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SAMMM – Sakthi Amma Women’s Empowerment Program

(Sakthi Amma Magalir Mempattu Maiyyam) empowers women in difficult family circumstances with the opportunity of stable employment. Most of the women in this program are the sole bread- winners in their family. The initiative started with six women in 2007, and now employs over 50 women. They learn to make organic pooja products and sew traditional Indian clothing. The program supports women by inspiring dedication and confidence, thus fostering their self-esteem.

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Punarjanma – A New Lease of Life assists families in distress, as well as illiterate women and families of long-term prisoners. These families or individuals are delivered from extreme hardship and social stigma by being provided with training and support, thereby helping them take control of their lives and to integrate socially with new-found dignity. There are many different ways in which support is offered, such as vocational training and education, sewing machine donations, new business assistance and cow donations.

Kalyani Program-Family Establishment is an initiative that provides wedding support for couples of any religion from low-income backgrounds. In the Hindu system, marriages tend to be a very expensive affair and usually present a long-term financial burden, particularly on the bride’s family. This program allieviates the financial pressure, making the impossible possible for families in need.

Tribal Welfare Program supports tribal communities living in the rainforest region, located 100 kilometres from Sri Narayani Peedam. Donations include desks, benches, books and stationery for schools and students, as well as raincoats, blankets and basic health services.

Sri Sakthi Amma talks regularly to the children of the tribal communities on the importance of taking care of nature and the environment they live in.

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Vastra Dhaanam Program (giving of clothing) distributes clothing to people in need. Every year, 10 000 saris are distributed. Women come from far and wide, many walking for hours to receive their new sari.

The Elderly & Young Mothers Support Program provides a monthly financial pension scheme for seniors and young mothers. Financial support is also made available for self-employment opportunities through a variety of Amma’s projects, enabling those in need to support themselves and their families.

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