● The Cheque for Rs. 2 Crore was Given by Swami Amritaswarupananda to Chief Minister PinarayiVinjayan at the CM’s office in Trivandrum
● Immediately following the disaster, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math set-up food relief camps for the widows and hundreds of affected families
● Free treatment was provided at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi
February 12, 2018 — Trivandrum, Kerala: Rhe Mata Amritanandamayi Math has donated Rs. 2 crore to Kerala State’s Cyclone Ockhi special relief fund. A cheque for the amount was handed over by Swami AmritaswarupanandaPuri, the Vice-Chairman of the Math to Chief Minister PinarayiVijayanat the CM’s office in the capital.
Said Swami AmritaswarupanandaPuri: “Amma’s eyes keep welling up, as she feels the pain of the families in mourning. She can’t stop thinking of the grief of the wives who never got the closure of seeing their husbands’ bodies. She deeply wanted to help provide them assistance.”
Immediately following the disaster, volunteers of the Math set-up food relief camps for the widows and hundreds of affected families, at times working in conjuncture with local churches. Free treatment for the injured was also offered at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi.
Under the leadership of spiritual leader and humanitarian Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math and its worldwide counterpart Embracing the World has contributed more than Rs. 475 crore in disaster relief since 2005, coming to the aid of victims of such tragedies as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the Chennai floods of 2015, Uttarakhand flash-flooding of 2013, the Japan Earthquake/Tsunami of 2011, and the US hurricanes of 2005.
Cyclone Ockhi, the most intense tropical Arabian Sea cyclone in years, hit the Kerala coast in early December. Heavy rain and strong winds claimed many lives and inflicted widespread property destruction. Many homes were destroyed. Local fishermen off the coast of Kerala’s capital were the worst affected. The bodies of some were found strewn across their boats and hundreds are still missing. The exact death toll remains unknown. Many of the victims’ families were totally uprooted, having lost their loved ones as well as their security, food and shelter.
Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma)
Amma has delivered addresses at the United Nations several times and has spoken twice at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Among other accolades, she has received the Gandhi-King Award for Non-violence in Geneva, the James Parks Morton Interfaith Award in New York, and an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York. In 2014, at the invitation of His Holiness Pope Francis, Amma was one of 12 religious and spiritual leaders to travel to the Vatican to sign a joint declaration against modern slavery. Throughout her life, Amma has embraced and comforted more than 3.7 crore people. When asked where she gets the energy to help so many people while also building and running a massive humanitarian organization, Amma answers: “Where there is true love, everything is effortless. Love transforms.”For more information: www.amritapuri.org
Mata Amritanandamayi Math
Amma’s organization exists to help alleviate the burden of the poor through helping to meet each of their five basic needs—food, shelter, healthcare, education, and livelihood—wherever and whenever possible. MAM is especially focused on helping to meet these needs in the aftermath of major disasters. To date, MAM has provided free medical care to more than four million people. It has built more than 47,000 homes for the homeless throughout India and has provided financial aid for more than one lakh people unable to care for themselves. MAM is also providing educational assistance to 50,000 students.
Moreover it is offering vocational-training, literacy-training, running orphanages, hospices, old-age homes, scholarship programs, planting trees and managing environmental-protection programs. MAM has done massive relief-and-rehabilitation work following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami as well as in response to flooding in Mumbai, Gujarat, Chennai and Bihar, Uttarakhand and Jammu-Kashmir, as well as in response to earthquakes in Kashmir, Nepal, Haiti and Japan, cyclones in West Bengal and the Philippines, and hurricanes in the United States.For more information: www.amritapuri.org
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