The world is seeing an increase in natural disasters and widespread illnesses. With global warming, their frequency and severity will continue to increase. The places hit hardest are often the least prepared—and the least equipped to bounce back. The Ashram’s work includes immediate aid and then continued long-term relief. In this way, Amma is helping vulnerable communities get back onto solid ground. Not only does this come in the form of food and medical aid, but also via scholarships, skill & vocational training, and permanent shelter. Most of the Ashram’s relief work has been in response to emergencies across India, but Amma has also reached out to countries worldwide, including Japan, Kenya, the Philippines, Haiti, Nepal, the US, Italy, and Puerto Rico.
Amrita pioneers research and development in disaster management so that people can be evacuated—and lives saved—before calamities arrive. Events such as landslides, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, chemical spills, avalanches, and forest fires require different technologies to detect and monitor them. Amrita’s Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (WNA) has been lauded around the world for advancing technology in this area, and in 2016, Amrita joined UNESCO’s Landslides Consortium.