Biggest Challenge faced by a Charity

A non-profit organisation, popularly referred to as charity is an organisation that is not managed or owned by any government or government representative. It is a legal establishment that is privately constituted by a group of like-minded people with the objective to work for a cause related to social, environment, animal rights, health, education, and the like. Even though charities do not come under the ambit of government yet they are obliged to carry out their operations within mandatory rules and regulations. And, this holds good for any non-profit organisation despite its realm of service – local or nationwide. Charities are an important component of the nation’s progress and development. However, they also face challenges in terms of support from people and financial aid. This has stemmed mainly from the fact that a handful of organisations failed to adhere to the code of conduct of running a charity. When such dishonest conducts were revealed to the public, it created a sense of distrust towards charities. This negatively affected charities across the country even the genuine ones.

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Talking specifically, The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a Non-profit organisation in India implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme across the country. Working in a Public-Private Partnership model, this charity has been striving to beat the hunger children in government and government-aided schools thereby eliminating classroom hunger and supporting education since the past 18 years. Currently, Akshaya Patra is providing nutritious school meals to more than 1.76 million children in over 14,000 schools located in 39 locations of 12 states. To implement this Scheme, the Foundation runs both centralised and decentralised kitchens so that it can cover schools in urban, semi-urban, and rural areas of the country.

Akshaya Patra has been recognised as the world’s largest NGO operated school lunch programme. Along with providing regular school meals, the Foundation has also begun a skill development programme for its beneficiaries under the initiative ‘Giving Every Dream a Chance’. The NGO aims to provide overall development to children so that they grow up to be healthy, educated, skilled, and confident. However, it is not possible to achieve this aim without the support of the society. Hence, this UK Charity has provided a broad platform for people to get involved with their cause. Volunteering, CSR partnerships, donations, campaigning are some of the many ways one can choose to support and advocate the cause of Akshaya Patra. The NGO has also created a secure, easy, and fast way to contribute funds for the cause through online fundraising. Akshaya Patra acknowledges each and every penny being donated and hence it diligently maintains financial transparency by publishing audited financial reports every year as part of its Annual Report. Akshaya Patra has also carved its place in the Hall of Fame of ICAI by winning the Gold Shield Award for five consecutive years. As a Charity, Akshaya Patra too has faced challenges but has sailed through it by maintaining transparency about its services, operations, and financials with all its stakeholders – external and internal.

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Child NGO in India-The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Akshaya Patra is an NGO in India working for the cause of food and education of children. It implements the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in 40 locations of 12 states benefitting more than 1.76 million children on each school day. The NGO’s mission is to feed 5 million children by 2020.

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Traffic signals, food joints, bus stands and railway stations, pavements – if you have ever crossed any of the above, it wouldn’t be difficult for you to imagine children in tattered clothes trying to earn a living. It is such a common sight that we simply overlook and get ahead with our daily routine. But the fact is, it is an alarming condition that not only needs to be looked at but also worked on. It is important that we understand these children who are trying to earn a living are deprived of the basic rights to food and education. This means, they will grow up to be unhealthy, illiterate and unskilled; resulting in a generation that will be dependent on the resources of the country instead of being resourceful themselves – and the cycle of poverty-hunger-illiteracy will keep repeating itself.

Addressing this critical situation, the Government of India along with various NGOs have implemented many schemes and programmes such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Mid-Day Meal Scheme, and the like to support children from low socio-economic backgrounds. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one such NGO in India working for the upliftment and development of children. This NGO implements the Mid-Day Meal Scheme and supports education of children by providing freshly cooked nutritious meals in Government school and Government-aided schools. Akshaya Patra is one of the oldest mid-day meal NGOs with a service history of 18 years.
With a conscientious vision and mission of ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’, the Foundation began its journey in 2000. Since then, it has sustainably and strategically expanded its reach to benefit more and more children across the country. Presently, Akshaya Patra provides wholesome school lunch to 17,62,133 children studying in 14,702 schools. This meal acts as an incentive for parents to send their children to school instead of pushing them to the world of labour. The Mid-Day Meal Scheme has proved to be a potential intervention in eradicating classroom hunger, increasing enrollment and attendance, reducing drop-out rate, countering child labour, and upholding hopes and dreams of children. For many, school lunch is the only meal they get to eat for the whole day.

Support the efforts of Akshaya Patra. Donate for a child today and help the NGO to reach its goal of feeding 5 million children by 2020. Your contribution will tangibly change lives of millions of children in many positive ways. It will make them healthy, literate, and resourceful citizens of the nation in the near future.

What is the best way to make online donation in India?

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The current era is ruled by the internet and has become the way of life. It has not only made accessibility to information easier but also has brought the whole world in our palm tops. Right from shopping, booking tickets, to conducting businesses and financial transactions, everything gets done at a click of a button. Hence, even charitable organisations like Akshaya Patra also encourage contribution of online donation.

Way back in 1750, Benjamin Franklin in a letter to his mother wrote, “I would rather have it said, ‘He lived usefully, than, ‘He died rich’.” Very thoughtful indeed and it puts the reader to ponder on it too! The daily humdrum of life keeps us so engaged that we hardly spare a moment to think beyond ourselves and or meeting our personal needs and goals. We don not even realise when we get into the never-ending rat race and by the time we realise, it’s too late. Thus, it becomes important that we include some activity in our regular routine that will help us remain grounded. And, one of the ways is to support or volunteer for charitable organisations.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an Indian NGO for children that provides nutritious school meals to children studying in Government and Government-aided schools. It is one of the oldest NGO in India to implement the school lunch programme and has been recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school lunch programme. The Foundation provides meals to more than 1.76 million children in 14,314 schools across 39 locations of 12 states. Over the years, Akshaya Patra has garnered support from all sections of the society and acknowledges that this support is crucial to benefit more children. Hence, the NGO has provided a broad platform for all its supporters to engage with the cause.

Undeniably, finance is an important aspect of any NGO. Akshaya Patra provides an easy, safe, and secure platform for people to contribute NGO donations online. Though a donor can choose to donate through a cheque or a Demand Draft, the Foundation encourages online donations purely due to ease and security. Akshaya Patra carefully and diligently utilises the donations and on an average, 92% of the total cost is used towards meeting the programme cost and 8% towards the programme management cost. Akshaya Patra’s induction to ICAI’s Hall of Fame is a testimony of its transparency and credibility.

While you ensure daily school meals of children by contributing towards the cause, it benefits you too. your contribution towards Akshaya Patra is considered as tax deductible donations. This means any donation of above Rs. 500 to Akshaya Patra will be eligible for 50% tax exemption under Section 80G of Income Tax Act. This way your act of generosity has a double benefit – for the children and for you too.

Well as Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. But, we make a life by what we give.” So, let your generosity flow and touch young lives who have the zeal to learn but lacks in resources. Your one click can uphold innumerable hopes across the country.

Make your special days more memorable!

Special occasions are many! And, we celebrate each one with much fervor and joy. While we share these joys with our close ones, can we also share it with few young children who may be so to say strangers? Well, there are many children for whom food and school are the best gifts ever! And, as you buy handpicked gifts for your loved ones, do give it a thought for these children too.

Celebrations are an important aspect of our lives. Aside from the main festivals that the whole country or the whole world celebrates, there are many personal occasions that are close to our hearts and we celebrate it with much excitement and joy. Each of us have so many special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, house warming etc. that if we really give it a thought there are innumerable reasons to celebrate. And, we celebrate these special occasions in many ways – get-togethers, exchanging gifts, going on holidays, and the like. But, did you know there are some of us who celebrate their special occasion with Akshaya Patra, an NGO for children?

NGOs work for various causes that directly impacts and uplifts the society and its residents making it a better place. From focussing on environmental causes, animal rights, child development, women empowerment, human rights, hunger and poverty, education, and more, NGOs touch upon all aspects of development and preservation. Despite different causes, the purpose of NGOs across all sectors remain same i.e. ‘to bring a positive and sustainable change in the immediate society and the world at large.’ Similarly, The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one of the pioneer NGOs to implement the Mid-Day Meal Programme with the vision ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’. It was established in 2000 and is headquartered in Bengaluru with active operations in 39 locations of 12 states in India. The Foundation provides freshly cooked, wholesome, and locally palatable school meals to 17,61,734 children studying in 14,314 Government schools and Government-aided schools.

With the objective to benefit more children, Akshaya Patra encourages people to extend support for the cause. It has provided a broad platform for engagement, one of them being ‘celebrate special occasion’. Yes, you can choose to share your joy of celebrating special occasions by supporting beneficiaries of Akshaya Patra, just like some generous supporters who have already included children to celebrate joys and show respect and honour to their loved ones:

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Mr. “For me, charity means sharing with my fellow human beings. I had once heard  Narayan Murthy talking about Akshaya Patra and its functioning. I liked the concept and hence got engaged with the NGO. I will keep donating a minimum of 10% of my salary to Akshaya Patra on special occasions such as on birthdays of my wife and sons, wedding anniversary of my parents and the like.” – Manoj Kumar, Marine Pilot, Reliance Port and Jamnagar Terminal Ltd., Sikka, Gujarat.

  • “I was totally satisfied, both with the method of disbursement and the target population. Instead of spending money on yearly rituals of my parents’ Death Anniversary, I donate the amount to Akshaya Patra. Money spent on God’s children should please the God anyway.” – Satyajit Chakraborty, Executive Director, Boiler Company, Kolkata.

In conclusion, offering charity is also a way of celebrating special days. It not only helps the needy but also brings goodwill to the giver. So, make your special days more memorable by choosing to donate to Akshaya Patra. And, as they say, ‘A joy shared is a joy doubled.’

Celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights with Akshaya Patra

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Diwali or Deepavali, a festival of light is celebrated across India with much joy and vigour. From lighting diyas, decorating houses and offices, offering prayers, distributing gifts and sweets, get-togethers, and fireworks, Diwali is one of those festivals which the whole country waits for eagerly. There are different historical events that marks the significance of Deepavali celebration. For instance, in Hindu sect, Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Hanuman to Ayodhya after a 14-year period of exile during which Rama’s army defeated demon king Ravana’s army of evil. Some also view this day as Lord Krishna defeating and destroying the evil demon king Narakasura. Some also offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi for prosperity and wealth, Goddess Saraswati for light of knowledge and wealth management, and Goddess Kali who symbolises victory of good over evil. Among the Sikh, Diwali is observed to celebrate the arrival of Guru Hargobind at the Golden Temple in Amritsar after being released from the Mughal Emperor Jahangir’s Gwalior Fort prison. The Jains celebrate Diwali to mark the attainment of final nirvana of Mahavira. The belief could be any, but the symbolic cord that runs across each of them is victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.

 

Upholding the real significance of Diwali, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a non-profit organisation in India offers a platform for the society to include a charitable act in their celebrations. Akshaya Patra implements the Mid-Day Meal Scheme across 12 states of India. Through this programme, the NGO provides freshly cooked wholesome meals to more than 1.76 million children in more than 14,000 Government and Government-aided schools. The NGO has been in the service of children for the past 18 years and steers its efforts to ensure ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’.

 

Over the years, several impact studies have revealed that the mid-day meals have positively contributed to the health of children, better academic performance, increase in school enrolment and regular attendance, and reduced school drop-out rate. These meals are much-needed by the children since most of them hail from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. But, the beauty in these children is, none of them let the current hurdles deter them from their determination of achieve better and bigger in life. Each of these children have high goals in life and the only thing that can help them achieve is nutritious meals and rightful education. This Diwali, donate to Akshaya Patra and spread the goodness of health, education, and knowledge.

 

This Diwali, let the spirit of joy and prosperity be a part of every child’s life!

Social responsibility of NGO’s in India

 

Social responsibility of Ngo

NGOs play a crucial role in the upliftment of the society. These organisations work for various causes and aim at bringing about sustainable change in the immediate society and the whole world. Akshaya Patra is one such NGO in India that focusses its activities on supporting education of children by providing nutritious meals.

Non-governmental organisations or NGOs are legally constituted private organisations that are not managed or owned by the government or government representatives. However, their sphere of work is in some way or the other an extension of government’s goals and objectives pertaining to the progress of the country. These organisations also directly or indirectly work in association with larger organisations like the UN, UNESCO, WHO, etc. NGOs work at all levels – local, national, international, and their services encompass a wide range of causes such as health, education, environment, animal rights, and more. But, the vision of all NGOs resonates each other i.e. upliftment of the entire society by ensuring social welfare, and preservation of environment and nature.

 

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one such NGO in India working for health and education of children. The Foundation implements the Mid-Day Meal Scheme and provides daily school meals to more than 1.76 million children across 12 states of India. It has been recognised and appreciated in several national and international platforms. It has also been recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programme. The NGO vision of Akshaya Patra is “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.” This vision is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Zero Hunger and Quality Education. Aside from providing nutritious meals to school children, the Foundation has also taken the step to hone the skills of its beneficiaries with its initiative – Giving Every Dream A Chance’. Akshaya Patra strives to address the issue of hunger and illiteracy right from the grass root level. Hence, it provides healthy meals to children, expecting women and lactating mothers in 4,786 Anganwadi centres in nine locations spread across five states of India.

As an NGO in India, Akshaya Patra is cognisant of the fact that real social welfare can be achieved only when all the citizens are healthy, educated, and self-dependent. Hence, it is striving to provide a strong foundation for children so that it creates generations of independent and resourceful individuals. This, in turn, will aid in social and economic progress of the whole country.

In conclusion, the work of all NGOs results in an inclusive overhaul of the entire society lifting it up by manifolds in a sustainable and positive manner. Thus, as citizens, we too must take up the responsibility to support these organisations with our time, skill, and finance. Begin a ripple of positive change; support NGO in India.

Celebrate Daan Utsav 2018 by giving food to children

The joy of giving is much more than the joy of receiving. Daan Utsav is a festival of giving and it gives an opportunity to every one to contribute to the needy in some way or the other. Akshaya Patra too observes the Daan Utsav with the anticipation that numerous children will be benefitted with acts of generosity.

Daan Utsav

Somebody has rightly said, “Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.” And, this totally resonates with Daan Utsav. Previously known as the Joy of Giving Week, the Daan Utsav is considered as the ‘festival of philanthropy’. It was launched in 2009 and is observed annually in India during the week of Gandhi Jayanti i.e. from 2 October to 8 October.  Daan Utsav gives each and every one of us, from all sections of the society, an opportunity to do something good for our fellow citizens. The significance of this giving week is it engages and encourages people to imbibe the ‘act of giving’ by contributing money, time, skill or resources with the ones who are less privileged.

The Joy of Giving Week is celebrated with much enthusiasm by all sectors and sections of people – Government organisations and institutions, corporates, NGOs, schools and colleges, and the general public. It is an initiative aimed at creating awareness regarding various needs of the society, garnering support to tackle these issues, and bringing about a sustainable change. With the same spirit, The Akshaya Patra Foundation observes this giving week to generate maximum support for its beneficiaries – the children.

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Akshaya Patra is an Indian NGO implementing the Government Mid-Day Meal Scheme across 12 states of the country. It provides nutritious school meals to more than 1.76 million children, on each school day throughout the year. And, most of these children hail from such low socio-economic backgrounds for whom to receive even a single meal is a big struggle. It has been observed that the school meal has played a crucial role for these children in ensuring that they receive at least one meal per day. This meal has opened the gates of school for millions of children thereby saving them from entering the world of child labour. Akshaya Patra understands this critical situation and thus strives to provide nutritious meals on each school day. By doing so, the NGO is instilling a sense of joy, confidence, and hope among little children of India. These children are being nourished with healthy food and nurtured with education each day thereby preparing them to be assets of the country in the near future.

This Daan Utsav, choose to dedicate your ‘act of giving’ for Akshaya Patra’s little children. be the source of hope for children who have the zeal to learn and achieve but are seeking for a little help. When you donate on Daan Utsav, you ensure the much-needed daily meals of the children, you help the NGO to increase productivity of its kitchen units and thereby allow it to feed more children who are still waiting for the opportunity to attend school. This Daan Utsav, let your generosity flow to provide ‘unlimited food for education’.

How Goodwill Ambassadors make an impact on NGO?

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Goodwill Ambassador, as the term suggests, is a person who advocates for a specific organisation or cause. They are mostly associated with causes or fields that promote welfare and development of the community at large.

Many NGOs – national and international – appoint Goodwill Ambassadors as a means to spread awareness and gather support for their respective causes. The work spheres of the appointed Goodwill Ambassadors are generally related to the cause of the NGOs or they genuinely feel for the cause. For example: if an NGO caters to the development of sports among not-so-privileged children then they will appoint a popular sportsman of the country as their Goodwill Ambassador.

Similarly, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a mid-day meal charity in India has appointed Goodwill Ambassadors to promote their cause of supporting education of children by providing school lunch. Here is a list of Ambassadors who are supporting Akshaya Patra by spreading awareness and getting involved with the Foundation’s cause:

Sanjeev-Kapoor

Sanjeev Kapoor – A celebrity Chef and Entrepreneur, Sanjeev Kapoor has been closely associated with Akshaya Patra. He has not only helped in raising funds during his visit to the US, but also participated and supervised cooking of 918 kgs of khichdi along with Akshaya Patra to set the world record.

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Divya Sathyaraj – A professional nutritionist, Divya Sathyaraj has immense experience in working with children to improve their nutritional levels. She has also worked with children in refugee camps and has been associated with many NGOs.

Chef-Ramasamy-Selavaraju

Chef Ramasamy Selavaraju – Chef Ramasamy Selvaraju of Vivanta By Taj, Bengaluru, is a celebrated name in the world of culinary. He has been associated with Akshaya Patra for the past four years and have mentored seven ambitious beneficiaries of the NGO who dreams to make it big in the culinary world.

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Shankar Mahadevan – A reputed composer and playback singer had composed a song to mark the Foundation’s one billionth meal celebration.

Impact of Goodwill Ambassadors

Be it a top NGO like Akshaya Patra or any other NGO, Goodwill Ambassadors potentially increase the NGO’s connectivity with the audience. In many ways, they amplify the role of NGOs by affirming that despite diversity in the nature of work, each NGO constructively contribute to the upliftment of the society. Depending on the popularity, people start associating a charity with the Goodwill Ambassador. Thus, Goodwill Ambassadors help charities gain visibility, reliability, and support for their respective causes.

Hunger Action Month – A Campaign to Fight Hunger

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread” – Mahatma Gandhi.

Fortunately, most of us do not have to think about where our meal will come from. Either it will be prepared at home or we can order a sumptuous meal at the click of a button. But, there are many who are not privileged even to get even a square meal per day. And, the number of such people are as high as 815 million, globally. Yes, hunger is an epidemic that has spread across almost all parts of the world. And, with 190.7 million people who suffer from hunger each day, India is home to 1/3rd of world’s hungry population. This is where food providing NGO role in India becomes extremely significant.

Hunger Action Month

Hunger action month

The month of September is observed as a Hunger Action Month across many countries. The origin of it dates back to 2008 when Feeding America, a United States-based non-profit hunger relief organisation, felt the need of a nationwide participation to deal with the hunger crisis. Since then, Hunger Action Month is observed annually with the aim to spread awareness and act to end hunger. This month-long campaign is a platform for the entire community to work together and ensure access to food for needy people. 

And, the best part is, hunger is a solvable problem!

How hunger affects sustainable development

Food is the basic need for survival for any living being. It provides the required energy to do all activities – physical and cognitive. When the stomach is empty, the only thought that clouds the head and heart is, food! In general, hunger leads to low immunity, deprived health, malnourishment, and delayed growth and development.

Hence, as an intervention several NGOs have taken up food as the core cause of their service, and The Akshaya Patra Foundation, an NGO for children in India is one among them. Akshaya Patra has been in the service of providing nutritious meals to children since 2000. It implements the Mid-Day Meal Scheme across 12 states of the country and strives to eliminate classroom hunger to support education. Akshaya Patra’s cause is in sync with two Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations i.e. Zero Hunger and Quality Education. Classroom hunger leads to:

  • Lack of energy
  • Lack of concentration
  • Low levels of learning
  • Low academic performance
  • Lack of interest in school activities

Inferencing from the above-mentioned, it becomes evident that hunger poses as a major hurdle in sustainable development and progress of a country and the global community as a whole.

How can Hunger Action Month aid in improving Global Hunger Index

Global Hunger Index is a multidimensional statistical tool to measure the hunger status of countries across the world. The scores on this scale indicates the progress and failures in the fight against hunger globally. Remaining specific to India,

India ranks 100 among 119 countries in Global Hunger Index 2017. It has been categorised under the ‘serious’ range.

But, Hunger Action Month gives an opportunity to improve the hunger scores at a global level and at a national level. As a food-based NGO for children, Akshaya Patra campaigns for Hunger Action Month annually and urges supporters to generously participate in the campaign with the sole intention of creating a sustainable solution for hunger. When children are well-nourished and well-educated, they will grow up to be healthy, skilled, and resourceful citizens. Such citizens not only add prosperity to the family but also to the entire nation. Thus, there is a direct correlation between number of resourceful citizens and hunger index.

Conclusion

As a wrap, it is important to note that hunger is the number one cause of death in the world. This crisis can be dealt effectively only when the entire community actively gets involved to fight against the epidemic called hunger. 

This September, donate to end hunger. Your donation will enable Akshaya Patra to feed more children thereby increasing its present reach of 1.76 million children. You have the power to end hunger, use it by supporting school meals of children.

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one” – Mother Teresa.

NGO in Lucknow, its Kitchen and mid-day meal

The Mid-Day Meal Scheme is an initiative of the Government of India to provide nutritious school lunch to children of government schools and government-aided schools across the country. Over the years, this Scheme has proved itself to be a supporting pillar in the success of education-related initiatives too.

NGO in Lucknow

Studies show that mid-day meal has had a positive impact in increasing enrolment, attendance, and performance of children. It has also played a major role in reducing drop-out rate among children. To amplify this impact, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a mid-day meal NGO has been sustainably expanding its operations and strategically increasing its beneficiary base so that more and more children can be benefitted. It began providing mid-day meal in Uttar Pradesh by establishing a centralised kitchen in Vrindavan in August 2004.

Akshaya Patra has two centralised kitchens in the state – Lucknow and Vrindavan. On each school day, it provides freshly cooked, locally palatable, nutritious meals to more than 2-lakh children in Uttar Pradesh. The below table shows the location-wise reach of Akshaya Patra in Uttar Pradesh:

Akshaya Patra in Uttar Pradesh

Akshaya Patra meticulously designs its meal menu to suit the local taste while keeping the recommended nutrition levels intact so that children readily consume the meal and gets nourished appropriately. So, as an NGO in Lucknow and Vrindavan, Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal menu consists of items such as plain rice, black chana pulao, vegetable pulao, roti, mixed dal, bottle gourd chana dal, palak dal, mix vegetable curry with soya chunk, aloo matar, aloo desi chana sabji, aloo rajma, raitha, and kheer.

Impact of the meal

Archana - Akshaya Patra Beneficiary

Archana, a Standard VI student of Salempur-Pataura Primary School in Kakori, Lucknow, has become an inspiration for many at a very early age. An ardent athlete, her tryst with track-and-field began when she was in Standard III. Her Physical Education teacher has supported her and motivated her to keep improving in her talent.

Over the past years, Archana has won many medals and trophies in various field events, and the most celebrated among them are her gold medals in long jump, 100m, 200m, and 400m sprint. She says fitness and health is primary when she is training and practicing and hence she eagerly waits for Akshaya Patra meals because this meal provides her with the required nutrition. She looks up to P.T. Usha as her idol and the children of her school, her village, and neighbouring villages looks up to her as their idol. Archana aspires to serve the nation by joining the Police Force. And, believes that her sports background will be an added advantage in attaining her goal.

Archana is just one among the 2-lakh beneficiaries of the NGO in Lucknow who is gradually stepping towards her dream for the simple reason that she has got the opportunity to attend school and is receiving healthy meals every day. Now, imagine the effect and transformation among children when each of them is supported with mid-day meals!

Support school meals and get tax benefits

Join the efforts of Akshaya Patra in providing mid-day meals to children. Your donation will have a dual benefit – first, it will support education of children by providing them with nutritious school meals; second, your contribution will be considered as tax deductible donations. So, use this opportunity to benefit children in need and get yourself exempted from tax too. Donate now!