Some of my friends whom I told about my trip were quite happy that a number of NGOs were working towards the longterm rehabilitation of tsunami-hit people. Specifically, many were unaware that the Kerala-headquarterd mutt was doing such a massive work. Frankly, eventhough I have been associated with the mutt, purely from my professional point of view, I myself was very ignorant about this.
Mata Amritanandamayi Mutt -- located on a small strip of island in Alappad panchayat of Kayamkulam taluk in Kollam district -- is a charitable trust involved in social work. Their approach is three-pronged: provide education, health and medical care, and shelter.
Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) tells her devotees, and public at large, to be just as they are (to mean: no need to change your profession or religion etc) and work always in a committed and sincere manner that is: one, socially productive and two, ensures peace and harmony among people. Such a simple philosophy! No wonder she has drawn such a large number of followers from across the world.
Worth checking them out.