Hundreds of Kashmir’s flood-survivors thronged the medical relief camp we set up in the hard-hit Bandipore district.

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