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Destitute Children

News Update: March 2010  
  Embracing the World is starting an orphanage in Haiti in order to care for children who lost their parents in the earthquake of 12 January 2010. ETW has rented a four-story house in Laboulle, a suburb in the hills outside of Port-au-Prince, which is in the process of being converted into an orphanage. The requisite applications have been filed with the Haitian Government. ETW will initially assume care for 25 orphaned children.

Amma launches orphanage in Kenya, Africa

April 2009
Amma inaugurated Amrita Watoto Boma, or Amrita Children’s Home. Spread over 11 acres on the banks of the Athi River, this orphanage will ultimately be home to 108 children, providing them with shelter, food, education and healthcare. During the inauguration, Amma distributed new sets of clothing and school supplies to the first 54 children (between the ages of 6 and 14), who are now staying at the orphanage.

Orphanage projects in India

Amrita Niketan —
Amma's Orphanage
Parippally, Kollam, Kerala

In 1989, Amma was asked to take over an orphanage and school whose owners had gone bankrupt. The children were in an extreme state of neglect and malnutrition, and the buildings were unsanitary and in a deplorable condition. The Ashram immediately set about caring for the children, rebuilding the orphanage and re-establishing the school. Today there are 500 children living at Amrita Niketan. Half of them are from poor tribal communities. With the nourishing food and loving care and encouragement they receive from a dedicated staff, the children gain confidence and are given a new start in life.

During the school holidays, many of the children visit Amma’s Ashram and join in the daily activities. They have developed a strong, lasting relationship with Amma and say that they feel she is their own mother.
The children at the orphanage excel in music, sports and dance. They are well-known in their district for their talents in panchavadyam, Kerala’s traditional temple music. Though generally taught only to boys, the orphanage also encourages girls to learn this art form. In state and local cultural competitions, the children often win first prize.

Amrita Sanskrit
Higher Secondary School

The children at Amrita Niketan attend the Amrita Sanskrit Higher Secondary School, which is located next to the orphanage. The school has 2,300 students, and is the largest school in Kerala where Sanskrit, the language of India’s cultural heritage, is taught. It is considered one of the best schools in the district. During the cultural festivals held at the school, the children play a prominent role as hosts and display their artistic and musical talents.

More than 35% of the orphans go on to pursue higher educations, all of which are fully sponsored by the Ashram.


Amma launches orphanage in Kenya, Africa

Amrita Niketan, Amma's orphanage

Amrita Sanskrit Higher Secondary School

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