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First Responders sponsored


935 Women Sponsored

Transcendental Meditation® is a natural, effortless technique practiced for twenty minutes, twice a day while sitting comfortably.

Over 10 million people of all ages, cultures and religions have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique.

The TM Technique has shown…

Reduced flashbacks and bad memories
Military Medicine 176 (6): 626-630, 2011

Greater resistance to stress
Psychosomatic Medicine 35: 341–349, 1973

Twice as effective as other relaxation techniques for decreasing trait anxiety Journal of Clinical Psychology 45(6): 957–974, 1989

Twice the effectiveness of conventional approaches for reducing alcoholism and substance abuse
Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly 11: 13-87, 1994

42% decrease in insomnia
Journal of Counseling and Development 64: 212-215, 1985

Improved quality of life Military Medicine 176 (6): 626-630, 2011

Mothers of Uganda documents the profound impact of our stress management program in the lives of disadvantaged women in Kampala, Uganda.

Before TM I was getting angry so easily and fighting and acting any way that I felt in order to get relieved of anger; but now I’m more peaceful and have self-control and get along better with people. Being a single mom, I had a lot of stress, because my child got sick a lot and I couldn’t take care of her or pay the house rent; and now that I have TM I am feeling better, less stressed, and started working selling mangoes and taking better care of my daughter.


Holistic Education

509 Girls Sponsored

Stress is the #1 enemy of learning

In low-income urban schools, traumatic stress is a reality for millions of children who grow up in an climate of poverty. This stress impedes learning and undermines physical and mental health. High stress levels also damage teachers.

Our Holistic Education program is a practical, evidence-based approach to reduce stress and dramatically improve academic performance, student wellness and the school environment.

Holistic Education has shown…

10% improvement in test scores—and a narrowing of the achievement gap

Highly effective for increasing creativity

Improved teacher retention and reduced teacher burnout

Greater happiness, focus and self-confidence

Reduced ADHD symptoms and symptoms of other learning disorders

86% reduction in suspensions over two years

40% reduction in psychological distress, including stress, anxiety and depression

65% decrease in violent conflict over two years

Our students have made us really proud. They are punctual, helpful to other students, and smart. They are good at sports and in class. We generally don’t have boy-girl problems, however, our TM girl students are more confident while talking to boys. So far our students who meditate are showing themselves to be top performers on O level exams. That alone tells that TM is sharpening their brains.

Hon. Erinah Rutangye

Healing the Healers

217 First Responders Sponsored

The coronavirus pandemic has brought additional stress with higher first responder shortages, longer, more gruelling shifts and a lack of necessary personal protective equipment. Healthcare workers are feeling strained to the breaking point with many expressing concerns that the pandemic is negatively impacting their mental health. AWAGO is currently partnering with first responder organizations to bring stress management to at-risk individuals.

Benefits to First Responders has shown…


A meta-analysis has shown that TM reduces anxiety and PTSD to a significantly greater degree than other forms of meditation or relaxation. Studies have also shown that TM produces clinically meaningful results often within a few days to two weeks.

Reduced Physical Burnout

A four-month randomized controlled trial with faculty physicians at Loyola Stritch Medical School, Chicago showed the TM technique brought about a decrease of burnout, depression and insomnia.

Decreased Burnout and Increased

In a pilot study of 27 hospital-based nurses, quantitative measures were assessed at baseline and four months after instruction in the TM technique. Post-test results showed statistically significant improvements in resilience and the three subscales of the compassion fatigue questionnaire: nurse burnout, secondary traumatic stress and compassion satisfaction.

Reduction in Perceived Stress and Mood

Two months of regular TM practise significantly reduced perceived stress and mood disturbance in family caregivers, including reductions in anxiety, depression, anger, confusion, and fatigue, and increase in spiritual well-being.

The joy of nursing is in being able to give and help others and in being an active and flexible team member. The job demands a lot and stress can pile up on our minds, hearts and bodies. The benefits I received from practising Transcendental Meditation throughout most of my nursing career are many. Whether on a break at work, or at home after a shift, TM practice would restore my fatigued mind easily to a feeling of calm and my body to a deep level of relaxation, tensions dissolving away. Feeling restored, I was once again able to function from a level of fullness rather than feeling ‘used-up’.
Angela Absalom, Retired Nurse

AWAGO Impact Report

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