Amritapuri (Kerala): Mata Amritanandamayi plans to rehabilitate sex workers and the debt-trapped farmers by opening rehabilitation center in various places//.
Amritanandamayi is lovingly called "Amma"(the mother) by millions of people, especially living in southern parts of India and is slowly emerging in the same light as the next Mother Teresa of India.
She renders comfort by hugging the people who approach her like children coming to their mother for finding peace and solace. Many call her the "hugging saint".
Born to fishermen parents in Alappad village in Kollam district of Kerala, as Sudhamani, she is today's "Amma" or "Mata Amritanandamayi". She is valued as a saint for her philanthropic acts especially performed at the tragic times like Tsunami, Katrina, or the recent earthquake. The lady who is today a guardian to thousands of orphans, widows and disabled people, had a very humble beginning, with her parents facing an uphill task to feed their eight children. The 52-year-old "Amma" has become a household name in entire South India.
She now plans to set up a rehabilitation centre for sex workers and the debt-trapped farmers. "I have plans to set up a rehabilitation centre for sex workers and help debt-trapped farmers, who are driven to commit suicide. I want to open schools for their children and try to take care of them. I cannot provide financial help to relieve them of their debts," says Amritanandamayi in a rare interview to Asian News International.
"Amma" is looked upon with great hope by victims of any natural calamity regardless of their religious identity. She has set up an orphanage in Nagapattinam, taking care of about 350 children who lost their parents during Tsunami, which killed thousands of people and left many more homeless on December 26, 2004.
Her Ashram has already constructed and handed over 1,500 tsunami and earthquake resistant houses in Azheekkal village in KeraPage: 1 2 Related medicine news :1
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