Six years ago, I didn't know much about Amma or the M.A. Math. After my wife met Amma in 2003 I used to accompany her as it was a long drive from our house. Slowly I started to see Amma's service attitude, her compassion for all human beings, her perseverance and her relentless pursuit of providing comfort for the needy. She never gets tired of serving the needy, and has instilled the same spirit in a number of her followers. Her organization was one of the first one to pledge support for the Tsunami victims in India. The organization also gave a large sum of money to the victims of Katrina in Louisiana, USA.
MA Math has been a great instrument of transformation and awakening to me. Amma's first Darshan and unconditional love kindled the first spark of love and service in me. The dramatic transformation and healing She brings about in all the people around her and away from her is remarkable and inspiring. The love and spirit of service she kindles in each individual spreads like fire across her organization. A good example is the MA math support for the Tsunami victims and the Suicide farmers in India. Inspired by Amma, thousands of people across the world reached out to contribute thier share, some left their jobs to be physically there to help, while others sent in their contributions in cash or kind. The organization is a role model in commitment to humanitarian activities, while Amma is the inspiration behind it, spreading the message of Love, Compassion, and Self-less service.
It is great to serve the poor and work for the humanity. Amma's organization are always leaning towards the weaker section of the society and put all effort to uplift them in all ways they can.
I have enjoyed volunteering with the MA math over the last five + years. Amma is a great inspiration to all the activities and Her tireless efforts sets the bar very high for all of us volunteers and staff. The Math is very focused on providing support to the needy and the selection of projects (like Tsunami Relief, etc.) are a reflection of this focus.
Here in the USA I have helped with many of the Math's activities like planting fruit trees, visiting the sick and elderly, "Katrina relief" both money as well as clothing and food.
Ammaji has brought immeasurable love and compassion into our lives. The charitable work she does for suffering communities in India and the world has had a tremendous impact on assuaging the suffering of the poor and those who have been victims of calamities.
Being with Amma is a blessing in itself. And to get a chance to serve Her is the biggest blessing. Amma always stresses on how nature is not taken care of and insists on doing good to the nature and not harming it. With Ammas go green projects not only did I the chance to become close to nature but also an opportunity to do something for the society!
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.
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!
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.