What is AYUDH?
AYUDH is an international youth movement, dedicated to empowering young people to contribute to a peaceful and sustainable world and become compassionate leaders with a sense of tolerance, solidarity and global responsibility.
At AYUDH, we are driven by the desire to make a difference and be catalysts for positive change. AYUDH is a Sanskrit term meaning ‘peace’, which is symbolized by the dove in our logo. AYUDH also stands for ‘Amma’s Youth for Unity, Diversity and Humanity’.
The movement is inspired by the life and work of world-renowned spiritual and humanitarian leader Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi). AYUDH forms the youth wing of Embracing the World ® - a global network of charitable activities guided by Amma which is active in over 40 countries around the world.
Through self-transformation and service to others, AYUDH encourages young people to work towards the betterment of society. AYUDH’s initiatives are organized by and for youth across the world, and are based on four main pillars:
- Social Service: Contributing to individual and global transformation through community outreach
- Personal Development: Empowering young people to express their creative and innovative potential, acquire leadership and life skills
- Sustainable Initiatives: Promoting a sustainable and environmentally-friendly lifestyle to preserve and protect the earth for future generations
- Intercultural Exchange: Building bridges between youth from different cultures, religions and social backgrounds while laying the framework for a global network of young people who share the ambition to create a better world
Founded in 2001, AYUDH now has branches across Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. It is open to youth between 15 and 30 years of age with all religions, genders, social and cultural backgrounds.
Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi) is one of the most respected humanitarians and spiritual leaders of this time. Her entire life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain of the poor and those suffering physically and emotionally.
Through her own life Amma has consequently adhered to the principles of equality, non-violence and religious tolerance. Amma’s tireless efforts for the past 30 years have created a large network of charitable organizations, known collectively as Embracing the World.
Read more: “What is AYUDH?” by Br. Shubamrita