September 17, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amma spoke via video-conference on how to continue work to address environmental and cleanliness drives across the country. After the meeting, Amma and hundreds of volunteers set out to clean a 16-kilometer stretch of coast in the Amritapuri area. Three days later, teams continue to haul in large volumes, and volunteers at Amritapuri’s Waste Management Center go through piles sometimes two meters high.

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September 14, 2018

VIDEO: In India, yoga is an ancient tradition for both physical and mental health. In its villages, Amrita SeRVe has been reviving the practice to aid people in returning to a state of well-being. In recent times, yoga practice has not been a part of people’s lives, as the required tasks to get by in life take up vital time. The way Amrita SeRVe has dealt with this is to assure villagers they are making a good investment.

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September 9, 2018

People who live in the village of Golamba in Madhya Pradesh, India are starting a healthier way to access fuel for the needs of their homes. We are running an awareness campaign on how to safely use liquid petroleum gas (LPG). Villagers across rural India–many of whom live below the poverty line–spend hours of challenging physical labor to collect firewood so they can cook for their families. The smoke they inhale while cooking causes serious health issues, especially in the lungs.

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August 27, 2018

August 27, 2018 – Kollam, Kerala, India During the Kerala floods, students and faculty at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s Amritapuri Campus were desperate to think of some way to help the hundreds of thousands of flood victims throughout the state. They had already set up donation centers for clothing, food and other care supplies. They had […]

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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
100,000 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