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
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

August 23, 2015

In December of 2014, our own Amrita Hospital in Kochi installed the da Vinci Surgical System, a robotic surgical platform.

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August 23, 2015

More than 224,000 people are affected by blindness in the country of Kenya. Despite this proliferation, however, most ophthalmological services are located in urban areas, leaving rural areas in need of support. Recently, Embracing the World has been filling this vacuum by providing canes and visual aids to blind Kenyan youth and performing free surgeries in rural areas.

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August 17, 2015

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, (COP21) will take place later this year in Paris, France with the goal of reaching a global agreement about climate that will be legally binding under international law. Leading up to the COP21, pressure was building to prepare the agreement that will emerge from the conference in December. An event was organizedin anticipation of the conference bringing together well-respected spiritual and moral authorities from diverse faiths and traditions from all over the world including Swami Amritaswarupananda.

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August 17, 2015

Uncorrected “refractive error” is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, even though it is easily fixed with a pair of eyeglasses. In February 2015, our volunteers collaborated with local organizations as well as Vision Without Borders to carry out our first campaign to prevent refractive error blindness in Cancun, Mexico.

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August 9, 2015

Stories of schoolyard bullies, stolen lunch money and jealous rivalries are familiar to us all, but combine that with the power of social media and bullying takes on a more form in the 21st century.  That is why AYUDH, our youth branch has developed a unique project aimed at combatting bullying in schools and communities.

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August 9, 2015

Five young survivors of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake who have been receiving Embracing the World scholarships since then wrote a letter to Amma after graduating from high school this summer.

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