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Mata Amritanandamayi Math

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Community Stories

492 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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.

5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen how happy the orphans are at the orphanage that Amma took over in her home state of Kerala, India. I have seen the compassion given in caring for the destitute widows in India. I have seen Amma wipe away the sorrows of so many people in India and America. Every person on earth deserves the chance of receiving a loving hug from Amma.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

While the M.A. Math is known globally for its service to the poor, orphans, schools, victims of disasters, etc., there are other activities aimed at improving the well-being of the earth itself, not just its inhabitants. The MATH is a member organization of a United Nations effort to plant trees world-wide to reverse the effects of human abuse to the environment. The MATH has planted over 1 million trees, and I have had the pleasure of planting some myself.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MA Math is an amazing charitable organization. It unconditionally assists the needy in every aspect of life: housing (it gives away houses that have been specially built), food(it supplies 3 cooked meals a day and gives supplies), clothing(distributes new clothes), vocational training(and will give the recipient free necessary equipment), free medical care, schooling (it runs its own schools held in high esteem),it will give all the necessary for poor couples who want to marry and perform the ceremony.It provides telemedicine to tribal areas and is always promptly on the scene when there is a natural disaster. And all this and more truly delivered with love and respect.During my time as a volunteer I felt that MA Math was rebuilding all of India from the ground up, not just focusing on one aspect of charity and with the aim of not having charity be the bottom line, but a re-emergence of the glory that once was India, a vision that India can and will lead the world in dharma once again, from the bottom up. And show other nations what can be done to confront any problem head on. When I volunteered, I saw this, and didn't expect to think like this, but found that I did, again and again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been very moved by Amma's example to the world of the transformative effects of self-less service with humanity and nature. ie. providing compassion, love, solace, inspiration and wise counsel to myself and millions of others around the planet. Her dedication and helpful response to natural disasters and the myriad of other kinds of suffering (both for humans and nature ie. greenfriends).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Its been wonderful with this non profit organization. Not only are they doing wonderfully well serving humanity, every person benifits from sheer peace of mind and calmness from simply being around. One of the main mottos is performing 'seva' or service without an expectation of reward of any kind and the members of the non profit sincerely implement this idea in every walk of their lives. I have greatly benefitted from some selfless acts by individuals who have helped me out tremendously in times of trouble through words, thoughts and actions.