Support a child on Diwali

Diwali is one of the biggest festivals celebrated across India. Met with great anticipation in the month of October, families and friends gather throughout the country to partake in the festivities. The festival which signifies a triumph of good versus evil, and light over dark is enjoyed through parties, the exchange of gifts and the lighting of lamps and fire crackers.



The festival is of such great importance that every year crores of rupees are spent purchasing gifts, firecrackers and food to celebrate. However, in contrast to all the pomp and splendour of the occasion, millions of children in India spend the festival hungry, with no access to their basic nutritional requirements. As a result of this hunger they have to take up child labour at the cost of the free and compulsory education afforded to them by the Government of India.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation tries to provide food for education to every child in need through its mid-day meal programme. Currently feeding over 1.4 million children across India on every school day, the Foundation aims to reach 5 million children by 2020.

On the occasion of this festival, The Akshaya Patra Foundation has a way to make your Diwali even more special. By making a donation to the organisation you can help provide nutrition to an underprivileged child and help send him/her to school to get educated. Donate to commemorate this special occasion with your family and friends, and make your Diwali more auspicious and brighter than before.

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Celebrate Daan Utsav with Akshaya Patra

Joy Of Giving 2014

Daan Utsav or the Joy of Giving Week as it was previously known, is celebrated between the 2nd and 8th of October every year in India. This is a time when the entire country comes together to support philanthropic causes and provide support to the less privileged members of society.

Daan Utsav is a very important time for NGOs all over the country as it gives them a platform to reach out to millions of people, and gain involvement for a myriad of worthy causes. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one such NGO that has the potential to make a huge impact on the lives of underprivileged children during Daan Utsav. Akshaya Patra, which reaches out to over 1.4 million children on every school day with the mid-day meal, works to eliminate classroom hunger in India.

Daan Utsav sees the whole hearted involvement of the public across age groups, occupations and cultures in donating to those in need, either monetarily or through volunteering time and skills. This Daan Utsav help change the course of a child’s life by donating to The Akshaya Patra Foundation. Make a donation in either cash or kind (food grains etc.), adopt a school, donate a vehicle, volunteer at a school, teach a skill, or anything else that you would like to do, and support a child in fulfilling his/her dreams.

There are many ways to help the Akshaya Patra beneficiaries this Daan Utsav, and even help the Foundation reach out to more children. All you need to do is get involved.

If you have more ideas on how to partner with The Akshaya Patra Foundation this Daan Utsav, email in at

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