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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

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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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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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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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Donor

Rating: 5

In my contributions to few different NGOs, I find this one to be most satisfying because I feel that there is enough transparency in the way they operate to give me the satisfaction that my contributions are put to rightful use.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been impressed by the efforts of this group to provide food, housing, medical care, and job training to a vast number of needy persons on a timely and on-going basis. When I visit their public programs annually and see reports of their accomplishments, I feel comfortable knowing that my donations are being maximized by devoted humanitarians.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amma's organization is truly one where any contribution is multiplied by the time the beneficiaries receive help. Monetary donations are used by volunteers to directly help the needy. Whether it's the victims of Hurricane Katrina or the infamous Tsunami, needy people the world over benefit from the efforts of the MA Center and its followers.

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Donor

Rating: 3

good humanitarian helpful.organized.. some volunteers are not good but some are really nice...again amma is really miracle and motherly touch.

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Donor

Rating: 5

In recorded history there are very few people who have made such a positive impact on those in need in so many diverse areas as Amma has done. She has institutes which help those who need medical help, educational help, those who in one way or another are destitute. The real miracle however, is the number of people She has inspired to devote time, money and energy into helping with these projects. People, like myself, who without Her inspiration would have just been spectators to the misery of others.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When the majority of India's people earn less than Rs. 80 ($1.66) a day, and the price of a kilo of rice ranges between Rs. 20 and Rs. 80, it is no wonder that nearly 50 percent of India's population suffer from malnourishment. The fight against hunger is far from over. Today, we produce more food than ever, yet more than one in 10 people on earth suffers from hunger. But this war can be won - the United Nations Development Program puts the annual cost of ending hunger at just an additional $13 billion more than what is already being spent by governments and organizations around the world. At present, Embracing the World feeds more than two million people annually throughout India. ETW also distributes uncooked rice, milk and other staples to deeply impoverished communities. In the first six months after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, ETW provided more than six million free meals to disaster victims, as well as more than 185 tons of uncooked rice to help the victims make ends meet. In the United States, one in eight Americans (more than 35 million) don't have dependable, consistent access to food due to limited money and resources, and nearly 60 percent of Americans between the ages of 25 and 75 fall below the poverty line for at least one year. Embracing the World is committed to making a difference wherever and whenever possible. At present, ETW volunteers in 40 cities throughout North America prepare and serve 73,000 meals a year for the homeless and hungry.

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Donor

Rating: 5

To me spirituality is helping others. Especially in a country like India where there is so much poverty, very least help is available. More money is spend on building temples with gold tops,marble flooring etc. Amma on the other hand helps converting slums into houses, pensions,vocational help for women. Most importantly it is so easy to help. For $2000 you can help build a house for someone.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been personally involved with the MA Math in two ways. 1) We raised $250,000 for the Tsunami from Michigan and I toured S. India and personally saw the work that was being done. I actually took slides and interviewed people and have videos. I came back and showed it to the people who donated the monies. 2) I have helped the AIMS hosptial a heavily subsidized hospital in Cochin, India achieve an ISO 9001 quality certificate. I personally saw the work being done there to help and subsidize the poorer sections of the population. I am very impressed with the large amount of volunteer staff they have actually doing the work both in the Tsunami area and also in the hospital. There are a large number of Americans involved including the Medical Director Mr. Ron Gottsegen. There story and the huge amount of charitable work will inspire you. Chad Kymal 734-604-6552 ckymal@omnex.com

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved in this for the past few years and have been contributing regularly. The money given for charities have been used for building hospitals, providing health care to millions, providing free food, clothing and homes for the needy, care homes for the elderly, jobs for widows to mention a few. MA center has also donated millions to Katrina relief fund, Asian Tsunami relief in 2004 and other disaster reliefs such as Bihar relief fund in 2008 and Mumbai floods in 2005. They provide education scholarships for kids from low income families. MA Center's humanitarian services are expanding and giving solace to more and more people everyday all over the world. I believe that service to poor is service to God and will continue to contribute regularly to MA center.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been to one of Amma's orphanages. The children are well cared for and loved. They are learning academically, socially, spiritually, and emotionally. They are happy.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The scope of Amma's charities is breathtaking. Even when she builds homes in India for those who have lost theirs in earthquakes, she makes sure that tarps are placed on the ground to collect the mortar from the bricks so that none is wasted. Most of the work is volunteer, so all money goes towards the projects.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Matha Amritanandamayi Math is a charitable organization headed by the spiritual saint Matha Amritanandamayi. Although it is headquartered in the southern state of Kerala in India, every nook and corner of the world is touched by its humanitarian activities. It has made stellar contributions to ameliorate various types of suffering in the world. Specific examples include earthquake disaster in Gujarath, India and Tsunami disaster. It is worth noting that the organizations pledge of support to Tsunami victims far exceeded the initial contribution pledged by US federal government! It is an organization with a dedicated volunteer force enabling it to be one with an extremely low over-head cost. Therefore, most of the contributions end up directly at the place or hands where help is needed the most. That is one of the main motivating factors to make donations to this organization. Importantly, it dispenses help to anyone in dire need irrespective of their religion, caste or creed. Its leader and director Her Holiness Matha Amrithanandamayi is the embodiment of love, humility, and wisdom. The loving hug of this "hugging mother" has touched and soothed millions of lives all over the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am always amazed by the quantity and variety of work that the MA Math accomplishes, from building homes for the poor, giving pensions to elderly widows who have no other way to support themselves, to teaching people how to make a living and helping them get started, to a massive charitable hospital, to helping indigenous tribal people, to helping with tsunami and Hurrican Katrina relief, feeding the poor, the list goes on! I have no doubt that the money that I have given them over the years has been used in the most effective and efficient way humanly possibly, since that is how Amma is. And so many of the people working with the MA Math are volunteers so the money donated goes even further. All that in addition to the example that Amma herself provides for us all to serve the poor and needy with an attitude of love, as if we are serving God him/herself.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed Mata Amritanandamayi’s work since 1998. In those days I donated towards homes She build and gave to the poor. I employed an engineer from India at the time and he confirmed to me that the houses build by Mata Amritanandamayi Math cost about one third of what they normally would cost. This is because most of the work is done by volunteers. How refreshing to be able to donate where $1.00 becomes $3.00 once it reaches the poor. Normally it is the other way around. Since then I have donated yearly and watched with amazement on what scope Mata Amritanandamayi developed her charitable work. Really, She has to be an extraordinary being. I am in total awe looking at her charitable activities unfold. With best regards, John Bastian President Veba-Dev Inc. 90 Morgan Rd. Montcalm, QC JOT 2V0 Tel: 819/687-9021 Fax: 819/687-9926 john@fermemorgan.com www.fermemorgan.com

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Donor

Rating: 5

I knew about Amma about 10 years ago and have been following the Math's activities keenly. Where ever there's a need, they try to fill it. And the need is taken care of with so much love and attention that it makes everyone involved in the whole process happy. For instance, their vidyamritam scholarships, give out scholarships to poor children of farmers and see them through school and college. They recently brought all the children to the Math and conducted camps and gave them a feeling of belonging and happiness. All the children said that they had the happiest time of their lives. That is so touching.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Mata Amritanandamayi Math is one of the most amazing nonprofits functioning on this planet! I am continually astounded by the number of humanitarian aid projects that they are able to take on, especially since no one on the staff is paid! All of their projects in India, including free medical care to the poor, building homes for the poor, free weddings for the poor, an orpanage, an elderly care home, and so many more, are all run under the guidance of Amma, with 100% volunteer work. So amazing!