Amma is a visionary humanitarian and spiritual leader who has personally embraced more than 35 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
in disaster relief since 2004
for children in poverty
100,000 WOMEN
helped to start their own businesses
45,000 HOUSES
in 75 locations throughout India
treated free of charge since 1998
for the homeless and hungry throughout India
planted worldwide since 2001
children from our orphanage 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

January 24, 2016

After a bountiful organic harvest at our mid-western center in Chicago, Illinois, our volunteers partnered with the nonprofit Lakota Circle, providing vegetables to a Native American reservation in South Dakota where residents often struggle to access healthy food. To support the children of Pine Ridge reservation, we also sent 150 small hats, knit by women in Uttarakhand who have graduated from our vocational training program

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January 18, 2016

Eight American students from Westminster High School in Atlanta, Georgia, travelled to rural India in order to help construct toilets supporting village women as part of our self-reliant village initiative. Arriving on January 8th the students are excited to start the experiential-learning immersion program run by our own Amrita University.

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January 6, 2016

Doctors are in short supply across rural India, since most prefer to work abroad or in urban areas after their medical training.Our volunteers are now pursuing a solution to this problem. Our own Amrita Hospital and Amrita Kalpetta Tribal Hospital trained 8 young men and women on how to provide basic medical services to tribal villages.

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January 3, 2016

On March 20th, 2015 our volunteers in Cancun, Mexico inaugurated an organic farm. The farm will be a living classroom, providing hands-on experience to teach impoverished individuals in local communities how to grow their own food. The goal is not only to provide food for these individuals’ own households, but to grow enough food for our La Cocina de Amma project, which feeds almost 400 people each month.

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January 3, 2016

Our work in the villages of India continues to show the power of skill training in empowering young women. One such woman, Sucheta of Dunda, has been using the skills she has gained to sew sustainable and reusable cloth sanitary napkins, which she continues to teach and produce in her village and beyond.

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December 26, 2015

Impoverished communities across Kenya struggle with high levels of blindness and lack of access to adequate medical care. As part of a continued effort to relieve visual impairment in the region, a team of dedicated Spanish volunteers recently visited Kenya for the seventh time over the past four years, providing over 200 free surgeries to poor residents.

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