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October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

I have participated in many projects for the MA Math humanitarian charities, from regularly cooking for and feeding the homeless, to holding art auctions to raise money for the devastation of the 2004 tsunami and even Katrina. I just returned from two months at MA Math, where I wrote and directed some educational videos that will be incorporated into a cutting edge software that uses haptics to teach young Malayalam men and women trade skills so they can apprentice with a professional and get a job. The software is aimed at educating students in fields where the equipment is expensive or hard to come by; the pilot program is vocational plumbing. Touch-screen training stations are planned for throughout India. Students watch an instructional video, then learn to operate the tools in virtual space on a computer. Bench vices, pipe vices, die and die stock, drilling machines, etc. are quite expensive and rare for rural Indians. The haptics equipment connected to the computer allows the students to manipulate a CGI version of the tools in a manner as close to reality as possible. So these students then have basic skills they can take to apprentice with a professional and then find a job. Plumbing is the pilot program, but the applications are endless, and useful wherever the necessary equipment is out of reach of the ordinary rural Indian - aircraft maintenance, for instance, is the next planned vocational module. Though I only spent two months on this particular project, many more will be necessary to complete the entire program; my part is a tiny part in the whole of a group of dedicated visionaries and programmers and professionals, all of whom lend their skills voluntarily to create a series of educational stations that will help educate rural India and give its people the means to make a living in the global economy.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The feeling of real joy in being able to serve others. There is nothing like it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Exceptional, dedicated, and working selflessly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue to change the world for the better, through programs such as the one previously mentioned.

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I had more time to dedicate to the vocational training program. I'm looking forward to writing more from Los Angeles, but anticipating my next trip to MA Math.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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As someone who has been involved with the above organisation for fifteen years, I never cease to be amazed at the incredible array of charitable activities that Amma oversees through her organisation. The list is amazingly long, and grows dramatically every year. The other amazing thing is that there is never an active request for money. All of the activities are possible because countless thousands are moved to help others in need as a result of Amma's personal example. Some examples are: 100,000 homes build in India and given away free of charge to the most needy. 50,000 pensions given to widows, single parents and those in greatest need Around $60 million dollars in aid was provided when the tsunami struck some years ago $1 million was proved for victimes of Hurricane Katrina Dozens of schools, tertiary institutions, hospitals, hospices, orphanages, etc. A senior official from the United Nations commented on how incredibly effective every dollar of contribution to Amma's charitable activities is, compared with virtually all other non-profit organisations. For all those wanted to help, rest assured that any support you give will be very gratefully received and very effectively used!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways. I have personally experienced Amma's blessings and support for the last 15 years, and have enjoyed working with likeminded souls who want to help others souls in need. I know I have grown a great deal because of my involvement with Amma.

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Don't know! I think what Amma and others do is incredible!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Amma's amazing example of selflessness and compassion for those in need, and the bonding with others who feel drawn to assist the deprived and needy.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Highly dedicated. The Swamis and others who work closely with Amma are wonderful examples of dedication, integrity and selflessness, just like Amma

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do even more than it does now. That amount of money would go an incredible distance with Amma's charitable activities.

Ways to make it better...

I'd had more time to be involved in its amazingly diverse array of charitable activities

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Most people caught up in their own little world (including me!) The multiplicity of other non-profit organisations also doing good work and needing money. The fact that the great majority of people involved are volunteers with very busy lives.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Amma deserves the Nobel Prize for Peace!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 21, 2009

Mata Amritanandamayi Math is the best non profit I have ever come across in one key way - the impact it has on the cause for every dollar donated. I have an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business where we studied the challenges and the overheads in managing non-profits. The key detail that fascinated me about this organization is that over 95% of the money donated actually goes to the cause with less than 5% overhead while other organizations working toward the same causes have 40-50% overhead! This remarkable achievement by this organization while maintaining the highest quality of execution in a sustainable manner for over a decade is worthy of recognition.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

every year they expand the scale and scope of the charitable activities.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely dedicated

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

use 99% of that directly for the cause.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I have seen in India the results of much of the Maths work. I have recorded on film and have been touched by the help given to the poorest of the poor receiving food, shelter, medicine, surgery as well as a spiritual uplifting.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

India and here in Seattle. I have been given the opportunity to share and grow in serving others.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people I have met. People on both sides of the giving and receiving.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

truly genuine, sincere,and hardworking.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help relieve much more suffering.

Ways to make it better...

I had more funding to support the programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I have a lot of respect for M.A. Math’s humanitarian work. They have a huge variety of projects, and the fact that most of the work is done by volunteers means our donations can make more of a difference for those who most need help. I also appreciate the Math’s range of focus from helping to meet basic food, health and shelter needs, to the importance of education, which empowers people to end the cycle of poverty, and even planting trees for the long-term benefit of the country and the planet. I like the fact that I can donate money to a specific campaign, like helping to prevent farmer suicides.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Knowing that the money is so well-used. They don't spend a lot on sending 'begging letters' to solicit more money from donors, and most of the workers are volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very enthusiastic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a huge impact, and it could be trusted to use all the money for the benefit of the needy, rather than to pay fat salaries to bureaucrats.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I received mental peace and strength in handling difficult situations in personal life such as during sickness and 4 miscarriages. Also, I got to know the uniquely practical approach to societal problems such as poverty, homelessness, and sickness with love as the basis. Mata Amritanandamayi Math is the best non-profit organization that I've ever been associated with in my lifetime.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

doing a lot of humanitarian work.

Ways to make it better...

more people joined this organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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AMMA AMMA's compassion and Divine Love emanates from her being, as if she is transparent and one can see clearly her beautiful heart. She is omni present and she is real, a wonderful combination. Not only of my own direct experience, but that which I am privileged to witness, the affect of AMMA in people's lives is amazing - she is the embodiment of a being's personal love transposing in concentrated Universal Love. From there one can actually trace her rivers of love - to her unlimited and perhaps unparallel humanitarism; from the state of the art Hospitals that give free treatment to those that would otherwise be denied, to schools, universities and beyond - AMMA has become something more than a mere being - she has become a vehicle to so many, transporting them from destitute to providing relief when needed. For instance, when the Tsunami hit, where was AMMA? She responds quickly and effectively, supporting emergency crews to go out immediately, without delay, and at the same time has the ability for long-term benefits to the people. Houses were built and donated to those that lost their homes; widows who survived the sad state of suicide when their farming husbands could not provide - AMMA responded with given widows a means in which to take care of themselves and their families, she provided pensions; children that were orphaned from this tragedy were adopted by AMMA and housed in her loving orphanage(s) are taken care of - sent to school to learn not only their own cultural history and customs, but also provides them with a wide scope of learning opportunities - the children are given the experience of education, to learn, thrive and grow from a point where otherwise they might all contract and give up or become impoverished and embittered, instead AMMA and her organizations create 'space' for all to see and be part of the light, to be a contributing faction of their communities and thus when one benefits, we all benefit. AMMA, in my opinion, but not limited to just to myself - IS an INSPIRATION to the rest of the world, she is a global light that illuminates and activates humanity's compassion worldwide. Simply put, AMMA is one of the best embodiments of compassion, with intelligence and ability ever, and the fact that she is living in our time can count our selves blest. AMMA engenders such trust that people are confident to send donations from all over the world - this is something to be remarked upon. AMMA is a sat guru, a present day living saint without boarders. One of many examples or exemplification of AMMA’s far reaching charitable actions would be when the tragedy of Katrina hit the US shores - AMMA sent, I believe, a million dollars to the American government to help its own people, as the aid and response in this situation seemed to be slow coming from their own government. AMMA did this out of her desire to help and originates from her true pure heart. Not saying that AMMA is perfect, yet she is certainly something that is to aspire towards. She is in all ways an effective iconic figure that moves beyond words, her actions speak for themselves. She does not ask anyone to change their ways, their religion or anything, she is just present and there for any and all that reach out for her. AMMA is one of my eternal role model, one of my of my favourite force of love, an immeasurable fabric of true compassion - her love is the essence, a golden thread that weaves together and strengthens the goodwill in the fabric of humanity that already exists. AMMA may not be doing anything new, but she doing it well, doing it lovingly and doing it for no merit - she and her organizations and all the people in it are doing all that they do, with consciousness and deliberate acts of loving-kindness. AMMA is not just one person, her whole being has long ago merged with all sentient beings, and you can see this in all of her interactions, even with animals and especially with children, but with all of us. AMMA has allowed all of us to become part of her, connected with her and you can feel that she acknowledges every person for doing their part - it is not a one being show. We all have a unique and special relationship with her - even before my first hug, I knew she was real, in the spiritual sense, that she is of service to one and all and is a direct link to that of all that is right and good in this world. Of course once AMMA hugged me - a deeper, more sacred connection has been forged between us, without ownership of anything, just pure Divine Nectar (AMRIT) of Love that holds and melds all of us together. It is so easy for me to embrace such a being that actually actively embraces all of us, all of the world. Heart felt, in Divine Respect and Friendship, Lulu & Paisley

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daily life, our daily actions, in that of my own actions. I have seen her in Seattle and in Pulluyup WASHINGTON

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not sure, it is pretty wonderful, though I am a vegan, so I would like to see more vegan food options - so much can be done with things that do not involve dairy.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It is real, they are doing things to help others. This AMMA organization is in postive, loving kindness expressed in its ever action.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

For the most part, amazing individuals that you find yourself instantly and permanately bonding with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy me lunch? Just kidding. This organization has already a proven track record of its ability to manage its funds and to direct them in the best possible manner. It could do so much more good, as it does now, only more, and better and further.

Ways to make it better...

There were more raw, organic food choices at the retreat, not to take away from all the hard and heart efforts being made.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The fear that moves to disrupt and destroy organizations. When we personally feed the love aspect of our being, then we feed the light. Keep focused on the light may find itself challenging at times, but stay the course, believe in your mission. They do.

One thing I'd also say is that...

That my heart is eternally grateful for all that it does, for it feeds my soul and liberates and feeds my spirit as well, thank you, I am so filled with loving gratitude for your presence.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Mata Amritanandamayi Math led by " Ammachi "is an organization where you can feel true 'Unity in Diversity'. This organization emphasizes on 'Compassion and Love' and anyone who visit the organization cannot miss the peace of mind they get here. I personally experience a positive transformation in me from ignorance to knowledge in a slow and steady manner.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal life - transformation of me from self-centered towards GOD

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Universal brotherhood

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Sweet, Dedicated, Simple, Hardworking, Happy

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Increase the volume of their humanitarian efforts

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I have been associated with the organization for almost 15 years. During these 15 years, I have seen the number of humanitarian activities increase by leaps and bounds. The number of activities are too many to list here. To name a few, the organization is one of the first to respond when there is a natural calamity. The organization provides food, clothing, shelter, medical consultation, medicines, etc. Moreover all of the services are provided by volunteers who genuinely love doing the service. Many of them work long hours and do it with joy. I haven't seen any other organization provide this level of service and be so committed to the cause. During other times, the organization is involved in providing food, free housing, medical and eye clinics, etc. The organization is also involved with increasing awareness of the environment by planting trees and motivating others to do so. Other activities include training youth to devote a small part of their time towards social service. I have been involved in many of these activities and have been closely associated with many others who are closely involved with these activities as well.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

projects providing food to the poor, planting trees and raising awareness of the environment, providing relief during floods and other natural calamities.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the openness and the willingness to accept everyone. People's lives have changed dramatically. Children whose parents have been separated have found the motivation to do well and serve the poor. This is one of the many transformations, I have witnessed.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very humble, hardworking, motivated. Above all, they love to do the work they are involved in and they do it day after day, week after week with a smile on their face.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Serve many more needy people. This in turn enables them to become positive in their own lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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MA Math is an organization that welcomes one and all with open arms. It's one and only aim is to help others. People from all walks of life, several countries and different ages come together and work as one under the guidance of AMMA to uplift humanity, protect mother earth and for their own personal spiritual growth.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing for the needy and getting supplies ready, reaching out to disaster stricken areas.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

no matter what you do, you have a general sense of happiness and want to do more.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

from different fields and worked together as one.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the reach.

Ways to make it better...

I could quit my job and work entirely for MA Math.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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