LATEST NEWS
August 17, 2018

With massive rains continuing to bombard Kerala, Amma has announced that Embracing the World will donate $1,400,000 USD to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. Meanwhile, AYUDH Amritapuri has opened a 24-hour call help centre to connect stranded people with government rescue teams.

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August 16, 2018

Remote medical teams from Amrita Hospital are at work to provide treatment in remote areas affected by Kerala’s floods. These places have limited access to medical care facilities and in some, the teams have had to deliver service by boat due to deep flooding. So far, 67 people have died as a result of the floods and about 150,000 are displaced from their homes.

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August 13, 2018

AYUDH Amritapuri is calling for aid for people in Kerala who have been hit by flooding from torrential rains. So far, 39 people have died as a result of the storms and more than 60,000 are homeless. The AYUDH group is collecting donations of essential supplies for relief camps and will begin clean-up drives in the affected areas on Wednesday, August 15th.

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August 8, 2018

The Sikkim-Darjeeling belt in the Himalayas is at the highest risk of landslides in India and is one of the highest locations globally. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in partnership with the Indian Government is installing a real-time landslide detection system in the North Eastern area. The wireless sensor-based system is considered more accurate than the rainfall threshold model used worldwide.

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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
75 MILLION DOLLARS
in disaster relief since 2004
51,000 SCHOLARSHIPS
for children in poverty worldwide
100,000 WOMEN
helped to start their own businesses
47,000 HOUSES
in 75 locations throughout India
4.3 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