26 Nov 2013, California
Amma said that she is donating a relief and rehabilitation package worth $2 million for the people affected by super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Half of the relief package from the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM) will be donated in cash while the rest will be spent for children’s education. The package will come from the Mata Amritanandamayi Center in California.
Haiyan, believed to be the worst storm to hit the Philippines, has affected 13 million people and destroyed one million homes.
“I was greatly distressed to hear about this devastation, which took the lives of so many innocent people in the Philippines and which added an immense burden to those who were already living in poverty. In a fateful moment, the storm snatched away the dreams and hopes of hundreds of thousands of others who survived the initial disaster. During this time of immense agony and sorrow, Amma’s heart goes to those who have endured this tragedy and prays for their peace and mental strength. She also offers her prayers to the departed souls.” said Amma.