Through the mid-day meal, The Akshaya Patra Foundation even reaches out to children who are located in parts of the country where access to food and water are limited. Young Salim lives in Jaipur where his father owns a transport business, moving construction material and heavy equipment to neighbouring places. Salim has been working for his father from the tender age of five.
Now about 13 years old, Salim joined the school when he was 10 when he heard of the Akshaya Patra mid-day meals provided at the school. Because of the dry land, and limited access to water, there wasn’t too much cooking done in Salim’s house, to avoid washing the vessels later. As a result, Salim was clearly undernourished when he joined the school.
Today, after being a beneficiary of the tasty, nutritious mid-day meal, Salim has developed into a healthy young boy. He attends school regularly and aims to take over his father’s transportation business someday, so that his father can retire and enjoy his life.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation reaches out to 1.39 million children across 10,631 government schools in 22 locations of India, on every school day. By providing food for education every child in need, Akshaya Patra works hard to fulfill its mission that no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger. Through the support of its dedicated well-wishers, the Foundation hopes to achieve its mission of feeding five million children by 2020.
In order to achieve these goals, Akshaya Patra needs the help of every person capable of lending a hand. To pitch your support toward The Akshaya Patra Foundation, donate or volunteer with us, and watch the change unfold.