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Food, Water & Shelter

Amma’s dream is for everyone in the world to be able to sleep without fear, at least for one night; for everyone to be able to eat to their fill, at least for one day. She says that by doing selfless service for at least one day, everyone should help the poor and needy. 

“There are two types of poverty in the world. The first type is due to the lack of food, clothing and shelter. The second type is the poverty of love and compassion. We need to deal with the second type of poverty first. If we have love and compassion, we will wholeheartedly serve and help those who lack food, clothing and shelter.”

- Amma


Why it Matters

More than 26% of the world population suffer from food insecurity. By 2030, 1.6 billion people will lack drinking water.

As a result of poor shelter, polluted water and inadequate sanitation, 50,000 people – mostly women and children – die each day. The problem is disproportionately concentrated in the developing world. 

Our Work

Providing over 10 million meals annually as well as disaster relief and support for tribal communities.
Fostering Hope: An orphanage dedicated to the compassionate support and education of 500 children for over 25 years.
Clean drinking water initiative for rural India
Two decades dedicated to combating hunger in the United States and Canada.
Amrita Watoto Boma Children’s Home: Nurturing 160 children in a caring atmosphere with quality education, meals and medical care.
Rebuilding communities, homes, and lives by constructing towns and homes that house over a quarter million people.
La Cocina de Amma: Serving indigenous communities in Mexico
Students and volunteers offering home-cooked meals and support to those suffering from homelessness, drug, or alcohol addictions
Cultivating one ton of organic produce annually for distribution to the underprivileged and homeless.
Delivering essential food provisions to families struggling with financial hardships.
Serving Australia’s homeless with food, love, and kindness.
Nourishing children in need and nurturing a spirit of sharing.
A new lease on life: Improving the quality of life for slum dwellers by building homes, and offering tutoring, education and free medical care.

Our Impact

meals served yearly in India
1 M
children in our orphanages
Indian villages to be secured with drinking water
meals served yearly in North America

Get Involved


The vast majority of our work is carried out by local volunteers.


Make a contribution to support our humanitarian work.

Partner with us

We collaborate with academic institutions or NGOs

The United Nations and other NGO’s have something to learn from Amma and what she has been able to build

Former President, UN Security Council Former Chairman, UN Human Rights Commission

Watch Amma’s daily livestream

Amma offers us the possibility to connect online with her on a daily basis. During these livestreams, we can meditate with Amma, chant bhajans (devotional singing) and hear spiritual teachings.

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