Since 2001, the M.A. Math has responded to a number of natural disasters, providing both immediate emergency
relief and implementing long-term rehabilitation programmes. Amma’s empathy and concern for the
disaster victims is so complete that she responds to every aspect of their situation—not only fulfilling their
material and emotional needs, but also keeping an eye on their future. Amma’s reconstruction of three villages
in Bhuj following the Gujarat earthquake of 2001 (see page 31) made such an impact on the people there
that when the tsunami hit South India in 2004, the village leaders made the three-day journey to Kerala to help
Amma rebuild houses for the tsunami victims near her ashram.
Aside from the tsunami and the Gujarat quake, the M.A. Math has provided relief to victims of Hurricanes
Katrina and Rita in the United States (2005), to victims of the Kashmir-Pakistan earthquake (2005) and to flood
victims in Mumbai (2005) and in Surat (2006).
Haiti Relief Efforts
January 20, 2010
In response to the deepening crisis in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, Amma announced a plan to provide relief there.
Simultaneously, Amma has directed Br. Dayamrita Chaitanya to travel to Haiti with a small team of medical advisors to assess conditions on the ground. Br. Dayamrita’s team will explore avenues for Embracing the World to make a meaningful long-term contribution to the recovery effort. For further updates see: