Amrita-Seattle’s volunteers went to Nepal one week after the deadly series of earthquakes for relief work. We reached some of the remote villages near the epicenter of the earthquake in Sindhupalchowk, Bhaktapur, and Nowarkot districts to distribute relief material. Our volunteers also worked at the local temporary shelter camps, cooking meals for 3000 -4000 people at a time.
From 14 to 17 June 2013, the Indian state of Uttarakhand and adjoining areas received about 375% more than the benchmark rainfall during a normal monsoon.This caused the melting of Chorabari Glacier at the height of 3800 metres, and eruption of the Mandakini River which led to heavy floods near Gobindghat, Kedar Dome, Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh. Amrita-Seattle joined hands with the Ramakrishna Mission, Haridwar to dispatch a donation for the relief work. Together they undertook extensive relief and rehabilitation work in the region.
The Ramakrishna Mission undertook extensive primary relief involving 35 monks and a dedicated band of volunteers. Various necessary items including food items, assorted garments, solar lanterns, utensils and other essential items were distributed to 19,513 families in 291 villages in Rudraprayag, Sonprayag, Guptakashi, Uttarkashi, Ukhimath, Pandukeshwar, Govindghat and Niti block areas. Besides, school uniform and other supplies were also distributed to 16,839 students from 275 schools in Joshi Math and Rudraprayag areas. Total expenditure for the relief beginning from June 2013 to October 2014 was Rs. 6.66 crore.
Amrita-Seattle believes in providing services whenever and wherever there is a sudden natural disaster.
In April 2011, Amrita-Seattle dispatched a tsunami relief to an orphanage in Japan in collaboration with the Seattle-based radio station Kiro FM. Baby food, diapers were the main items for the orphans.