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Review for Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Kerala, , India

Rating: 5 stars  

I first met Amma in 1995 and am continually moved by Amma's extraordinarily far reaching huge heart and charitable impact. She encourages all of us to do volunteer work, stressing that to help others is the best we can do with our lives.
To watch Amma give comfort to thousands at each of her 'programs' in the US, Canada, Europe and throughout the world is very inspiring. She is a well, overflowing with love and compassion.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I cannot think of anything that needs improvement!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have met wonderful people. Also, it is always heart-warming to contribute to someone elses well-being.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer & I write letters weekly for Circle of Love, do my best to convey her message of love and compassion in my daily life, and I do volunteer work each year at the program when Amma visits.

Review for Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Kerala, , India

Rating: 5 stars  

Amma is a most extraordinary example of Compassion and Love in action. The impact of Amma’s good work, is on a nearly unimaginable scale. Her many humanitarian projects [including a hospital that provides state of the art free medical care, pensions for widows, construction of homes for widows and disaster victims, aid to farmers, construction of schools and making teachers available to children who would not otherwise receive education, aid to victims of natural disasters (from floods, to the tsunami, to hurricane Katrina)... ] are on a level that I have not before encountered in my nearly 60 years of life. Amma has an enormous capacity to be both visionary and practical in the work she initiates. She does not simply promote the giving of 'charity'. She creates programs that empower large groups of individuals, such as: providing sewing machines to women so that they can productive and self-supporting; offering technical training to young people so that they will be employable; giving swim lessons to children traumatized by the losses they sustained due to the tsunami. Finally, because Amma has inspired so many by her own loving example, great numbers of people volunteer to carry out the projects, thereby allowing a dollar to go a very long way.

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

the ways in which many people are inspired to do good works because of Amma's example, and direction.

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

committed to doing compassionate and productive volunteer work.

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

expand and fund the enormously diverse humanitarian projects that are already underway within its umbrella.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & helping to carry out local programs during Amma's yearly visits to Toronto and Michigan; orienting newcomers to Amma's programs.