What is the NGO all about? What does it do? Is it making a difference? How is it using funds in what it does? Why is it doing, what it does? Can it be trusted? These are a few of the palpable questions in one’s mind before making decision to act upon supporting a NGO.
As Akshaya Patra, as a world renowned NGO, what is the impact we are generating to make people act and help it make a change? What is our identity? It says we run the world largest NGO-run mid-day meal programme. The answer itself gives birth to many more questions which need to be answered. Are we building a personal connect with the people? When we say we are feeding millions of children in an effort to eliminate classroom hunger. When we say we nourish minds and nurture dreams. When we say we provide unlimited food for education. Are those enough to paint a real picture?
Questions need to be answered at the right time with the right information so the organisation stands out amongst other. Many people support because they connect with the work Akshaya Patra does. Helping children every day with nutritious food, yes! It builds that connection with many people. But there are others who look in for more before they decide to lend a hand. Some try to find out what’s in for them. One may say,
“Yes! I am making a difference in children’s lives for the better is good enough for me.”
Or the fact that one get 100% tax exemption when one makes a donation above rs.500 make a positive impact to react. Or issues The Akshaya Patra Foundation is constantly trying to mitigate make one extend a helping hand. Some people asked about how the funds are spent, and Akshaya Patra has proper and unadulterated answers which make people get a clear picture. That does make a good impression. Akshaya Patra is the only NGO to be inducted in the ICAI Hall of Fame for winning the Gold Shield Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting five years in a row. That shows the commitment the organisation has on being transparent.
Akshaya Patra as an NGO in India needs to answer any and every questions related to its work and cause because that is what will drive people to connect and contribute to the organisation.
Akshaya Patra in Bangalore serves as headquarters of The Akshaya Patra Foundation in India. The organisation runs the mid-day meal programme, providing nutritious food to children in Government and Government aided schools. The programme got initiated in Bangalore, Karnataka and later expanded to several other locations in the state as well as other locations in India.
Akshaya Patra serves mid day meal in Karnataka at six locations. It has two kitchens in Bengaluru (HK Hill and Vasanthapura). In other parts of the state there are one kitchen each in Ballari, Hubballi, Mangaluru and Mysuru. All these kitchens are centralised and provide for 463,682 children across 2,629 schools every day.
The centralised kitchen at HK Hill kitchen is the very first kitchen of Akshaya Patra Bangalore, opened in 2000, and the other kitchens followed in quick succession. The menu of the mid day meal in this region has been modified to suit the taste of South Indian. The menu has rice, rasam (a South Indian soup), dal(lentil curry), sambar (lentil based vegetable stew) and vegetable dishes.
Equipped with rice cauldrons and sambar cauldrons the kitchens prepare nutritious food to be delivered on time to all the beneficiary schools every day. The rice cauldron usually has the capacity of at least 500 litres and sambar cauldron the capacity to cook 1,200 litres to 3,000 litres of sambar.
A standard process for preparing the mid-day meal in Karnataka has been followed meticulously by all the kitchens. This process is to ensure hygiene and quality of the cooked meal. Adherence to the food safety standards is maintained at all times in all the kitchens Akshaya Patra operates.
The successfully implementation of the programme can be measured by the magnitude of the operations and the numbers of children Akshaya Patra is feeding every day in India. The organisation provides food for education to 1.4 million children from 24 locations in 10 states across India. With the vision that no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger Akshaya Patra moves towards achieving its mission of feeding 5 million children by 2020. From Akshaya Patra Bangalore, It’s Akshaya Patra India now.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation provides mid-day meal to millions of children through its kitchens in 24 locations and 10 states in India. The cooking process is conducted in two kinds of kitchen unit: Centralised kitchen and decentralised kitchen. These Akshaya Patra Kitchens have adopted Six Sigma Methodologies.
The centralised kitchens of Akshaya Patra are large kitchen units that generally have the capacity to cook up to 100,000 meals. These kitchens serve a number of schools located around the unit. To ensure hygiene and safety these kitchen are automated. Akshaya Patra decentralised kitchens are the ideal solution to cook and serve children in locations with difficult geographical terrain and improper road connectivity. The Women Self-Help Groups (SHGs) under the regulation and supervision of The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s kitchen process and operations module run these decentralised kitchens.
All kitchens run by The Akshaya Patra Foundation follow a planned menu. The Akshaya Patra centralised kitchens are equipped with cauldrons, trolleys, rice chutes, dal/sambar tanks, cutting boards, knives and other similar equipment. The menu caters to the specific locale palates of the regions where food is served. The kitchens in North India are equipped with rice cauldrons and dal cauldrons. As roti is an integral part of the North Indian meal, the kitchens are equipped with roti making machines. The kitchens in South India are equipped with rice and sambar cauldrons.
Several measures, rules and regulations and standard procedures are meticulously observed continuously to ensure that children get the best food every day. There are quality assurance procedures during procurement of raw materials, standards in Storage, Handling, Preservation of raw materials, rules and regulations to ensure quality and safety during cooking, standards measures in food packing and transportation, steps in delivery and post-delivery and continual improvement methods.
The objective of The Akshaya Patra Foundation is to provide nutritious mid-day meal to all the beneficiary children every day on time without fail. That is the foremost priority as Akshaya Patra strives towards achieving its mission of feeding 5 million children by 2020.
When you get involved with our cause only then we can sustain and end classroom hunger altogether from India. The Akshaya Patra Foundation as a NGO needs support and contribution to keep running the mid-day meal programme. And you can do from the comfort of your own home, or anywhere else on your own time as you wishes and want!
Sharing a few ideas to make a head start, you can organise a social gathering. We all are aware that entertainment attracts the most. It is also effective and a fun thing to do to raise fund. You and your friends can have a fabulous evening catching up and sharing stories. Taking the opportunity you can ask for them to donate for the cause of course after share what the cause is all about. No matter how much is the collection it matters a lot to the children who are the beneficiaries of Akshaya Patra. Every bit will go in providing nutritious meals to millions of children.
A sporting event is super fun too! You can bring up good healthy competitions by organising a sports event. With a nominal entry fee to have fun with a range of solo and team sporting competitions like relay, long jump, cricket and football matches and more, you can get a collection to contribute later to Akshaya Patra. You get to have a healthy event with your friends and close ones and also make a lump sum to donate to a cause.
If you don’t prefer outdoor events, there indoor games too! It can be just as fun as outdoor games. Organise a faceoff with your friends over some indoor tournaments like board games, chess, scrabble, jenga and more. You can charge for entry and refreshments. The funds you collect can go to helping the children.
There are many other ways to organize cool events and make a collection to contribute. You can have fun events at schools to raise fund for The Akshaya Patra Foundation. You can create cool merchandise and sell for a small amount or you can throw summer party during holidays or a fundraising sports day. Bake and sell can be exciting too! Sky is limit to getting creative and doing your bit to help a foundation like Akshaya Patra which is providing 1.4 million children with nutritious mid-day meal every school day. So, get creative for a cause!
The Akshaya Patra Foundation being an NGO implementing the world’s largest mid-day meal programme is in constant need of support and contribution to sustain and expand its programme. Though the vision and mission of Akshaya Patra are imbibed into each individuals working with and for the cause of eliminating classroom hunger from India; the magnitude of the operation demands a huge resource and constant challenges creep up along the road to progress. Akshaya Patra looks up to several supporters, donors and well-wishers to help in running and expanding the programme.
One significant option is fundraising with and for Akshaya Patra. It’s a fulfilling action for individuals who wish to do something and change the lives of children for the better. The organisation is always ready to support anyone who wants to fundraise at home, at school or at workor who wants to organise an event or a collection.
Akshaya Patra offers many fundraise with us options and the opportunity to come up with unique ideas for fundraising. Several kinds of communication materials and collaterals are readily available to enable the process. Round the clock assistance is just a mail or a call away.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation believes that fundraising is a really effective way to help contribute towards the mid-day meal programme. It raises awareness about Food for Education, and provides support and information to anyone is looking for it. Each event meets many purposes apart from just raising funds. It also gives one the opportunity to become a role model.
Such fundraising events normally cause a ripple effect, which Akshaya Patra needs to fulfil its mission and in the near future.
Classroom hunger is a problem that affects the entire nation. One third of the world’s undernourished children are from India. Without proper food and education, children can never grow up to be better people.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation needs ardent support and contribution from people who understand that without smart and healthy children there is no better future. And what needs to be done to ensure that the future is bright has been done now.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation, as it expands and grows needs to develop itself as a good storyteller. Why you may ask? The answer is Akshaya Patra is an NGO working with many stakeholders. Trustees, advisors, donors, philanthropists, corporates, well-wishers, Government of India and the State Governments, general public, teachers and most important children are parts of what make Akshaya Patra. The onus to share and build trust, to get support by being transparent about the organisation lies with the organisation. Keeping up with new trends and making content and creative exciting have brought good results besides generating awareness. It has won accolades and awards for the Akshaya Patra.
Recently The Akshaya Patra Foundation won Silver in the Summit Creative Awards (SCA) 2015 for its Annual Report 2013-14. It’s for the third consecutive time Akshaya Patra has won silver. Moreover this year Akshaya Patra received Gold for a film called ‘The Possibilities’ which projects the essence and importance of the core activity of the organisation at SCA. The award is to honour small and medium sized agencies for their contributions to advertising.
The entries are judged by experts who evaluated one against others in their category. This makes it a though competition, where the winner truly stands out.
This award is one of the achievements The Akshaya Patra Foundation has been honoured with. Without good communication principles and plan it’s not achievable. The idea is to use facts and figures as the real content accentuated by creative presentation that makes it appealing to the audience.
As the organisation strives hard to expand and feed more children, the need to educate and inform the people is of utmost importance to garner support to sustain and achieve its goal. The determination and commitment to generate healthy communication have resulted in major achievements besides bringing the desired intent of bringing awareness and the support needed for Akshaya Patra to keep working towards its mission of feeding 5 million children by 2020.
There has been no looking back for The Akshaya Patra Foundation since 2000, the year it began its journey in the service of children by providing mid-day meal. Akshaya Patra started the meal programme by feeding jut 1,500 children in five schools of Bangalore. During the course of time it realised that need to extend this programme to many more locations too so that children across the country can get benefitted through this programme. Working with the Government of India and employing the Public-Private Partnership model of functioning Akshaya Patra gradually started spreading its wings beyond its first location Bangalore.
Akshaya Patra began introducing its kitchen in other parts of Karnataka. Slowly, with the invitation of other State Governments and philanthropic mission of various corporates and organisations the Foundation elaborated its expansion map to other states of India. The overwhelming support from the Government of India along with steady support from donors allowed Akshaya Patra to move on a continuous growth path. A recent and significant development came by as Akshaya Patra signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra Government and the Tata Trust to assist in the project of setting up of a centralised kitchen in Maharashtra. This project aims at providing wholesome meal at Ashram-shalas. The pilot projects are set to launch in two locations of Maharashtra – Mundhegaon in Nashik and Kambalgaon in Palghar on 1st August and 15th August respectively.
Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis said that the centralised kitchen will help in providing wholesome food at Ashram-Shalas that are run by Tribal Development Department and NGOs. Going forward the project will be launched in a large scale from December 15 covering the entire state of Maharashtra and especially areas where there is prevalence of malnutrition. Ratan Tata, Tata Chairman Emeritus was also present at the occasion.
Akshaya Patra works with the Government and the private sector in ensuring that every child receives their share of a nutritious meal every day.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation, NGO in India has implemented the mid-day meal scheme to feed the future of India. The organization is feeding the government school children of 24 locations across 10 states in India.