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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.