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Mission: The M.A. Math was founded by the renowned humanitarian leader, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma). The M.A. Math exists to help alleviate the burden of the world’s poor through meeting each of their five basic needs: food, shelter, education, healthcare and livelihood. We believe that having these needs met is the fundamental right of any human being, and that it is the responsibility of each of us to strive hard to ensure that one day, every human being can live in dignity, safety, security and peace. We also believe that everyone - rich or poor - has the power to make a difference in the life of another, and that no selfless gesture is insignificant. Rather, it is the selfless actions we perform for one another that hold the keys to true peace - peace in the individual, peace in the community, and peace among diverse cultures, nations and faiths.

Geographic areas served: India

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570 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

"Amma", "The Hugging Saint" "Mata Amritanandamayi Devi" "Mother" ... whatever your name for Her, She is a force to be respected, revered, and followed. Her humanitarian work is breathtaking as it is. From building homes to tsunami victims, erecting orphanages in Kenya and Haiti, providing jobs for women in India who have lost everything - reaching out to the destitute Indian farming families, offering swimming lessons to children who survived the Asian tsunami but had developed an arresting fear of water -- the lengths to which this woman will go to help humankind is staggering.
And then, on top of all of that, She takes that moment - that precious, personal moment - with anyone, absolutely anyone, who will come to Her, and gives them a loving embrace. She is constantly giving Her Darshan, or "Blessing" to the hundreds of thousands that flock to Her. And to those who cannot come to Her ashram in India, she goes to them, traveling around the world 8 or 9 months out of the year. Going to Africa, France, Germany, England and other EU countries, Japan, all over India, and the USA and Canada. Her programs last 3 to 5 days in any given city, and the primary time is devoted to Her Darshan.
She will sit in the same seat for hours and hours, never once getting up, never once complaining, never once leaving for Her own comfort. On a typical Devi Bhava evening She will sit for over 12 hours giving Darshan, and she has been known to sit for even longer than that. She has embraced over 26 MILLION people in Her lifetime.
In Los Angeles, by Her instruction, we hold weekly feedings for the homeless and once a month hold a larger event at the Women's Center in downtown LA. We pursue environmental efforts and hold classes on how to grow your own food, use sustainable energy and products, and maintain a conscious way of life for the environment and the world around you. We hold weekly Satsangs where we are able to share in community, music and devotion to God. Everything that Amma does and instructs others to do is based in the purest intention of: LOVE.

I give thanks daily for the opportunity to be a part of this organization.

Aum Amma.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that this organization does is staggering and inspiring. I first grew aware of Mata Amritanandamayi Math when attending a local tour of Mata Amritanandamayi Ma herself; I was there only for her blessing but while waiting for it I noticed all the many booths in the hall dedicated to humanitarian efforts around the world. There were local food drives and weekly soup drives at homeless shelters all around Los Angeles. There were sock drives to donate socks to needy children in India. There were innumerable outreach programs to help the impoverished people in India receive schooling, housing, continued education into universities, etc. The list continued. In addition there was a table dedicated to environmental awareness and recycled objects overflowed the booth; wallets, shoulder bags, even sandals, made from woven plastic bags! Right next to that booth stood a table with plants and environmentally friendly soaps, pens, pencils, paper, laundry detergent. All these tables and more surrounded me. And I thought, "Amma takes every one of these efforts all around the world. She raises people's awareness in hundreds of cities, each city drawing in anywhere from 4,000-7,000 people per tour...she is slowly reaching the whole world with her messages of human, environmental, and emotional awareness! Now THIS is someone special." I believe that the Mata Amritanandamayi Math is one of the single most inspiring and influential non-profits in the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thru EMBRACING THE WORLD IN COSTA RICA,LA LUZ DE AMMA HAS BEEN FEEDING THE POOR ON THE STREETS OF SAN JOSE ONCE A MONTH FOR OVER TWO YEARS.AMMA'S VOLUNTEERS AND COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL HAVE COME TOGETHER AND COOKED AND SERVED 200 BOWLS OF SOUP AND BREAD AND SOMETIMES SWEETIES,EACH MONTH.THE GROUP IS FUN AND THE TEENAGERS ARE SO HELPFUL.ALL OF US ARE LEARNING TO OPEN OUR HEARTS AND SERVE THE LESS FORTUNAATE. CHECK WWW.AMMACOSTARICA.BLOGSPOT IF YOU WANT TO HAVE FUN AND HELP

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Reminiscent of Mother Teresa, Mata Amritanandamayi's divine message of love and compassion has been spread to nearly 35 million people across the globe for which she has been affectionately dubbed by the press as "the hugging saint." Her organization has already built more than 35,000 houses for the homeless in India (100,000 more are scheduled in coming years), provided health care and pensions for thousands of indigent, elderly, and terminally ill persons, and created educational facilities for youths, among other humanitarian services. She has touched my heart deeply with her love and care. I now feel life is much more about giving than receiving.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After years working with social movements in Latin America and teaching in the slums of Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo, I was amazed to discover Mata Amritanandamayi's work in India. Combining thorough organization, joy, spirit, creativity, women's rights, deep pedagogical insight, profound ecological awareness and people's empowerment techniques, her work has had a powerful impact on me. I have learned and wish to share her humanitarian ideals of creating schools, crafting innovative higher learning experiences and development opportunities for youth such as ingeneering and novel ways of cultivating and building ecological housing. An inspiration. I have witnessed everyone involved working hard, rapid efficient organization skills, total reduction of waste and funds go directly to the projects. A lot of work and love that we can all learn and benefit from.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Amma since 1990. Over the years of being able to be in her presence I have witnessed first hand how compassionate, loving and wise she is. She stresses SEVA (selfless service) and is usually the first one to be on the ground either mixing cement, cleaning rice, bringing wood,taking care of the ashram anmals, any number of tasks that the ashram is involved with as an example of seva for us all. Out of compassion for the poor, widowed women,the sick and children with any number of difficulties, she has taken over orphanages, built hospitals and many many homes for widows and recently the tsunami survivors. One of her early projects was taking over a sorely neglected orphange. She Provided them with proper beds, meals and clothing and daily lessons. I visited this orphanage when I was in India in the 90's. The children were so vibrant, healthy and active. They sang for us when we visited. I was touched at how happy they seemed. Recently she has begun another one in Africa. Her charitable activies beyond the ones I mentioned are so numerous I can't begin to list them all. She is a light to the world and an example to us all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's a wonderful organization.I was touched by the humanitarian work the organization does around the globe.I love the compassion and love that is shown towards the old and poor.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's a wonderful group of loving people who get together once a week to serve. I always have a great time feeding hungry people!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Helping to organize the now continued yearly cookie donation to Meals on Wheels for Christmas and Valentine's Day was heart warming. Some of the recipients received as their only Christmas gift, our individually packaged cookies with its own decoration.The recipients kept the unique, hand written note which was included on their package,often reading it over and over during the holidays, and we learned, for years to come. Amma devotees would bake, bring the cookies to the Amma Center in Montreal, and with all sorts of decorations, hot glue which would sometimes burn us, and pens, decorate the little boxes or bags to be delivered the next day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Its hard to put into words or even express verbaly how Amma has impacted my life, butI will try. She has given me a sence of calmness and at the same time given me the ispiration to help others in need. I am now doing events to help raise funds for those in need, I'm also looking into other projects that would help incorperate the women amma has taught to sew more work this comes frow beging around amma

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Mata Amritanandamayi at a small convention center in Chicago IL program on July 3, 1995. I came as a skeptical observer and to placate some friends who had talked about this 'Ammachi' lady for years. I stood away from the crowd and tried to be as unbiased a witness to her darsan or hug as possible. Quite frankly I couldn't imagine why these people were waiting in line for so many hours to see her. Quite frankly, I hate crowds and to make matters worse,the air conditioning wasn't working. As I watched her, I was amazed that she could greet each person with the same warmth and energy as she'd done to the last person she'd embraced. Hours passed and she hadn't taken a break or a drink - I had needed hourly breaks because of the terrible heat- and I wondered how this was humanly possible. Needless to say, I was awed and deeply touched by the self sacrifice I saw that unforgetable evening. It was life changing on so many levels, but specifically her example had me question what I had been doing in my own life for others. At the very least, I began to see Amma as an amazing role model for how we should be to other people: attentive to others, embracing their differences without judgement and with a loving and accepting heart. Amma inspired me to open up to things I'd always wanted to do, but been afraid of. Since meeting her I've been inspired to volunteer at hospice, to work with severely disabled children and brain-injured groups, all while finishing my R.N. degree. I can only thank dear Amma for the inspiration and encouragement to make the leap of faith from a self-centered to an other-centered life. I had the opportunity to travel to Amma's ashram in 2003, and see her charitable activities and institutions for myself. AIMS Hospital in Cochin was amazing - our American health care experts would do well to study how Amma's organizations stretch resources to care for so many poor. Monthly, I saw the poor widows line up at the ashram to get their pension checks. In a country that has no social welfare network, Amma has taken on that role for countless poor families, especially women and children. I also witnessed Amma's announcement at that time that she would take on the educating of exploited women and girls forced into prostitution - quite a high risk enterprise. This was all pre-tsunami, an event that accelerated Amma's charitable resources beyond what we imagined was possible. With our local ACM group (Amma Center of Michigan), we joined forces with others worldwide who've been moved by Amma's example of selflessness, to raise money in whatever small way we could, to help with this and other disasters. Our family and friends find it an enjoyable Saturday activity to help cook lunch at a local homeless shelter as part of the Mother's Kitchen project. When I look back at almost 15 years since I've met Amma, I've had the privelege to meet and work with so many talented and devoted volunteers from all over the world, it truly amazes me. Amma encourages all of us to fearlessly do our part for each other and for our earth; to treat everything and everybody with respect and gratitude.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Amma is the most amazing person in this Universe. She does SOOO much for everyone from hugging millions to building towns for earthquake victims to starting huge hospitals and schools. She's a mother to millions and is so compassionate and loving. YAY MATA AMRITANANDAMAYI!!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being around Amma and the volunteers who work tirelessly to alleviate suffering wherever possible is one of the most heartening experiences of a lifetime. She and her volunteers are profoundly rare humanitarians. Suffice it to say that if a greater percentage of the world's population emulated this example, then the world would be a far improved place. The commitment to social service comes from a very deep and sacred place at the Math or at the MA Center in the U.S. One can know that any donation given to these charities will not be wasted on administrative expenses. Instead it will be used to buy indispensable materials such as cement, from which volunteers will build something like a house for the homeless, or a free medical clinic in some disaster zone. The list of charitable causes grows all the time. To volunteer personally promises to be a life transforming experience. A+++

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 4

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

Mata Amritanadamayi has done innumerable compassionate and charitable work for the poor and needy people. 1 Started AIMS HOSPITAL IN COCHIN Kerala INDIA. It is a800 bed hospital Has provided several free heart surgery and transplanting organs and several other medical tratments.Those were done completely free of charge for the poor and needy people. 2. Has started Hospice in MUMBAI INDIA. 3. Free clinics for the poor in Rurai Area. 4. Provided Food for hungary and home less people thro'Soup kitchen in various places in USA. 5.Has provided relief works for Tsunami affectedpeople and built 20,000 homes for the affected people. Has donated $1000,000 for Kathrina relief. IN Gugerath INDIA where earth Quake damaged area rebuilt several villages with schools, roads and medical clinics. 6.Has orphanages in rural areas providing free education ,food and clothining thus helping them to become challenging citizens of the country. 7.Pension for widow's and disabled people. 8.Farmer's relief in Gugerath,etc

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The MA Math is an amazing organization with a membership that spans scores of countries around the world. 100s or 1000s of volunteers from around the world take part in numerous humanitarian projects/activities that include free housing, free education, free medical/hospital facilities for poor/needy people affected by natural and various other calamities and other nature-friendly projects. People with all kinds of background, from all cultures work together, forgetting their differences and truly attracted ONLY by their love for mankind and nature.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Simple down to earth Organization for the people run by people under the great guidance of Shri Mata Amritananadamayi popularly known as " AMMA ". It reaches & Serves the needy irrespective of Nationality, Religion, Language, Culture & financial position.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mata Amritanandamayi, the founder and cornerstone for MA Math is truly a living saint. Her foundation is involved with every aspect of humanitarianism needed in India and the World today. She has founded hospitals, schools, orphanages, built homes for the homeless and feeds the hungry every day. She helps widows and other poor women to make a living for themselves and their children. She has also started a program to help the families of farmer-suicide and suicide prevention. They are involved in disaster relief of all kinds, most famously after the Tsunami in Southern India. It is impossible to do justice to this invaluable organization in this short story. I personally have given many hours of my time here the US to sorting donated medical supplies to ship to India for her hospitals and clinics and for disaster relief. Working with them is a wonderful feeling, full of love and devotion to helping our fellow 'man'. Mata Amritanandamyi herself is pure love and it pervades every aspect of the organization. Peace! Carl Bruce

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MA Math) is easily one of the most dedicated non-profit organizations that is bringing hope and change to the most unfortunate all over India. Their humanitarian efforts are extremely diverse - ranging from disaster relief, free medical treatment, schools in rural areas, orphanages, pension for widows, training for the handicapped and much much more. The MA Math has constructed more than 40,000 homes for the poor all over India. The most notable attribute of the MA Math is that it is run entirely by volunteers. Hence most of the 100 paise of every Rupee donated goes directly to the needy. This is in contrast to a number of other NGOs that have a high overhead. A key differentiating quality of the MA Math is that it has continued to support the communities affected by disasters (like the 2003 Tsunami in my home state of Kerala) long after other government and NGO organizations have stopped. Through education, vocational training, medical camps, reconstruction work, sponsored weddings, financial aid, the MA Math has help rebuid entire communities. The MA Math continues to be my favorite for any donations I make. I am assured that my donations will be put to the best possible use.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since me an my husband have become devotees of Amma,all the hurdles in our life big or small have been overcome without any troubles. We never went to Amma with any expectation but it seemed that Amma took care of all our needs without being asked. Seeing Amma's humanitarian activities and her dedication towards serving all human beings has motivated us also to engage in selfless service which gives us immense satisfaction and peace of mind.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Amma's Mother's Kitchen in collaboration with our church for over 7 years has been a life changing experience. The homeless are no longer invisible - we see ourselves reflected in them - and we can be change we want to occur in the world in the world one meal at a time. Amma's message is to serve each meal with love. We are a kitchen, we are a community of diverse faiths spanning the generations all called to answer the voice of hunger.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is amazing to offer selfless service under the auspices of Mata Amritanandamayi Math. While in India, I served by preparing vegetables for the western canteen which served people, free of charge, who were participating in MA Math activities. I also transcribe for publication from cassette tapes of satsangs by one of Amma's first and main swamis. I spent many hours in this service. The organization is efficient, comprehensive in their scope of services, carefully managed with direct oversight by Amma. There is a high level of accountability instilled in volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amma's organization Mata Amritanandamayi Math has been giving a helping hand to millions across the world. Amma's compassion has won many hearts, wiped the tears of many people who are suffering. Still i recollect the sounds of tragedy during Tsunami, the efficacy of M.A.Math was undoubtedly proved during that time. I realized the importance of time, hardwork and selflessness after i got more and more involved with the organization. This organization is a living example of the saying 'Hands that help are holier than lips that pray!' . The volunteers in this organization not only pray for the world peace but put them in action by selflessly serving others. I just feel, i am so blessed to be part of this organization and what more..my life is to serve amma and her charitable works.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amma's humanitarian efforts are so far flung I find it a challenge to do them all justice. Amma is my teacher. She has taught me about unconditional love and selfless service to others. Her disaster relief efforts have aided people in the United States (Katrina victims), as well as tsunami victims in India. Her undying support to starving farmers in India who feel that their only resort is suicide is inspirational in how she holds hope out for others who have given up. Her work with poverty stricken children all over the world moves me to tears. Her care homes for children, the orphanages, hospitals, homes and slum renovations truly show her commitment to making a better life for all beings. Her teachings are based in love and respect for all peoples which causes a huge ripple throughout the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amma is amazing! She encourages everyone of all ages and races to be involved in all kinds of service for the world, being an active role model for everyone through her tours and Embracing the World. She is the epitome of love and expresses it in everything she does. What more is there to say?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Mata Amritananda Math (M.A. Math) and it's founder, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (better known as Amma), in 1988. In the beginning my interest was more of a personal nature. Over the years, as I kept attending Amma's yearly U.S. programs I saw that here was a person who exemplified selflessness and service to others in a way I had never seen demonstrated before. Every year the charitable outreach programs have grown exponentially in a way that I can barely fathom. Amma's ability to reach and inspire thousands of people to imbibe the message of compassion and selfless service and put it into action is incredible and amazing. I have had the privilege to participate in volunteer projects of the M.A. Math, here, in the U.S., and abroad. This has provided many opportunities to witness and experience first hand the far reaching effects of the Math's mission and it's message to the world. One thing that deeply impresses me is that people from vastly differing backgrounds from around the world can come together so harmonisously and work toward a common goal for the welfare of others. One year I was able to go with the Math to Bhuj, India, where severe earthquakes had devasted entire villages. The Math adopted three of these villages and rebuilt them entirely. There was a group of Japanese students there, who were staying over a number of weeks, to help the rebuilding process. The group I was traveling with was multi-national. Then there were the villagers themselves, who had suffered such great loss. We all pitched in and helped in whatever way we could during the couple of days I was there. Who cares that we didn't all speak the same language! For some reason we were able to understand each other and get the work done. It was a language of the heart, motivated by a desire to serve in whatever way we could. Here in the U.S. I have helped with inventoring medical supplies to be shipped overseas to the Math's nonprofit super-speciality hospital, AIMS (Amrita Institute of Medical Science). This whole endeavor is done completely by volunteer effort. On any given day you can find people in the warehouse meticuously going through every inch of supplies and recording it on lists and packing it carefully in boxes to prepare for shipping. They do this of their own accord, on their own time, when perhaps they could be home doing something else. These are only two small examples. Times it by however many charitable projects the M.A. Math is involved in at any given time, add up the volunteers that help make it happen, and the figures are astounding. The fact that an organization can inspire and motivate people, not only in India, but across the globe, to give of their own time like this and instill in them a desire to serve, is awe-inspiring. On a personal level, my contact with Amma and the M.A. Math over the years has, I feel, changed me as a person, and is continuing to change me. I can no longer think of just myself. I find that on a very practical level I am able to apply this example of compassion and service and bring it in to other aspects of my life, including the workplace. It has made me more aware of the suffering of others and to be kinder and more caring. It has caused me to be more self-aware of how I conduct myself in my daily affairs. And I have learned that although we all may be from different places and speak different languages we are all intrically connected and part of one human family. Compassion and service to others has no boundaries. If I can be affected even in this small way, imagine the magnitude of this message of selfless service and the profound effect it has had on the millions of people that Amma and the M.A. Math have reached. All the M.A. Math's charitable projects are generated and sustained by volunteer efforts, both in time and in money. How is this possible? Only if the message of selfless service is being awakened in these millions of people around the globe. I have never seen an organization do this before on such a massive scale. The M.A. Math's message and mission is truly a universal one and is reflected in the vast breadth and effectiveness of it's endeavors.

5 deguc

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have witnessed 1st hand the inspiration pouring forth from the works of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Never on the face of the Earth has cooperation and selflessness blossomed with greater beauty and abundance!!! Service and love are the guiding lights of this UN recognized Not for Profit. Seeing the unity in all of the children of the Earth, Mata Amritanandamayi Math will surly continue in its quest to lessen the suffering of human beings all across the world. Om Namah Shivaya May All Beings be Happy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Mata Amritanandamayi Math for the past 15+ years. It has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my life to engage in supporting the humanitarian activities of the M.A. Math. What attracted me was the total selfless volunteering practiced at the organizations and how the organization in totally volunteer driven thereby reducing overhead costs to a minimum. The message of love, compassion and selfless service exemplified by Mata Amritanandamayi Mayi, the founder of the organization is a great inspiration. It is really a gratifying experience to be part of the many humanitarian projects like free food and medicine to the needy, homes for the homeless, orphanages, scholarships for needy students, health care, disaster relief, environmental preservation etc etc.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mata Amritanandamayi Math provides a wide range of charitable services to a wide range of people, both in India and abroad. I have been deeply touched by the generosity of their work, and by how much they do! The humanitarian efforts of Mata Amritanandamayi Math are helping millions of people worldwide through education, building houses for the poor, building environmental awareness, and cultivating compassion. I have participated in raising money for this charity and have volunteered writing letters to less fortunate and sick people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amma’s Amazing Charities I’d like to say a few words about Amma or Mata Amritanandamayi in regards to her amazing and totally thorough charitable contributions to this world. The list of her charities and charitable works is mind boggling. From hospitals, schools – lower, higher education, trade, technical and tribal schools for those who live in remote villages, orphanages, homes for the homeless, disaster relief help – with medical support, food and shelter, for tsunami, flood and earthquake victims. Amma has pensions for the poor, food and soup kitchens throughout India, Europe, and the United States and elderly care homes in India. Amma's Circle of Love program is another one of her practical examples of universal compassion. Its whole purpose is to provide a network of compassionate service between those who are in need of assistance and those who would like to help them. Amma also is very concerned about the preservation of nature she says: “One of our priorities should be to preserve nature. We must put an end to the practice of destroying the environment for money, for our selfish short- term needs. Each family should grow trees and plants in their yard.” Thus, there are many environmental projects Amma is sponsoring through the “Green Friends” network. One project I work on a lot is Amma’s housing project. Every week we have a bake sale to earn money for building the many thousand homes which are so badly needed for those who are homeless and or have lost their homes to some disaster. It used to take $750 to build a home in India, but with all the disasters Amma wants us to build very sturdy homes and now it takes $2000 to build a home. We make about $400 per bake sale, so it takes at least 5 bake sales to make one home. It is so simple to make something for this sale and in doing so we are truly bringing great joy to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Probably the most awe inspiring aspect of Amma is her ability to give and give of herself so infinitely to this world and thus she in turn inspires thousands and thousands of us to try and do the same. She says, "We can never close our eyes to the world in the name of spirituality. As a result an unfathomable amount of charitable contributions are made to this world in the name of Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Most Respectfully, Adarsa Whitney

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amma's organizational preparedness and rapid response in various global disasters, from earthquakes to tsunamis to hurricanes is remarkable. Her endless compassion for ALL people is her sole driving force, and has led to the creation of so many institutions to help humanity. Her lack of politics and bureaucracy enables her organization to get to the heart of the problem and find immediate solutions. So many are devoted to her teachings and work that they will come from all over the world to help with an emergency. Her model should become standard practice for all governments.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amma [Mata Amritanandamayi Devi] is an incarnation of pure love in human form. Each and every being getting an opportunity to have Darshan from Amma will definitely have experiences. So do I. In fact, experiences cannot be expressed as it is. One has to go through it. Me and my wife had very bad time in different occasions and it was Amma saved us both. In January 2000 my wife accidently fell down hitting her back head and went into coma. There was no hope and I was sitting near her bed at the emergency ward crying/calling out Amma. After sometime I fell unconsciously, but later I felt somebody was calling me. When I woke up I see my wife was crying and calling Amma Amma pointing towards bed corner; she said Amma is standing there, but I could not see anyone in the room. She went into sleep again. When she woke up she was in total bliss and told me that she could see Amma in the very room and She was consoling her and chant a mantra in her ears. Doctor came for check up with no hope, but could not believe seeing my wife sitting in the bed having tea. They could not believe their eyes. Only myself and wife know the reason being. She was discharged after routine tests. In the month of July this year I had been admitted in the hospital due to food poison. As I am working in the gulf keeping away from my family there was nobody to take care of me in the hospital. By the time pass by the poison spread all over and I lost my consciousness. Though I was in the unconscious state I could feel Amma's presence and smell Her fragrance; I saw somebody in white saree standing near my bed. I don’t remember anything what happened later. I woke up in the morning; there was no problem - complete fit - and discharged very next day. The treating doctor and nurses were in wonder. Later last month I had a big escape from an accident. When one has full faith with the Supreme Doctor why worry. Amma Sharanam

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

i worked with Mother's Kitchen in Oakland and I saw firsthand how people needing food and sustenance appreciated it. I learned to be patient doing simple tasks that culminated in creating a meal for many. It always was and continues to be a warm, inspiring experience.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Homes & Slum Renovation One in six people alive today lacks adequate shelter. As a result of poor shelter, polluted water and inadequate sanitation, 50,000 people - mostly women and children - die each day. The problem is disproportionately concentrated in the developing world. In India alone, there are more than 2.3 million homeless - and that figure doesn't include the 170 million slum dwellers. But homeless does not have to mean hopeless. In 1997, Embracing the World launched an initiative to build 25,000 homes for the homeless throughout India. Five years later, the goal was reached. With an average of six people living in each ETW-built house, that meant 125,000 people had moved from the streets or woefully inadequate shelters into the safety and comfort of their very own home. Upon completion of the project, Embracing the World immediately announced a second goal to build an additional 100,000 homes for the homeless throughout India. To date, more than 40,000 homes have been constructed in more than 60 locations across the length and breadth of India. As part of ETW's response to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, homes have also been constructed in Sri Lanka and Andaman Island.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was just in India and got to see first hand how this organization goes non-stop to creatively and sleflessley help anyone and everyone in need. Thousands of women came one day to receive their small pensions which enable them to live. The children from the orphanage came on another day and danced and smiled. Families with no livlihood have been retrained in sewing, and medical assisting and other skills. I saw schools and so many universities filled with so many students all being provided housing and loving care while in school. The list is practically endless as wherever a need arises they are there to fill it. Thanks to the encouragement of Amma, I was able to start a soup kitchen in the US and with a group of other volunteers feed so many homeless on a regular basis. This is happenning in many cities across the US and other countries too. Houses are bieng built, people are being trained to take care of themselves and their families and, medical care is being provided, many times free and always on a sliding scale, victims of eathquakes and tsunamies etc are being given emergency andlongterm help and homes and most of all are being provided with hope. So many people volunteer, cause they see every penny go to the people in need, and are so proud to donate their time to make our world not only better but more balanced.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Really amazing charitable work! Very inspiring to see so many people involved in service and making an impact on so many important issues.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amma is a true model for compassionate giving and putting others first. Her efforts in regards to helping those in need far exceeds what I have witnessed in most people. Her awareness of global issues and her efforts to raise global consciousness is a true showing of what we need to do in our own lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mata Amritanandamayi Math provides a very wide array of charitable services: food, housing, education (up to college level), environmental work, disaster relief, aid for women's shelters, etc, etc. There is virtually no aspect of charitable work in which they're not involved. But it it the love and support showered on all in need which is their greatest service.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Out of all the experiences I've ever had working with any type of a spiritual or humanitarian group this has been the most rewarding and uplifting. I was in the Tsunami a few years back in South India and saw everyone from MA Math creating homes and feeding people who were in desperate condition. I've traveled with Amma in India and seen her console and assist thousands of people daily. This is humanitarian work on a high level which has brought depth and meaning to my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The impact of Mata Amritanandamayi Math is felt globally. Homes, schools, hospitals, orphanages etc. have been built to help those in need. Amma is the true inspiration behind it all and through her selfless service, inspires others to help and make a difference. I've personally been able to donate, work directly on the projects and organize fund raisers. The opportunity to help makes me a better person doing something worthwhile.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Simply awesome..Amma has inspired average people to volunteer, (all workers are unpaid) all over the world. Giving selflessly to the needy is a goal all of Amma's devotees strive for and many, many are helped by the numerous humanitarian works undertaken by Amma and the MA Math.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Amma and her organization for the first time at one of her many programs 5 years ago. At that time I was in Australia. Since then I do not miss a chance to connect with herself and the Math. I volunteered to prepare free meals and clean for children at risk and their tutors in Toronto. I was so inspired by Amma's work that I ended up in India at the head office of the organization where I spent 4 weeks. I was involved in so many diverse tasks: basically, I was kind of on-call for whatever help they needed to better provide support and help to disadvantaged people. that ranged from cleaning, to cooking, to repairing windows, to loading, unloading trucks. You name it. All the heads of the organization are true examples. I was happily surprised that the "Executives", I mean the Swamis share a room and have their bed on the floor... living like poor people, yet managing huge operations in India and around the world. Truly, yes, truly and deeply inspiring. A real example of service to others. Period.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

M A Math and its founder Mata Amritanandamayi provide a yeoman's service to the local communities where they are located and also to the world at large. They contribute health care, social services and spiritual programs in all their locales spread all over the world. The most recent exemplary example is the relief sent to the people hit by the floods in Andhra Pradesh, India and the people dislocated as a result of the earthquake in Indonesia.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen M/A Math helping during the Tsunami that hit the south west coast of india, the Math not only did that every charity does like giving food and shelter, but also was practical and help reverse the pregnancy prevention operations that some women did to help them get another chance to get children. Which i think is a very smart. Also it had developed camps for Kids to distract them from the constant remembrance of their loss. Every year the M.A Math helps in various other ways, providing home to the homeless, pension for the widows to help them get up and face life, help poor girls with their marriage. Then it helps motivate volunteers to conduct food camps for the home less all over the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mata Amritanandamayi Math is an extraordinary non-profit! The Math is providing health care, education, food and shelter for millions of individuals all over the world. The Math and Amma herself also provides spiritual enrichment for millions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wait for Saturdays to go to MA center (California U.S.A) to do be able to contribute a small drop in the multitude of voluntary work it does. I basically work in the medical sorting area (headed by a full time unpaid volunteer). Donations form various hospitals, are sorted by date etc, and inventoried. These then get sent to AIMS hospital India, Flying doctors etc. AIMS is the super-specialty hospital in India that provide state of the art treatment to the poorest people free (including hear surgery etc). There are 1000s of more projects that happen by unpaid volunteers. They have built 25,000 houses for Tsunami victims and more are being built. I personally am not able to participate in these but know that what ever little I can donate will be used 100% with very little overheads. They have recently started an orphanage in Kenya. These are just a few, it would be impossible to enumerate all that is done.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Mata Amritanandamayi Math for the past 9 years, in a variety of contexts. I was very interested in working with a non-profit which shared their donations directly with people in need. The MA Math provides health care to people in need through a hospital, mobile clinics to people during disaster relief (i.e. big tsunami, earthquakes, hurricanes), as well as supplying food, blankets, housing, education, work training programs, scholarships, etc. There are a variety of programs which range from planting trees to fighting hunger. Another program is Circle of Love, where people write letters to the sick or lonely individuals, people in prisons, etc. I have been VERY IMPRESSED how the organization delivers results and is made up by primarily volunteers around the world. I feel happy to be able to share some of the knowledge I have gained in the corporate world with a non-profit of this caliber. The goal is for all human beings to have their basic needs met (food, health, housing, occupation, education, etc).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mata Amritanandamayi, or Amma as she is affectionately known, is an inspiration for this world. Amma's organization through the beautiful inspiration from Amma, tirelessly works to uplift the entire world, spreading her message of pure love and compassion. I know no other organization that is as sincere in its efforts to help those in need, those who have been devastated by the complications that life presents. Everything from their Disaster Relief to their soup kitchens, and all their other innumerable service activities, I have not seen anything as such. They personally help everyone, not just by giving money, but by being there in the slums, to helping abused women, to helping families who have lost their homes in natural disasters, the list goes on. I have been personally touched by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, and have been forever changed by them. It has made me appreciate all that I have, and to have a loving and compassionate heart towards everyone and everything.