Charity Projects Launched on Mata Amritanandamayi’s Birthday

Mata Amritanandamayi

Kollam: Several charitable initiatives were launched during the 64th birthday celebrations of Mata Amritanandamayi at Amritapuri, near here. The first to be unveiled was Mata Amritanandamayi Math‘s project to meet the entire potable water needs of Pandari village in Jammu and Kashmir. The Math has set up a system of pipes, overhead water tanks and pumps to ensure water supply to the remote village. P J Kurien, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson, launched the scheme in the presence of Mata Amritanandamayi.

Nine out of the 101 villages adopted by the Math were declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) as part of the Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan. Representatives from the villages in Bihar, UP, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala were presented with certificates by Kurien.

The Centre for Research in Advanced Technologies for Education (CREATE), an educational technology initiative pioneered by Amrita University, had imparted basic computer training to tribal youths. As many as 50 digital literacy graduates were handed over certificates by Jual Oram and Y S Chowdary, Union Ministers, and Syam Jaju, BJP national vice- president.

The event also saw the roll out of of e-cycles for use in villages without electricity.  The specially designed cycles are fitted with dynamos and solar panels which can generate electricity for basic household needs. Out of the 1,000 e-cycles being readied for the project, four were handed over to the beneficiaries by Satyapal Singh, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology.

Certificates were handed over to 75 beneficiaries of the free surgery scheme of the Math by Pramod Madhwaraj, Karnataka Minister; Oommen Chandy, former Chief Minister; M K Raghavan MP; and V S Sivakumar MLA. Over 1,940 free surgeries have been carried out under the aegis of the Math.

On the occasion, Mata Amritanandamayi presented the Amrita Keerti Puraskar to M Lakshmi Kumari, president of  Sree Vivekananda Vedic Vision.  The award consists of a cash prize of Rs 1,23,456, a statuette of Saraswathi designed by artist Namboodiri and a scroll of honour. Also at the function, a team of 11 doctors of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences were honoured by Amritanandamayi for carrying out Asia’s first upper arm double hand transplant.