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Community Out Reach University

Giving drinking water- a turning point in life

Thirty-one students from 14 Universities in Japan, from International Volunteers of University Student Association IVUSA, worked alongside 12 of Amrita University’s Masters of Social Work (MSW) students and faculty members to deploy clean drinking water filters in 31 flood-hit communities in the Kerala State districts of Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta, in February 2019. The effort was […]

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Community Out Reach University

Giving water to Indian villages, building friendship between India and Japan

Feb 2018, Alappuzha, Kerala In order to help supply rural villages with clean drinking water, seventy-two students from Japan travelled to Alappuzha district of Kerala to help build water filters. Despite not receiving credit from their university, having to sacrifice their vacation time, and paying for their own travel expenses, students from the IVUSA program […]

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Around Amma 2018 India 2018

We have to turn inward for inspiration

24-25 February, Bengaluru, Karnataka – Bharata Yatra 2018 Despite the fact that Amma reached Bengaluru in the early hours of the morning, a group of devotees were patiently waiting there with tears in their eyes to greet her. On the day of the program, Amma was welcomed to the stage with Vedic chants performed by […]

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Flood Relief

Flood relief work in Japan

September 2015, Japan Following more than a week of rains in early September, Tropical Storm Etau could not have hit eastern Japan at a worse time. On September 9th, Etau began to further inundate the already rain-soaked terrain north of Tokyo—dumping as much as 2 more feet (65 cm) of rain in 24 hours in […]

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Community Out Reach

Please come to show us your smile again

This past February, 63 Japanese students from IVUSA returned to the same small village in Chandrapuri, Uttarakhand where they had helped build homes last year as part of flood relief project. This year, the relief efforts extended to building a new school. Since the flood, students have been studying in a small, dark prefabricated hut. […]

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Disaster Relief Free Housing

Japanese students bring warmth to Uttarakhand

February 2014, Uttarakhand A group of 73 students from all over Japan came together and travelled to India to help take part in Amma’s rehabilitation of the areas devastated by the 2013 floods in the state of Uttarakhand. Amma pledged to rebuild 500 homes in the area. The first phase of that work is going […]

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Flood Relief Free Housing

Japanese touch to Raichur houses

One should be able to see all of creation as one, the unity beyond the apparent diversity. Amma advises us to practice that attitude in our day to day life, and we could get a glimpse of it by seeing the IVUSA Japanese students working on the Amrita kuteeram site of Raichur, Karnataka. For one […]

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Disaster Relief

Japanese students help Raichur housing project

10 March 2010, Raichur, Karnataka Sixty students from Japan’s IVUSA (International Volunteer University Student Association)   came from Tokyo to join Amma’s house construction project at Raichur in Karnataka. They stayed for more than a week and started spending their days in hot sun helping the construction of the houses. Temperature touched above 42 degrees and […]

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Free Housing Yatra

The colour of inspiration

6 March 2006 — Pandagasalai Village, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu For the seventh time since 1998, members of Japan’s International Volunteer University Student Association (IVUSA {news}) are participating in the Amrita Kuteeram house-building project. This year more than 80 such students have traveled to Nagapattinam to help build tsunami-relief housing in the villages of Pandagasalai, […]

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Free Housing Tsunami

A different kind of party

Japanese College Students Build Houses for Tsunami victims 13 March 2005 — Edavanakkad, Ernakulam District, Kerala Ask your average college student what he or she intends to do on their vacation and most likely the response is going to involve some combination of the words “beach,” “dance” and “partying.” But about 100 students from Japan […]