1. Sanskrit word for peace
2. Embracing the World’s international youth movement, dedicated to empowering youth to become compassionate leaders in building a peaceful and more sustainable world.
AYUDH, our youth wing, empowers young people to integrate universal values into their daily lives. Starting with themselves, the goal is to establish a future of hope, peace and social engagement. Founded in 1985, AYUDH is now active around the world in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Australia and Africa. Our main chapters are AYUDH India, AYUDH Europe and AYUDH Americas.
"Young people need to understand the purpose of life. They need courage and wisdom to face the challenges of life," says Amma. "With that understanding, they become the light of the world. If we care for them responsibly, moulding their whole character with love, then the future of the world will be safe."
AYUDH is based on Amma’s teaching that we are not isolated islands, but are linked to each other like the rings of a chain; that our lives are not meant to be lived only for ourselves. Amma says that instead, we need to set aside some time to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
AYUDH projects help young people to express creative potential, gain self-confidence, and implement ideas for how to make the world a better place. Ultimately, the goal is to reach a more sustainable and equitable society that will bring a future of peace and unity for our fragile planet.
Every year, AYUDH youth organizers select a theme to shape their efforts worldwide. Based on the chosen idea, AYUDH groups develop volunteer initiatives, sponsor talks, and organize awareness programs worldwide. Themes from recent years have included Now is the Future (India), Celebrating Diversity (Europe) and World Peace through Inner Peace (Americas).
The highlight of the annual themes are international youth summits in each region, which draw more than a thousand young people to Amritapuri in India and hundreds to our centers in Europe and the Americas.
Political leaders, acclaimed artists, and influential leaders of the environmental movement inspire the participants through talks and debates. A broad variety of workshops provide a unique opportunity for intercultural exchange, creative expression and personal development.
Thirty youth activists from six different countries decided to become changemakers for our planet’s future. They completed AYUDH Europe’s first year-long training course on Social Impact Leadership. The participants were from the ages of 18 to 30 and came from Denmark, Greece, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany.
The challenges in today’s world are many - ranging from climate change and gender discrimination to lack in quality education and cultural stigmatization. Many young people are concerned by these developments and wish to take concrete action by leading projects that affect real change on the ground.
AYUDH Europe designed this program for such young people so they can foster their leadership and project management skills, deepen their understanding of social issues, and develop a mindfulness practice that supports them in their personal growth as compassionate leaders.
As part of launching an AYUDH branch in her hometown of Nairobi, Sheena introduced permaculture practices to our Children’s Home there, transforming it into a model of sustainability. The cleanup drives she started in Nairobi sparked a wave of similar initiatives by our volunteers all over the world.
Dorian attended his first AYUDH Youth Summit in Germany in 2006. This experience inspired him to become one of AYUDH’s youth leaders in France, managing and implementing projects with youth volunteers across the country.
Getting involved in AYUDH helped Matthias overcome the trauma of losing his vision after a serious car accident. By connecting with Amma and other young people inspired by her example, Matthias rediscovered the self-confidence he needed to become a positive role model and find ways to give back to those in need.