Amma to Donate Rs. 10 Crores to Kerala Flood Relief

via published on August 16, 2018



KOLLAM (Kerala): With massive rains continuing to bombard Kerala, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) has announced that her organisation will donate Rs. 10 crores to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.

“Each day we see the rain just keeps coming,” the spiritual leader and humanitarian said of her home state. “Each time it starts up again, we know it is causing more and more destruction. My heart goes out to those families who are losing their homes and dear ones. We want to help them in whatever way we can.”

The flooding, which is the worst in the state since 1927, has caused dozens of landslides, and the death count is rising each day. There has also been untold crop and property destruction. While the worst-hit districts are Idukki and Wayanad, the International Airport in Kochi has also been forced to close several times.

“Nature is so out of balance these days,” Amma said. “We see very clearly how the climate is changing. In the non-rainy season, it often rains very heavily. The summers are getting longer and longer. In some places where it has never snowed before, suddenly snow is falling. Crops are failing. Trees do not bear fruit. We need to proceed carefully with the awareness that each of us has a responsibility to protect Mother Nature. From planting trees and recycling to carpooling, to not using wasteful plastic—each of us must do our part and pray for God’s grace. These days it seems everyone is aware of their rights, but no one is aware of their responsibilities.”

Apart from the Mata Amritanandamayi Math’s monetary donation, physicians and specialists from the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre (Amrita Hospital) in Kochi as well as the Amrita Kripa Charitable Hospitals in Kollam and Kalpetta have been sent by Amma to flood-ravaged areas.

In areas such as Wayanad and Alappuzha Districts, they have been conducting medical camps and distributing food, clothing and blankets as well as providing medical treatment. Some places are so flooded that the doctors have had to distribute service and medical assistance in boats.

Many of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math flood-relief volunteers are members from AYUDH, the Math’s youth wing, and an AYUDH-volunteer team has opened a collection centre at the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s Amritapuri Campus. The team is encouraging people to donate bottled drinking water and non-perishable food supplies like biscuits, rice, sugar, salt, tea powder and lentils, as well as sleeping items, toiletries and medications. As soon as the rains stop, the volunteers will begin clean-up drives in the affected areas.

The Mata Amritanandamayi Math has been dedicated to disaster-relief since 2001, contributing more than Rs. 475 in disaster relief since. Last year the Amma’s ashram donated Rs. 2 crore to the Kerala State’s Cyclone Ockhi Special Relief Fund.

In India the Mata Amritanandamayi Math has come to the aid of victims of floods in Chennai (2015), Jammu-Kashmir (2014), Uttarakhand (2013), Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh (2009), Bihar (2008), Gujarat (2006), Mumbai (2005). It has also rendered relief-and-rehabilitation in the aftermath of the Nepal Earthquake (2015), Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines (2013), the Japan Earthquake/Tsunami (2011), the Haiti Earthquake (2010), Cyclone Aila in West Bengal (2009), Hurricane Katrina in USA (2005), the Bhuj earthquake of 2001 and the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004.

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  1. Raj Puducode Reply

    August 22, 2018 at 3:28 am

    OVBI together with Art of Living Foundation in India is working to provide the relief and rehab operations. The funds collected will be immediately be used to provide the relief material, medicines and shelters for the affected. The path to recovery can be long and arduous, but we can make a difference by joining the rebuilding efforts.

    So far Art Of Living has donated 60 trucks & containers with over 500 tonnes of relief materials, including food, water, medicines, utilities & clothing, worth Rs. 9.35 Crore for Kerala from their headquarters in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Kolkata and other locations.

  2. Raj Puducode Reply

    August 22, 2018 at 3:29 am

    Church will loosen purse strings only if it senses the possibility of more converts. In 2004 Tsunami incident, when villagers refused to convert to christianity, the so-called volunteers from a US Church left without giving any help. That is the true face of Church and christianity.

  3. Raj Puducode Reply

    August 30, 2018 at 11:14 pm

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    The two idols, which were supposed to contain 5.75 kg of gold together and whose making was overseen by the then Deputy Commissioner of HRCE, Kavitha, did not contain even a single gram of gold, according to Idol Wing officials.

    In 2015, Tamil Nadu chief sthapathi M Muthaiah advised the HR&CE on making new idols of Ezhavarkuzhali and Somaskandar, pointing out that the idols made in 2009 had not complied with the traditional rules. Permission was granted and orders were laid down that the Somaskandar idol should weigh 50 kg and the Ezhavarkuzhali idol 65 kg, amounting to a net total of 115 kgs. But the order was revised to make the idols weighing 111 kg and 63 kg respectively.
    Investigators said that though the HR & CE officials had collected huge quantum of gold as donation for the idols, it was not used at all and swindled by them.

    The idols were made at Swamimalai near Kumbakonam on the orders of the Hindu Religious and Endowment board in 2015. The temple executive officer invited gold donations for the idols but never kept an account of the accepted gold ornaments, an official involved in the investigations said. After sculpting, both idols were brought to the Kancheepuram temple and installed.

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