Amma’s personal example of relentless dedication, sacrifice and service has inspired charity projects in more than 30 countries. This worldwide movement is expanding day by day, as more and more people feel inspired by Amma’s example to share their time, energy and resources with their less fortunate brothers and sisters – both across the globe and in their own communities.
Embracing the World is a not-for-profit international collective of charities founded by Amma. Embracing the World exists to help alleviate the burden of the world’s poor through helping to meet each of their five basic needs – food, shelter, education, healthcare and livelihood – wherever and whenever possible. 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.
The charity organization Embracing the World (ETW) founded by Amma has organized the building of more than 40 000 free homes for the homeless and the poor who used to live in the slums since 1986. The goal is to build overall 125 000 houses for 750 000 people all over India. After the tsunami in 2004 6200 houses were built in India and Sri Lanka.
Amma has established a 1300-bed AIMS Hospital in Cochin. More than 4.6 million patients have received treatment in AIMS and its affiliate hospitals. 1.6 million of them have received free treatment. AIMS has available mobile telemedicine units, which enable high quality medical care also in remote regions.
In addition to hospitals, Amma has established several hospices, palliative care homes and nursing homes, e.g. for AIDS and cancer patients. Medical consultations are offered to many countries in Africa via the internet.
Amma has started more than 50 elementary schools. In addition, she has established several institutes for professional education as well as universities that teach medicine, technology and economics. In Amma’s orphanages children are educated in the supporting and loving atmosphere. Amma’s projects also include special schools for the speech and hearing impaired, a project for teaching literacy to Indian tribal communities, 100 000 scholarships for impoverished farmers’ children and free meditation courses for prisoners, police officers and representatives of the army.
More than 50 000 widows, who would otherwise be without any income, receive a monthly pension. The same support is given to single parents and those who suffer from physical or mental problems. In addition, Amma has built several old people’s homes.
Women’s empowerment is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty. 100 000 women are helped to self-sufficiency by educating them to small business and granting loans for starting a business.
Social Projects and Disaster Relief
Amma feeds and gives clothes to millions of Indian poor yearly. Mother has kitchens in several districts in the United States. Free food and clothes are distributed to the poor from there. ETW has played an active role in helping the victims of natural disasters. ETW granted a million dollar contribution to the victims of tsunami in Japan. Amma’s voluntary workers took part in clearing and relief work right after the disaster in March 2011.
GreenFriends has planted over one million trees globally since 2001. Several projects are launched for promoting organic farming and recycling. One of them is Clean India project.