Amma Sri Karunamayi is a Hindu spiritual leader. She travels internationally promoting global peace and meditation. Encouraged by her parents, she spent her childhood in spiritual paths immersed in prayer and worship. Amma has created several charitable programs to help the rural poor and disenfranchised in the extremely poor Andhra Pradesh area where her ashram is located. These provide free educational facilities, housing projects, clean water programs, a free hospital, mobile medical clinics, emergency relief programs, food and clothing donations, and free housing for people who had been dispossessed of their land.