Every year Amma’s Birthday becomes a venue for the Ashram to launch the new humanitarian projects and expand some of the existing ones.
Among the humanitarian endeavours were:
- Rs. One lakh financial aid to families who lost a member during the torrential rains and landslides of the 2019 Kerala monsoon,
- free surgeries for 400 poor at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi,
- 10 free homes for the poor in Kannur, and
- the provision of 10 OceanNet systems to fishermen, allowing them to maintain Internet connections when past the normal range of connectivity,
- 4,00,000 free saris to women enrolled in its upliftment programmes such as the Amrita SREE SHGs, and
- free weddings complete with customary gold ornaments for couples in need.
On the cultural front, the annual Amritakeerti award for 2018 & 2019 was given to K.B. Sreedevi & Vattaparambil Gopinathan Pillai
On the educational front, a new Technology Enabling Centre and a School for Sustainable Development were inaugurated for Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Amrita University also announced that it had created an Rs. 25-crores PhD fellowship programme called “Amrita E4LIFE” that would sponsor PhDs in the field of Sustainable Development for 100 students from India and around the world.
Speaking about the fellowships, Amrita University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr. P. Venkat Rangan, said, “To date, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math has adopted more than 100 villages all over India. Under Chancellor Amma’s direction, faculty and students at Amrita have been striving to help these villages by creating tailor-made solutions that foster sustainable development and social-economic progress. It is Amma’s belief that such programmes help not only the villagers, but also the students — awakening compassion in their hearts. It is to facilitate this vision of Amma’s and to support youth interested in pursuing higher education to uplift the poor and needy that we have created this new PhD fellowship programme.”
On the evening of the 26th, new ashram publications were released, an environmental protection program called Amritavanam was started, and Amrita Australia inaugurated a new programme to uplift Australian Indigenous women.