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

September 19, 2015

Following more than a week of rains in early September, Tropical Storm Etau hit Japan causing levees to fail and rivers to overflow their banks, leading to massive flooding and hundreds of landslides. Our volunteers collaborated with IVUSA students and helped clear homes and provide hot food for the flood survivors.

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September 11, 2015

Through Embracing the World, Amma donated US$15 million for the construction of toilets in the poorest villages surrounding the Ganges River, as part of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat (Clean India) and Namami Gange (Clean Ganges) projects – efforts to end the life-threatening diseases affecting millions of Indian citizens stemming from contaminated water sources, caused by widespread open defecation.

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September 7, 2015

Through the Solidarity Project of ETW France, our center in Pontgouin opened its doors to 19 homeless families. The aim of this 5-day live-in event was to give the participants a sense of peace, social connectedness, and respite from their extremely difficult living conditions.

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September 7, 2015

In order to overcome historic caste-based exclusion and poverty, the Mushar tribal colony in Bihar has recently been working with Amrita University’s AMMACHI Labs to improve regional sanitation. Through bathing lessons, new supplies, and community support, local participation has increased and plans for developing permanent sanitation infrastructure are underway.

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August 30, 2015

In the beautiful, peaceful hills of our U.S. headquarters, M.A. Center San Ramon located in California, hundreds of trees are already thriving under the impressive care of the residents. In March, 2015, our volunteers organized an event to plant even more new trees.

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August 30, 2015

Our own Amrita Hospital has unveiled its Centre of Excellence in Fetal Care (CEFC), which will use open fetal surgery to treat complex and rare fetal conditions. CEFC is the first of its kind in Asia, and makes India only the fourth country in the world to offer open surgery on fetuses.

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