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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

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of the M. A. Math for several years because of the wide range of wonderful work they do. There are very few, if any, organizations that bring help to people in so many different ways. There are the dramatic forms of assistance that get our attention - such as huge efforts of Disaster Relief in response to major catastrophes like the Gujurat earthquake, the Asian Tsumnami, and Hurricane Katrina here in the US. But there are many, many less noticed, less dramatic programs in India that are going on continually: AIMS Hospital which provides state of the art medical care to people who cannot afford it; Mobile Medical Outreach programs that bring medical care to people in rural areas; Home Building programs to provide thousands of homes to people who would not otherwise have them; Free Food programs to feed the poor; Orphanages that give children a wholesome uplifting environment, practiical education, and pride in their culture; Elder Care homes and Hospices for the elderly; Pension programs for destitute women and widows who have no other source of income; Farmer Relief programs to prevent the rise of suicide among farmers whose farms can no longer support their families; Youth Education programs; Technical and Vocational schools; Environmental Awareness and Tree Planting programs - the list goes on and on. These are just some, but not all, of the things M.A. Math is doing. M.A. Math is reaching and helping many, many thousands of people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amritanandamayi is a living saint who helps every one.She showers her unconditional love to all.Ammas humanitarian works are countless.Amma helped to build homes for those who lost their homes in tsunami,earthquake etc.She proVides food and shelter for the poor.,gives donations to the poor who needs medical help.Amma's works are innumerable. Thanks to AMMAS HELP .

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amma in Hindi means “mother”. We are all Amma’s children. When one of her children is suffering Amma goes to help them, even though they might be across the world. All of us should pitch in to help people. This is why Amma has given the world many centers around us so that we can better the world we live in. Even the smallest things might help save a life. All you have to do is look around. There is a program called Institute of People’s Education which is a place where people go around helping people young and old to get a better education to help them get through the world. Amrita Development Activities in Kerala and Tamil Nadui is a program that stimulates employment and environmental protection in villages. It also has medicinal plant reserves, high-density farming, a plant nursery, and 8 satellite-aided resource centers. Another program is Self-Reliance Employment & Empowerment Program in Kozhikode it helps unemployed people start up their own businesses. The Seattle satsang group took on a community project of making scarves & hats for the homeless. Akron Battered Women shelter is a project where devotees volunteer to teach yoga and computer training classes to help battered women in Akron, Ohio relax their lives. Amma's Hands is a New England effort that organizes extensive material support as well as services such as prayer commitments and hospital needs to the disadvantaged in the region. An activity in San Francisco is called the San Francisco shower project with the local high school and the Metropolitan Community church to provide over 200 hot showers as well as food and clothing every weekend to the homeless. This helps those people in need and involves the youth. S.A.V.E. is a non-profit organization based in Northern California. Its mission is to provide alternatives to violence through support services and education, and to assist violence victims and their families to end violence. The SAVE Project has been supported by of Amma Center for the past nine years, giving help in many ways to a Safe Environment Against Violence. Every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas, Amma Center's makes special offers to the SAVE shelter in Hayward, California. On the last Sunday of every month, Amma’s children meet in Carmel, California to give 2,000 pounds of rice to the family’s workers and other needy people in the area. Beans and other food items are given, and every winter, warm clothing are collected and distributed as well. Clothes for children and babies, toys, and other things are always welcome. I live in Atlanta and every 3rd Saturday of the month my mom along with other friends cook delicious vegetarian meals like pasta, cookies. We all pitch in at times a little bit. This food is then delivered to an orphanage. Isn’t that a nice way to help out. I am sure the kids love our mom’s food made fresh and with lots of luv. The same luv we get from Amma. After reading all of those heartwarming things, it makes you want to do something to help. You could donate money for these charities, you could volunteer for those programs, or you could even get your own personal idea on how to help. Amma is going around the world right now doing all of these things at once. The least you could do is help out at the center closest to you.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been deeply inspired by the profound services Amma's non-profit organization offers. She has changed my life and brought me closer to the divine.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amma's whole life and being is devoted to charity and charitable works. She works tirelessly and selflessly to help better the world for others...from eduction to shelter to clean water and nutritious food. Her charities are aimed not just at providing these things but teaching and giving people the tools to be able to sustain and better their circumstances. She and her several various charities continue to inspire my eleven year old son and I to help make the world a better place. I am continually astounded and amazed at all the projects they have going on and how they just seem so adept at stepping in with ingenious solutions to society's challenges.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was one of the extremely fortunate and blessed people who met Amma at the San Francisco Airport when she first set foot on American soil in May 1987. Since then I have seen her most of the times that she comes to the USA, which is twice a year. I have felt her unbounded and unconditional love for me and have been transformed into a better person as a result. Her presence is electrifying and radiant; her energy is endless; and her mission to transform all of humanity through unconditional love is her only goal and purpose.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello there I came to know about this organization in 2000 and found out how selfless Amma and her organization is. I was working as a lawyer then and really wanted to give back to society. By doing a little voluntary with the organization it helped me realize what I and others could do. The organization is looking after poor, homeless, educating, providing homes, medical care and more. In my experience this has to be one of the best non- profits in the World. Check the web-site and see for your self.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

It was soon after Tsunami had struck the coastal belt of India, I had an opportunity to visit the Centre. It was a rare experience to find the tremendous help done by the volunteers to the local people. Help from all corners was mobilised to restore the life back to normal in a very short period. The place and people was back to routine life. I bow to the human touch of Amma and salute the humanatarian work done by the volunteers under the able guidance of Amma. OmNamah Shivaya.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended many free events as well as stayed at the Math in India which is the headquarters for Amma's many nonprofit efforts throughout the world. The humanitarian activities include: disaster relief (Amma was recognized by President Clinton for her efforts after the tsunami); schools, education and orphanages throughout India, including schools for hearing and sight impaired children, housing efforts (Amma has received recognition from the President of India for the thousands of homes she has built); feeding the hungry (there are "Amma's Kitchens" throughout the world that serve delicious vegetarian food to those in need). Environmental efforts (Amma works with her volunteers to plant trees all around the world) and so many more. I have volunteered for many of these efforts and I have always returned home amazed and grateful. Amma was also awarded the Ghandi-King award for non-violence in 2002.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amma is a Mother in the real sense- She is the source to the creation of several non-profits serving humanity in different ways. Amma awakens each of us to serve humanity and it is through her inspiration that Ariven Community, our non-profit's vision was founded- to create global sanctuaries for retired animals and farmlands that shares its produce to feed the hungry- with our debut project Amma Sanctuary. Amma serves and touches far too many- in millions- in India, the West and nearly everyone whom She embraces with immense love to serve humanity and with this foundation of bring hearts together she has uplifted humanity through schools, colleges, senior homes, hospitals, disaster relief and the list goes on and on. We are grateful beyond words for Amma's inspiration, Amma's own actions that set examples and Amma's organizational work directly and indirectly to serve humanity.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When you get a teacher who leads by example with her life, you cannot go wrong with it. This has been my experience with Amma's group, where she teaches through her actions. They speak a whole lot louder than words.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience with this organization is a little difficult to explain in words. It has definitely changed my life and my outlook towards life for the better. I am glad I got the opportunity to be involved with Amma's organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amma, Amma, Amma. The humanatarian work done by Amma and Amma's Organization is countless and the specifics can be seen and heard all over the world. I beleive this award is not only decided based on the amount spent by Amma's Organization. Every thing cannot be valued based on the money spent. Apart from Humanatarian work Amma has provided and distributed LOVE to millions and has always expected PEACE which has lot of value but cannot be priced. You can SEE and FEEL that LOVE from AMMA(Mother) as though its coming out from our own mother. If every human has even .00001% of Amma's Love for others, then there will be LOVE and PEACE in this World.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became interested in the MA Center and the "Hugging Saint" Amma when I learned about the organization and Amma from a devotee. The experience I had was phenomenal! Amma hugged all who were in attendance and embraced and listened as each person came forward for their hug (myself included). The hug was magical; an experience to be had. The environment at the MA Center in San Ramon is serene, beautiful, vibrant and a real sanctuary. I enjoyed the scenery while my two year old son was delighted with the free open space. I and my baby were happy to be among people who appreciated and tolerated children in a place of "worship". Accordingly, the food at the MA Center is something of an experience within itself! There were many vegan and vegetarian offerings and the service by the volunteers/devotees could not be matched by any high end restaurant. I recommend attending an event when Amma is in attendance to fully experience the joy of Amma.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have heard of Amma four years ago. I went to get Ammas's blessings four years ago in New York City. It was amazing to watch videos of Amma's charitable work and offering her blessings to people. Amma transcends all physical boundaries, relegions and ethnic backgrounds of people. After you my visit with Amma, I left every time wwondering why can't world be a peaceful place like this with.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization reaches literally millions of people in multiple countries around the world. It takes every dollar donated and multiplies its affect with services many-fold with volunteer efforts. It is not like other organizations where only a fraction of the proceeds make it to the end user they are intended for. It has very little overhead costs. Its founder still sleeps in a very minimal indian house and that is IF she sleeps at all! It serves in all areas with building schools, hospitals and homes as well as job creation for the poorest of people. It is magnificant and it is an honor to be both a receiver of the great gifts it offers as well as a participant in helping it to grow as to increase its positive effects in the world. I can't recomment this organization enough Jennifer Bennett Eugene, Oregon

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've never seen an organization offer this brand of selfless service to the world. It's been so moving to witness how Amma has inspired millions to act in ways that benefits all of society.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amma runs a great organization which includes orphanages, schools, colleges, medical colleges, hospitals. She built homes for the poor, rebuilt whole villages when earthquate hit Gujerat. She was in the forefront to help people to move people to safe place when tsunami hit her village in 2004. She built houses for thousands of families hit by tsunami in India and Srlanka. Her charitable organization is the first to reach when floods hit various parts of India. This is in addtion to giving individual consolation to millions of people all around the world. She is amazing. There is no one equal to her in this generation.