LATEST NEWS
October 12, 2020

Volunteers with Amma Mexico in Cancun were accustomed to holding regular soup kitchens to help people living in poverty in their area. However with social distancing as the main concern, the coronavirus pandemic has put that action on hold. To bridge the gap, the volunteers are preparing boxes of groceries and basic necessities to drop off at people’s homes.

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September 28, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 67th birthday of Amma was celebrated on September 27th exclusively as a day of global prayers for world peace. Ashram residents and devotees around the world dedicated the day to meditation, chanting of prayers and worship. During a webcast, Amma said there is no need for guilt or fault-finding for the current state of the world. Instead, humanity should engage in noble action with intense alertness and courage.

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September 9, 2020

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has been awarded a UNESCO Chair for Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation & Development. The Chair supports the university’s mandate to strengthen sustainable development in villages across India. The curriculum is based upon the concept that students spend time with villagers to witness the problems they face. Together, the students and local people seek solutions that will best suit the villagers’ needs.

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August 27, 2020

AYUDH Kenya has partnered with Safaricom to distribute white canes to 20,000 blind and visually impaired people in Kenya. The project is worth more than $250,000. Safaricom is a leading communications company in Africa that works in partnership with communities to positively transform people’s lives. The endeavor is a milestone for the White C(r)ane Project, which AYUDH started in Kenya in 2014.

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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
75 MILLION DOLLARS
in disaster relief since 2004
51,000 SCHOLARSHIPS
for children in poverty worldwide
200,000 WOMEN
helped to start their own businesses
47,000 HOUSES
in 75 locations throughout India
4.7 MILLION PATIENTS
treated free of charge since 1998
10 MILLION MEALS
every year for the homeless and hungry throughout India
MORE THAN ONE MILLION TREES
planted worldwide since 2001
ONE IN THREE
children from our orphanage in India earn a college degree
LIFETIME FINANCIAL AID FOR 100,000
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
Volunteer-run

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.

DOING MORE WITH LESS

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.

"MY CHILDREN ARE MY STRENGTH"

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