November 5, 2019

VIDEO: In collaboration with the Spanish organization Visió Sense Fronteres (Vision Without Borders), Embracing the World was invited to conduct another cataract surgery campaign in Africa. The Ophthalmological Department of Zambia’s Ministry of Health supported the initiative, and 140 procedures took place at the provincial hospital of Kabwe in the north of the country.

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October 30, 2019

At Amma’s 66th birthday, Shri Rajnath Singh—India’s Honourable Minister of Defence—inaugurated the Amrita School for Sustainable Development. The department will have undergraduate, master’s and PhD programs that focus on areas in line with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The approach centers on students undertaking experiential learning in villages across India alongside classroom and research studies.

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October 24, 2019

VIDEO: Pepe is a hand-shaped robot with a small video screen mounted behind its green plastic exterior. Installed on a wall near school washrooms, its purpose is to encourage children to practise proper hygiene as they pass by. Designed by researchers with Amrita University and the University of Glasgow, Scotland, Pepe’s pilot project in rural Kerala has proven to be a huge hit.

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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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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