‘Amma’ Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi has initiated a ₹50 crore project to support the needy.
MUMBAI, Jan 18 (The CONNECT) – ‘Amma’ Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi has initiated a ₹50 crore project to support the welfare of people with disabilities and pregnant women who are malnourished.
Work will take place in underdeveloped districts across India, as well as in other developing nations. The Ashram will work closely with local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) with the purpose of bringing about a tangible change in the lives of its beneficiaries. Amma also hopes to establish this as an example for efficient and effective systems, which could subsequently be adopted by other CSOs and governments all over the world.
The announcement was made as part of the Inaugural Ceremony of India's Civil 20 Working Group (C20), of which Amma serves as Chair. C20's purpose is to bring the concerns of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from around the world to the G20 Summit set to take place in New Delhi this September. The Group of 20 (G20) is the premier intergovernmental forum for the world’s developed and emerging economies to address financial stability on a global basis. With India as this year's host country, the G20 theme is vasudhaiva kuṭaṁbakam—the whole world is one family.
Amma said: "This is an auspicious occasion. We have embarked on a mission to restore the dwindling light of the world. This is a historic year in which India has received the opportunity to assume the presidency of the G20 nations.”
Speaking at the inauguration, Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi said that community participation is essential for the success of any project, and C20 is playing a key role in ensuring society's fundamental needs are expressed to the G20 leaders. He explained that today the world is going through increasingly challenging crises and collective actions are now necessary just to survive.
Members of India's C20 include Sri M, the Satsang Foundation, Sudha Murthy, Chair, Infosys Foundation, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini and the Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari.