Olara A. Otunnu former President, UN Security Council

I was very struck by how much of what is generated, how much of the money that is mobilized, actually goes and benefits directly those in need. Amma acts on the spontaneous and instinctive. And that has given a lot of speed and momentum, cut out the bureaucracy, and made it possible to inspire people and to move with them to actually provide timely and quality support to those in need. And I think international NGOs and UN agencies have something to learn from the work of Amma and what she has been able to build.

—Olara A. Otunnu

former President, UN Security Council; former Chairman, UN Human Rights Commission -in 2006 when he visited Amritapuri