Disaster Relief

Amma.org: Disaster Relief
Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2004
Embracing the World was the leading provider of relief for tsunami survivors in India, providing more than $46 million worth of relief.
Amma.org: Disaster Relief
Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami, Japan, 2011
In 2011, we provided on-the-ground support for refugees in Japan, as well as $1 million to sponsor the education of orphaned children there.
Amma.org: Disaster Relief
Haiti Earthquake, 2010
In 2010, in response to the Haiti earthquake, we sent several shipments of emergency supplies, and provided food and scholarships for children.
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Flood Relief, India, 2005 - 2011
India has been stricken by several devastating floods since 2005. Our volunteers have been some of the first on the ground and the last to leave.

What We've Accomplished

$1 Million for the education of children orphaned in Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, 2011

Within three days, our volunteers were on the ground distributing food and water for the refugees. After working near the disaster's epicenter, we soon focused on Rikuzentakata, a remote coastal town of 23,000 people where more than a third of the population had lost their lives. Later that year, we donated $1 million to pay for the education of children orphaned by the disaster.

Earthquake in Haiti, 2010 - Immediate and Long-term Aid

After the catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, we shipped 11 palettes of medical supplies to Haiti, where they were received by Partners In Health. We also distributed staple foods to refugees on the ground, and identified 30 children who had lost parents or other close relatives in the disaster and been forced to drop out of school. We’re now providing scholarships for those 30 children, and they’re all back in the classroom.

$10.7 million: Karnataka / Andhra Pradesh Floods, 2009 - 1000 Houses of Displaced Refugees

In 2009, the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka were ravaged by unprecedented floods, destroying millions of acres of crops and displacing 2.5 million people. In response, we announced a $10.7 million relief package for the flood survivors in both states. Just 20 days after entering into an agreement with the Government of Karnataka to provide new homes for displaced flood survivors there, we had already completed 100 new houses. And that was just the beginning. Medical care for more than 500 people was provided each day.

$465,000 Aid Package for Flood Refugees: North India Bihar Floods, 2008

In 2008, one million people were rendered homeless in Bihar when the Kosi River over- flowed its banks. We pledged $465,000 in relief. Our medical teams remained on the ground for more than two months, treating 50,000 people. We also distributed thousands of tents, blankets and tarpaulins along with cooking stoves and vessels, food, clothing and school supplies. A government official there commented about our volunteers, "I wonder if they are even sleeping at night! We are very thankful to them for accepting our appeal and rushing to help us in this time of need."

$1 Million to Bush-Clinton Katrina Relief Fund: Hurricane Katrina, 2005

Following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, more than 100 Embracing the World service groups throughout North America responded by delivering food, clothing, school supplies and other essential items to the refugees. Our volunteers visited relief sites and provided medical care and emotional support. We also helped the displaced to locate one another via a dedicated website we built for the survivors. In December 2005, we donated $1 million to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund.

$46 Million relief aid package to the tsunami survivors:Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2004

The relief and rehabilitation work conducted by Embracing the World in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami stands today as one of the most multi-faceted, comprehensive and sustained disaster-relief projects ever undertaken by a nongovernmental organization. What made our work unique was its holistic nature—every aspect of the tsunami survivors’ lives was considered and improved. In the end, many survivors stated that in terms of their quality of life and economic independence, they were better off after the tragedy than they had been before.

  • Amma.org: Disaster Relief
    Amma personally helped hundreds of children who survived the 2004 tsunami to overcome their fear of water.
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    The unit is the size of a city bus, and brings sophisticated medical care to disaster-affected areas.
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    We built an evacuation bridge allowing 15,000 people to evacuate in 30 minutes, in the event of a tsunami.
  • Amma.org: Disaster Relief
    We donated $1 million for the education of children orphaned by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
  • Amma.org: Disaster Relief
    We provided scholarships for 30 children who had dropped out of school after the Haiti Earthquake.
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    Doctors from AIMS, our tertiary hospital in Kochi, Kerala, rush to respond to natural disasters across India.
  • Amma.org: Disaster Relief
    In 2005, as part of our Katrina Relief effort, we donated $1 million to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund.
Disaster Relief