AYUDH Mauritius brings food to mothers and children in need

For the youth volunteers it was an opportunity to practise what Amma means when she speaks about ‘compassion in action’.

The AYUDH chapter with Amma Centre Mauritius led a team to a slum area to conduct a soup kitchen for the people living there. AYUDH is the Mata Amritanandamayi Math’s global youth initiative.

AYUDH Mauricio ofrece comida a madres y niños necesitados

Para los jóvenes voluntarios fue una gran oportunidad para practicar lo que Amma quiere decir cuando habla de “compasión en acción”.

La sección de AYUDH junto con el Centro Amma de Isla Mauricio desplazaron a un equipo a un barrio pobre para montar un comedor de beneficencia destinado a las personas que viven en aquella zona. AYUDH es la iniciativa juvenil global del Mata Amritanandamayi Math.

War in Ukraine: Embracing the World donates €115,000 to UN Women project for the safety of women and children

UN Women reports that political instability and conflict have had a significant detrimental impact on gender equality and the situation of women in the country.

Embracing the World, Europe, has donated €115,000 ($127,000) to support ‘Safe Spaces for Women and Children’, a UN Women project for people affected by the war in different parts of Ukraine. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Amrita e.V. Indienhilfe, Amma’s organisation in Germany, a special function was organised at the Oberanger Theater in Munich.

Guerra en Ucrania: Embracing the World dona 115.000€ al proyecto de la ONU para la seguridad de mujeres y niños

ONU Mujeres informa que la inestabilidad política y el conflicto han tenido un impacto muy perjudicial en la igualdad de género y la situación de las mujeres en Ucrania.

Embracing the World, Europa, ha donado 115.000 EUR (127.000 USD) para apoyar el proyecto ‘Safe Spaces for Women and Children’ [Espacios seguros para mujeres y niños] que impulsa la ONU Mujeres para las personas afectadas por la guerra en diferentes partes de Ucrania. Con motivo del 30 aniversario de Amrita e.V. Indienhilfe, la organización de Amma en Alemania, se ha organizado un encuentro muy especial en el Teatro Oberanger de Múnich.

Desde el comienzo de la guerra el 24 de febrero de 2022, se ha confirmado la muerte de más de 3.000 mujeres en ataques que han destruido viviendas y estructuras civiles en todo el país. Según el Comisionado de Derechos Humanos de la ONU, las mujeres representan casi el 40 % de las más de 21 000 bajas civiles registradas en 2022. Y de los 7,9 millones de desplazados internos, estimados en Ucrania, las mujeres constituyen al menos un 90 %.

Al hacer la donación, Swami Shubamritananda Puri, representante del Mata Amritanandamayi Math en Europa, entregó un cheque simbólico a Corinna Witzel, Directora Ejecutiva de ONU Mujeres Alemania, junto con representantes de muchos países de Embracing the World, Europa. También estuvieron presentes el Embajador de India en Alemania, Parvathaneni Harish; el Cónsul General de la India en Múnich, Mohit Yadav; y también asistieron los actores alemanes Ralf Bauer y Adnan Maral.

Sra. Witzelin en su discurso dijo: “Es un gran honor para mí estar aquí hoy. Permítanme felicitarles en nombre de todo el Comité Nacional de ONU Mujeres de Alemania. Estoy muy impresionada y profundamente conmovida por su increíble y maravilloso trabajo. Me gustaría agradecer a Embracing the World y a Amma por su compromiso, su humanidad y su caridad. Ustedes constituyen realmente unos modelos a seguir para todo el mundo”.

El Embajador Harish dijo: “Amma, como presidenta del Grupo de Compromiso de la Sociedad Civil bajo la Presidencia de la India del G20 2023, ha elegido el lema ‘Tú eres la Luz’ a través del cual ha transformado a los ciudadanos comunes de ser receptores de asistencia y apoyo externo en individuos empoderados. Ahora son capaces de mirarse a sí mismos como la luz y contribuir a su propio desarrollo, así como el de sus familias, y convertirse en participantes activos de la transformación en sus propias sociedades”.

El informe “Rapid Gender Analysis” [Análisis Rápido de Género], realizado por ONU Mujeres y sus socios, pone de manifiesto que las mujeres están siendo afectadas desproporcionadamente por la crisis de varias maneras. Ante las continuas amenazas a la seguridad, las mujeres y las jóvenes están experimentando un aumento de la violencia de género, incluida la violencia de pareja íntima, el acoso y la violencia sexual relacionada con los conflictos. El deterioro de las condiciones socioeconómicas exacerba aún más esta amenaza, aumentando las tasas de explotación sexual, trata y otras formas de violencia. Doce meses después del inicio de la guerra en Ucrania, los servicios de apoyo siguen siendo insuficientes para satisfacer las necesidades de los sobrevivientes.

Al ver la situación sobre el terreno, la ONU Mujeres decidió crear el programa “Espacios seguros para mujeres y niños”. Cada espacio también proporciona recursos y servicios cruciales a los que las mujeres desplazadas han tenido problemas para acceder. Distribuyen kits de higiene, recursos educativos y ofrecen formas multidimensionales de apoyo, que incluyen asesoramiento psicológico para adultos y niños, acceso a asesoramiento legal e información sobre recursos locales de empleo y vivienda, y servicios para supervivientes.

También ofrecen cuidado de niños, con un espacio especial para niños en cada ubicación. Pueden participar en clases de yoga o meditación, unirse a sesiones de aprendizaje sobre cómo prevenir la discriminación y abordar diferentes formas de violencia contra las mujeres, y asistir a talleres que las ayuden a encontrar empleo y otras habilidades.

Las intervenciones de ONU Mujeres y sus socios para esta iniciativa desde octubre de 2022 hasta la fecha han llegado a mujeres y niños afectados por conflictos en todo el país en el marco del proyecto ‘Building Democratic, Peaceful and Gender Equal Society in Ukraine’ [Construyendo una sociedad democrática, pacífica y de igualdad de género en Ucrania].

Foto 1: Desde el comienzo de la guerra el 24 de febrero de 2022, se ha confirmado la muerte de más de 3.000 mujeres en ataques que han destruido viviendas y estructuras civiles en todo el país.

Foto 2: Un cheque simbólico fue entregado a Corinna Witzel, Directora Ejecutiva de ONU Mujeres Alemania, por Swami Shubamritananda Puri, representante del Mata Amritanandamayi Math en Europa.

Foto 3: Corinna Witzel, Directora Ejecutiva de ONU Mujeres Alemania, dijo que se sentía profundamente conmovida por Embracing the World y el compromiso, la humanidad y la caridad de Amma con las mujeres y los niños afectados por la guerra.  

Foto 4: El embajador de la India en Alemania, Parvathaneni Harish, dijo que el puesto de Amma como presidenta del Grupo de Compromiso Civil 20 para la Presidencia del G20 de la India es un ejemplo de cómo transformar la sociedad a todos los niveles.



C20 Working Group Summit on Gender Equality and Disability Inaugurated

Dignitaries who spoke at the Civil 20 gathering emphasised the urgent need to address systemic issues such as discrimination, gender-based violence, and economic disparities.

The Gender Equality and Disability (GED) Working Group for Civil 20, an official Engagement Group of India’s G20 Presidency, inaugurated its Summit in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Hosted by Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), more than 300 delegates with civil society organisations and other stakeholders from around the world are participating in discussions and workshops that will directly impact the policy recommendations for the C20 Summit in Jaipur in July.

Inaugurada la Cumbre del Grupo de Trabajo del C20 sobre Igualdad de Género y Discapacidad

Los dignatarios que hablaron en la reunión Civil 20 enfatizaron la necesidad urgente de abordar problemas sistémicos como la discriminación, la violencia de género y las disparidades económicas.

El Grupo de Trabajo de Igualdad de Género y Discapacidad (GED) para Civil 20, un Grupo de Compromiso oficial de la Presidencia del G20 de la India, inauguró su Cumbre en Bhubaneswar, Odisha. El acto ha sido organizado por el Instituto de Tecnología Industrial de Kalinga (KIIT), y ha contado con más de 300 delegados de organizaciones de la sociedad civil y otras partes interesadas de todo el mundo, quienes participan en debates y talleres que tendrán un impacto directo en las recomendaciones de políticas para la Cumbre C20 de Jaipur prevista para el próximo mes de julio.

The Global Seedball Campaign inspires people at the community level to participate in eco-restoration

The making and distribution of seedballs is an ancient technique that offers a simple solution for community groups to come together and contribute to restoring our planet’s ecological balance.

Civil 20’s Sustainable and Resilient Communities (SRC) working group has launched Global Seedball Campaign: Seeds of Hope—an initiative with the goal of dispersing one million seedballs in fragile ecosystems worldwide. Under the guidance and vision of Amma as Chair of C20 for India’s G20 Presidency, SRC is deeply honoured to work towards leading the production and distribution of the seedballs in the year 2023.

The project is in collaboration with AYUDH, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math’s global youth wing, and is a humble effort to create general awareness in people about the significance of seedballs in restoring ecological balance. Volunteers are set to gather in Embracing the World centres across India and in Asia, Europe, South America, North America, Australia, and Africa as part of efforts to encourage people to contribute in whatever way possible.

“Take at least 100 seeds. Take a bit of soil, cow dung, or compost in a paper to insert the seed into it and tie it up. This when thrown into the forests, will start to germinate and grow. Trees in the forest do not usually need any water or fertilisers, their own fallen leaves become fertilisers to such trees,” said Amma.

“Alignment with nature is the lasting and closest bond for the human body and life. Without the elemental forces of earth, fire, water, air and space, humankind and other creatures will cease to exist. Our essential consciousness is the totality of all these forces. As long as we do not acknowledge this eternal unity between humankind and these natural forces, peace, happiness, and harmony will remain a dream.”

A seedball is made up of soil and seeds, often mixed with clay and other organic materials to hold the ball together. They are designed to be thrown or scattered in areas where vegetation is required and are able to rely on natural rainfall to germinate and grow into mature plants.

Creating seedballs is an ancient technique used for reforestation and soil restoration that is today being carried out by community groups worldwide and includes people of all ages. It offers an environmentally friendly and low-cost solution with the potential to make a significant impact on the health and resilience of our planet's ecosystems.

In preparation for the launch of the campaign, SRC conducted intensive seedball making workshops at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus and the Amritapuri Ashram. The students, staff and ashram residents have joined hands to produce close to 100,000 seedballs. A workshop conducted at the university on April 5th had over 200 enthusiastic participants who made close to 10,200 seedballs in seven hours. Meanwhile in Amritapuri, the Ashram kids made close to 1700 seedballs in two hours.

Inaugurating further workshops at the Ashram on April 7th, Swami Jnanamritananda Puri said: “The seeds of a tree are its children, yet, of the many seeds from a tree, only a few see a new life. The remaining seeds in fruit are used as food by humans and animals. When we look at nature and all of creation, we see that it's only humans that keep on taking without giving anything back to the environment. This has greatly affected the delicate balance of the ecosystem, causing climate change and extreme weather conditions.”

Every year, humans destroy around 10 million hectares of forests, causing huge ecological imbalance that affects earth’s climate and biodiversity. Deforestation has a profound impact on humankind, wildlife, and other life forms in nature. As forests are cut down to make way for mining and urbanisation, countless species lose their habitats and struggle to survive.

The loss of habitat has led to the decline and even extinction of many plant and animal species. Destruction of trees also leads to carbon retainment in the atmosphere, contributing to climate change and extreme cases of natural disasters. As deforestation continues, urgent action is needed to protect the planet's biodiversity and ensure the survival and wellbeing of countless species on earth. It is now time to break this pattern.

Video: The goal is to disperse one million seedballs in fragile ecosystems worldwide by the end of 2023.

La Campaña Global Seedball anima a las personas a nivel comunitario a participar en la eco-restauración

La elaboración y distribución de bolas de semillas es una técnica antigua que ofrece una solución sencilla para que los grupos comunitarios se unan y contribuyan a restaurar el equilibrio ecológico de nuestro planeta.

 El grupo de trabajo de Comunidades Sostenibles y Resilientes (SRC) de Civil 20 ha lanzado la Campaña Global de Semillas: Semillas de Esperanza, una iniciativa con el objetivo de dispersar un millón de semillas en ecosistemas frágiles en todo el mundo. Bajo la guía y la visión de Amma como presidenta del C20 para la presidencia del G20 de la India, SRC se siente profundamente honrado de trabajar para liderar la producción y distribución de semillas en el año 2023.

Kerala’s Spring festival marks Amma’s launch of new environmental initiatives on a global scale

The projects include tree planting by the World Malayalee Council, a Civil 20 campaign to disperse one million seed balls in fragile ecosystems worldwide, and AYUDH Amritapuri’s ninth year of planting saplings, alongside its start of beekeeping.

With Vishu as Kerala’s Spring celebration of the prosperity, abundance, and joy that arises from Mother Earth, Amma has launched new practical initiatives to globally address the effects of environmental degradation and climate change. The projects will be carried out in collaboration with volunteers worldwide.

“Alignment with nature is the lasting and closest bond for the human body and life. Without the elemental forces of earth, fire, water, air and space, humankind and other creatures will cease to exist. Our essential consciousness is the totality of all these forces. As long as we do not acknowledge this eternal unity between humankind and these natural forces, peace, happiness, and harmony will remain a dream. Vishu and Vishu Kani represent this elemental bond,” said Amma during her address at the Vishu celebrations in Amritapuri.

“Vishu is a celebration of the bond between man and God, man and Nature, and man and man. It is clarion call to reclaim the glorious values of our timeless and imperishable farming culture. The word Vishu also means ‘equal’. Vishu is the day on which day and night are of equal length. The state of being equal is the central point of our existence. From that perspective, Vishu gives us the message of seeing everything and everyone as equal.”

Amma blessed saplings for Vishu Thaineetham, an initiative that was started in 2015 by our youth wing, AYUDH. In addition to Vishu Kaineetham, the tradition of receiving money from family elders, the young people celebrate Spring by planting trees, fruits and other vegetation in their local ecosystems. ‘Thai’ is the Malayalam word for sapling.

This year, the World Malayalee Council (WMC) was inspired to join such a noble cause and has expanded the reach of participation to diaspora at the global level. Vishu Thaineettham is now initiated by all 69 WMC provinces in India and abroad in six regions across the world, as well as by several other international Malayalee associations.

“The Vishu Thaineettam initiative represents a significant transformation inspired by Amma. As children, we used to receive Vishu Kaineettham and buy candies or toys during the temple festival seasons. This was a type of pocket money. Children generally lack discernment, and money in the hands of a dullard can be dangerous. The same is true for our minds—a mind in the hands of a dullard is also dangerous,” said Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri at the event.

“What did Amma do? She transformed this tradition into Vishuthaineettam. In this era of global warming and climate change threatening humanity, this initiative has become a revolution—a revolution of compassion, so to speak. It is an inner revolution. By joining this great venture, the World Malayalee Council demonstrates their duty, commitment, and sincerity toward society, the world, and future generations.”

Johny Kuruvila, Global Chairman of WMC, expressed his gratitude to team up with the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM) to address Mother Nature’s call to humankind to urgently take action to correct the damage done by pollution, deforestation, and greenhouse gas emissions. With a positive mindset, he also expressed that this is a way to reunite all people of the world as a global family.

He said: “Only today did I come to realise the importance of Vishu – its significance and greatness in family unity, and how the love for nature is passed on through generations. To join this great venture and spread this message worldwide, no government or other administration could have carried it out and reached all the families of the World Malayalee Council as effectively as this organisation has. I see this as a God-given opportunity. I thank Amma, Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Swamiji, and all members of the World Malayalee Council at this time. Let this be the beginning. I have hope that for the good of the world and humanity, we have joined hands together.”

On the same day, WMC’s chapter in the Middle East and Amrita Kudumbam UAE initiated Vishu Thaineetham by gifting a sapling to the Consulate General of India in Dubai, Dr. Aman Puri. Their vision was to motivate everyone, especially the younger generation, to see the importance of Mother Nature and of preserving and protecting Her.

This year’s Vishu also celebrates further initiatives by MAM to encourage people around the world to contribute in whatever way possible to environmental restoration, as every small action contributes to a greater whole.

With Amma as Chair of the G20’s Engagement Group for civil society, the C20’s Sustainable and Resilient Communities working group has launched ‘Seeds of Hope’ – a campaign with the goal of dispersing one million seed balls in fragile ecosystems worldwide.

Volunteers are set to gather in MAM’s centres across the country and in Asia, Europe, South America, North America, Australia, and Africa to create the seed balls. They are made by rolling soil and seeds that are often mixed with clay and other organic materials to bind them.

The balls are then thrown or scattered in local areas where vegetation is declining. Since they rely on natural rainfall or watering to germinate and grow into mature plants, no further gardening is required. It is, in fact, an ancient technique used for reforestation and soil restoration.

So far, volunteers have taken part in intensive seed ball making workshops at the Amrita University campus and the Ashram in Amritapuri. They have made balls that contain seeds for neem trees and eventually, a total of one lakh balls will be distributed across the country. To make Amma’s dream of restoring balance with Mother Nature come true, people of all ages, even little children, are participating in whatever way they can.

AYUDH has also taken up the charge to further its environmental actions by starting a beekeeping project at Amrita University. The purpose is to set an example on how to support local bee populations, as their numbers are declining in many parts of the world. This affects global food supply, as at least one-third of crops depend upon pollinators.

Photo 1:  Amma’s vision for the new environmental initiatives is to inspire individual participation at the community level which then collectively amounts to global action.

Photo 2: Amma blesses the saplings for AYUDH to plant.

Photo 3: Johny Kuruvila is the Global Chairman of the World Malayalee Council.

Photo 4: WMC’s chapter in the Middle East and Amrita Kudumbam UAE initiated Vishu Thaineetham by gifting a sapling to the Consulate General of India in Dubai.

Photo 5: In advance of the launch of Seeds of Hope, volunteers in Amritapuri began making balls with neem seeds.

Photo 6: Tulsi is one of many children who took part in receiving a sapling, alongside attending classes about environmental conservation.

Photo 7: The traditional Vishu Kani includes items like raw rice, flowers, and coins set up around a statue of Krishna, who symbolises protection, compassion, tenderness, and love.



El festival de primavera de Kerala marca el lanzamiento de nuevas iniciativas medioambientales de Amma a escala mundial

Los proyectos incluyen la plantación de árboles por parte del World Malayalee Council, una campaña Civil 20 para dispersar un millón de bolas de semillas en ecosistemas frágiles de todo el mundo y el noveno año de plantación de árboles jóvenes de AYUDH Amritapuri, junto con el inicio de la apicultura.

Con motivo de Vishu, la celebración primaveral de Kerala de la prosperidad, la abundancia y la alegría que surge de la Madre Tierra, Amma ha lanzado nuevas iniciativas prácticas para abordar globalmente los efectos de la degradación ambiental y el cambio climático. Los proyectos se llevarán a cabo en colaboración con voluntarios de todo el mundo.

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