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October 13, 2009

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October 13, 2009

India is a country of billions. I grew up in India in a beautiful state called Kerala. I lived there until the 1980 when I got married and emigrated to the USA. Living in India, I have always wondered about the vast divide between people in the same country, same city and even the same town. Although Gandhi tried his best to bring all castes together, Indians, esp the high caste Indians, refused to assimilate. They always saw themselves as God's children while the rest of us were "ignored by God". The conditions in which women lived were even more disastrous. The lower caste women were the "lowest of the untouchables". No one helped them and they were abused by the Brahmins as well as the rest of the castes. In 2004 I heard about the work of MAM and was inspired enough to make a visit there. I was thrilled to see people working in her organization regardless of nationality, caste or religion! I soon learned that she had started schools for poor children (regardsless of caste, which is something new to India), even girls were given attention (WOW) and in addition to that, she used all the collections to create good hospitals for the poor. In India, men have all the power and women have nothing. So when men become alcoholics or men die, the women usually have to beg for food. Amma also found ways to help the women learn to sustain themselves! She gifted them brand new sewing machines and also taught them to sew! Now many of them have their own businesses! wow! During the Tsunami, Amma showed her benevolence by providing houses for people! She cajoled, begged and borrowed to make simple but sufficient houses for those who were living in huts! In a way, the people were better off after the Tsunami!! She is really an AMMA (Mother) to everyone regardless of caste or religion! WOW. I am sure she has changed the negative attitude of a lot of people in India into a positive one and also shown others by example what "looking out for each other" means. It has certainly changed my perspective on giving. When Hurricane Katrina came lashing through three states in the US, Amma gave a donation to President Clinton who was in charge of the organization which was collecting the donations. I have NEVER heard of any Indian organization giving to the USA or any other country in need! That was an eye-opener for me as well as for all of India, I am sure :) India has a lot of rich people, but they are more interested in giving lavish weddings to their daughters and spending millions to impress others. I am not kidding! It is refreshing and totally inspiring that a person who lived about 50 miles from my home in Kerala has made a mark (like Gandhi did) not only in her own home, but outside the country too! I wish there were many more Ammas like her in every country! Thanks for listening! Maya Nair Alpharetta, GA.

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

helping the impoverished, widowed, divorced, old, sick women and children at the MAM center in Kollam, India.

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

Make is so that Amma doesn't have to travel so much to get people to donate. She is getting on in years and looks tired sometimes.

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

The warmth we feel as people from all countries. I have never seen any other association that is so open to everyone around the world!!! Really.

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

AMAZING! Amma inspires everyone to do more than their best! Many people work for days with little sleep to work in the programs which draw thousands of people.

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

Enable every woman in India to stand on their own! Help every girl child to get educated and thus decrease the amount of spousal abuse and child abuse.

Ways to make it better...

I could join the AMMA's Atlanta kitchen group every sunday!

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

Amma never asks anyone for any money. Lots of people come to the meetings/programs and leave without giving anything.. wish we could at least have an entry fee?

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

Amma still lives as she did when she started this organization. She sleeps on mats, eats very little and sits for hours without moving. It is taking a toll on her!

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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Amma's program, Embracing the World feeds more than 2 million people in India annually. I have not been to India but I have helped feed the homeless in California following Amma's example.

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

Feed more homeless and support Amma in a hundred other projects.

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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Amma changed my life and my business. Her counsel, leadership and insight has led us to greater prosperity, centeredness and filial strength... allowing us to be of greater service to our community. In one case, she advised us on how to complete a specific project for our company with which we were experiencing difficulties due to not knowing how to manage the people involved. Her insights she offered allowed us to facilitate solidarity with the project team and allowed us to surpass our intended goals!

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

my business. My company has gained social traction as a result of aligning our corporate vision on service rather than commerce.

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

Continue to provide its outreach offering free medical health care, free housing for homeless, free meals to starving children and free education for the children. They've done so much already worldwide.

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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In the twenty years that have passed since first visiting Mata Amritanandamayi Math i have been astounded, moved and inspired to participate in the tremendous amount of work initiated by Amma. Not only have i witnessed Amma personally console millions of people and express an interest in the lives of countless individuals, but i have also seen hospitals, orphanages, houses, clinics, tsunami relief and more blossom as a result of Her vision. It is without doubt that Amma's work should be recognized and given the highest of accolades, even though Amma Herself has no desire for awards or recognition.

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

the eyes of orphans who have been given a new life, in the songs of love that have been composed in gratitude of Amma's work, and in the joy of being able to do selfless service and know that every penny raised will serve the poor, not pay a salary

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

the enormous number of people who have been inspired to help and given hope that there is unfailing good in the world

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

every kind of person you can imagine - men, women, children, the elderly, people of different religious backgrounds and different ethnicities

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

improve the lives of innumerable individuals, families and communities, generate goodwill beyond imagining and truly help to strengthen the reality that we are all one on this planet.

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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October 12, 2009

Through Amma's Love and guidance since 2006, I have been able to work with returning military all over the world.

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

the diversity and scope in the possibilities. There are people working in agriculture, feeding daily meals to people in need all over the world. My experience with them made me come home and start a soup kitchen...another of Amma's humanitarian services.

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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October 11, 2009

I have been completely overwhelmed and inspired by the amount of good work that this organization does - from the villages and homes that were rebuilt after the Tsunami, to the thousands of scholarships for school children in India, to the self-empowerment programs for village women, to programs to prevent coastal erosion. Significant economic development work is being done on so many different levels simultaneously, by volunteers from every walk of life!

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

help fund thousands of self-sustaining development projects

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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