29 April 2005
The camp conducted by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math for the children affected by the tsunami in Alappad Panchayat concluded today at Amritapuri. The Honourable Minister of Education, Sri. E.T. Mohammed Basheer, gave away the certificates of participation to the 3,000 children. “History will be the witness to the love and compassion Amma has showered on the tsunami-affected people and the service Amma has rendered to them,” he said.
“Who am I to thank her? Amma has done a great job of educating and helping these children to recover from the trauma of the tsunami. Amma told me earlier today that ‘Wherever we may be, tragedies can take place. We need not live by the sea… Our only refuge is God. Only by taking refuge in Him can we know peace and calm.’”
Cine Artist Sri. Nedu Mudi Venu had an interactive session with the children, singing and sharing his life experiences. He assured the children, especially those who do not have anyone, that Amma will always be there for them: “Amma has opened her arms to these children. She has showed them the path. Her path is always good. May you have the mind and power to follow her.”