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.
Receiving Amma’s embrace, many feel inspired to offer selfless service to those in need. In this way, this simple yet powerful act as a mother’s embrace – has become both catalyst and symbol for the growing international network of humanitarian initiatives that is Embracing the World.
Embracing the World is an international non-governmental organization with consultative status to the United Nations, and was founded by Amma to help alleviate the burden of the world’s poor through helping to meet each of their five basic needs — food, shelter, healthcare, education, and livelihood — wherever and whenever possible.
“By Her Emphasis on Selfless Service and Charity, AMMA will, I Believe, Hugely Influence the Future World” – Brother Dr. Wayne Teasdale (Catholic Monk and Former Trustee, Parliament of the World’s Religions)
Inspired by Amma’s example to share their time, energy and resources with those in need – members of the Amriteswari Society and their friends and families have been actively involved in the areas of Community Service, Environmental Conservation, Sustainability, as well as Education and Arts in Singapore for over 12 years.
Amriteswari Society’s “Serve-A-Meal” Project has entered its 11th year of feeding the underprivileged in Singapore. More than 10,000 vegetarian meals have been prepared and distributed yearly, to the old, sick, poor and needy in Woodlands and Jurong, with the help of Bo Tien Temple in Taman Jurong and the Sri Arasakesari Temple.
Meranti Home Visits
Volunteers from the Society visit Meranti Home at Pelangi Village on a monthly basis to promote the physical and mental well-being of its residents through participation in group activities. In July 2018, Sree Narayana Mission, which manages Meranti Home recognised the volunteers and their contributions and regular support provided to Meranti Home. Special activities organised for the residents included a visit to the Punggol Waterway Park and a Deepavali show comprising songs, dances and interactive games.
Every year, the Society provides bursary awards of $150 each to deserving secondary school students, sitting for their ‘N ’or ‘O’ level examinations. The Society will be continuing the awards in 2019 for the eligible students.
Blood Donation Drive
On 1st December, the Society organised a blood donation drive at its premises. Volunteers of the Society worked closely with staff of the Singapore Red Cross Society in facilitating this event that was held in conjunction with the National Blood Programme. The drive witnessed the registration of over 30 individuals.
The Society supports the Plant-a-Tree programme every year, by the Singapore Environment Council and the Garden City Fund, by planting 25 saplings annually.
To change the way we interact with the natural world, the Society’s volunteers gather at the beach annually to clear our coasts of rubbish by picking up non-biodegradable matter ranging from plastic bags, bottles and styrofoam utensils.
To get involved and do your part for your community, reach out to us here.