The message of love and compassion Amma passed with great simplicity and deep wisdom, inspires thousands of people from all walks of life to serve humanity. Her example and dedication has created a wide network of altruistic work known today as embracing the world.
Embracing the world is a global network of local and regional charitable organizations and projects which grew out of the India-based charitable projects of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Currently active in more than 40 countries around the world, 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.
Amma teaches 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. Amma's centers in many countries contribute to this humanitarian effort by inspiring people to serve selflessly in the building of a better world.
NGO with Special Consultative Status to the United Nations
In India, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM) is the agency responsible for designing and carrying out the projects of embracing the World. In 2005, the United Nations awarded the "Special Consultative Status" at MAM, enabling collaboration with various UN agencies. This status was granted based on the recognition of the extraordinary work of disaster relief and other humanitarian activities. In December 2008, the Department of Public Information of the UN granted the MAM range NGO partner to collaborate on research and dissemination efforts of humanitarian issues.
GreenFriends, the environmental branch of MAM, is an international movement that has grown faster in lifestyles that respect nature. GreenFriends encourages us to recover our sense of unity between nature and humanity, and develop love and reverence for Mother Nature. Through the power of individual actions of love and prayer, each person can play an important role in restoring the lost harmony between humanity and nature.
GreenFriends began in 2001 in southern India, with the planting of thousands of trees, nursery maintenance and protection of sacred groves. After the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean, GreenFriends settled 13 miles from the coast of Kerala with a massive tree planting. The main centers of MAM are engaged in research, organic farming and recycling. The MAM also distributes organic products and works with tribal villages to market their crafts.
Abroad, the main centers of Amma have committed to reducing their environmental impact. In collaboration with local environmental groups, environmental projects that encourage others to take action are implemented. Promote ecological principles of life as well as the knowledge and culture of indigenous peoples. GreenFriends activities include: permaculture, planting trees, organic food production and care of hives. They also build eco-lodges, preserve land and natural ecosystems, recycle and reduce the amount of waste created and recycled plastic mats, bags and other utensils.
To reconnect people with Mother Nature, GreenFriends organizes workshops, retreats, and meditation groups meeting on forests and other natural areas.
"If you stand together in oneness, you can soar up and stretch across the sky like the rainbow with all the seven colours harmoniously standing side by side. The symbol of peace and beauty.