Sri Rajnath Singh visits Akshaya Patra Lucknow Kitchen

Sri Rajnath Singh, Honourable Minister of Home Affairs, Government of India visited The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s kitchen facility in Lucknow on Sunday, December 27, 2015. Sri Ashutosh Tandon, (MLA, Lucknow East), Mr Sharda Pratap Shukla, (MLA, Sarojini Nagar) in Lucknow shared the dais on the occasion.

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Akshaya Patra implements the mid-day meal programme in partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Government of India to benefit children studying in the Government schools.

Sri Rajnath Singh also took a tour of the kitchen where he witnessed operations of the centralised kitchen facility. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Rajnath Singh commended Akshaya Patra’s noble service to society in eradicating hunger by providing nutritious mid-day meal to lakhs of school children across the country and appreciated the efficiency in reaching out to more school children.

For more details on the news visit: http://www.akshayapatra.org/news/Honourable-Minister-of-Home-Affairs-Sri-Rajnath-Singh-visited-Lucknow-Kitchen

Idea Cellular Programme Conducted in Jaipur School

The UPS Sindhi Government School of Sanganer in Jaipur hosted an Idea Cellular Programme recently.

A team from Idea along with BEEO of Sanganer block participated in the programme. Mukul Khanna, Idea State Head was the chief guest of the occasion. Raghupati Dasa coordinated the event.

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Roti making machine at Akshaya Patra Kitchen in Jaipur

The programme was kicked off with a visit to the Akshaya Patra kitchen.  During the visit, the Idea team got a live experience of the different processes involved in the making of the mid-day meal.

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In the second half of the programme, the Idea team served mid-day meals to children in the UPS Sindhi School. In return, the students entertained their guests through various dance programmes.  The school children also got an opportunity to exhibit their writing skills through an essay competition titled ‘sharing to society.’ The programme held by the Akshaya Patra Jaipur concluded with prize and memento distribution.

You can read more about the program at http://www.akshayapatra.org/news/idea-cellular-programme-held-in-jaipur

Meet Jagdesh-the Selfless & Dedicated Mid-day Meal Volunteer

At first glance, Jagdesh, a beneficiary of the Akshaya Patra meals may look like any other 15-year-old student of the Padua Government High School in Mangaluru.

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But, in reality, he has a more important role in the school than his peers- he serves fresh and nutritious mid-day meals to everyone. Jagdesh is so generous that he will not think about himself till every student in the school is full.

From the interesting mid-day meal menu in Mangaluru, Jagdesh likes Pulao the most and couldn’t just stop while talking about it.   “It’s very tasty and the vegetables make me feel very healthy,” he said.

Jagdesh has won the hearts of all in the school including Francis D’cunha, Headmaster of the Padua High School. “He is well-mannered and a very respectful child. I see a good future for him and that’s primarily because of good attitude and behaviour,” D’cunha, said.

D’cunha found the Mid-day meal in Mangalore ‘a boon’ for students coming from rural areas: “The mid-day meal served by Akshaya Patra is good for nourishment and the students have become very strong and active,” he added later.

Jagdesh is one of the many beneficiaries of The Akshaya Patra Foundation who has motivated and set an example to his friends. Like him, the organisation has many more NGO children stories to share with you. Just wait and follow…

Akshaya Patra Wins ABP News Positive Award 2015

The Akshaya Patra Foundation has won the ABP News Positive Award 2015 for being a symbol of positive change in society. The organisation received the award in a ceremony conducted in New Delhi on 10 December.

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The ABP News Awards recognise the notable work individuals or organisations do for the welfare of the society.  The awards were presented in 11 different categories. From each section, five contestants were chosen for the final rounds. The finalists were then judged by a panel of five members.

The ABP News Positive Award 2015 was carried out mainly through three stages- inviting entries, compiling a list of top 50 entries and finally selecting winners by the jury.  While choosing the final winner, public voting was also taken into consideration.

To get the full coverage on the latest NGO news awards, tune into the ABP news channel at 7.p.m. on 19 December, 2015.

Spread Awareness with Our Banners

We need your support – stand with us, raise awareness about our programme and help us get more community support.

It’s very simple: download our material and use it to support the noble cause!

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How to get the material: You can download our posters directly from the website or can access our ads from other public websites.

In our website, we have displayed a variety of banners for you. Each Akshaya Patra banner has a different message to convey and also differs in design. Hand out the material to people in your area or display it in your locality.

It’s your choice!  Pick a banner and support our NGO. Your initiative can help us to feed a child.

Let’s Say ‘No’ to Child Labour

There is nothing worse than forcing a child to work and earn a living at a young age. Child labour, no doubt, closes doors of opportunities, fun and freedom to kids.  At a time meant to attend school, play or spend time with friends, thousands of children in India today find themselves trapped in hazardous working environments like mining, quarrying, agriculture or domestic service.

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It is shocking that approximately 168 million children, aged between five and 17, are employed in these kinds of occupations in different parts of the world.  Of these, nearly 15.5 million children, the majority being girls, work in domestic service.

There has been a huge global effort to end child labour, however according to UNICEF more than 100 million children will still continue to be engaged in child labour till 2020.

In India, several acts prohibiting employing children in mines, factories or any other hazardous fields have been introduced since independence.   The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act in 2009, made education free for underserved children.

Apart from these, efforts of several non-profit organisations like The Akshaya Patra Foundation have also helped bring change to children’s lives.

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Akshaya Patra, a NGO dedicated to underserved children since 2000, supplies freshly cooked mid-day meals to over 1.4 million children across 10 states in India.  Interestingly, the initiative taken by The Akshaya Patra Foundation has helped bring a notable decline in child labour. The Mid-Day Meal Programme has also helped boost school enrolment, classroom attendance and concentration in children.

Not surprisingly, only around 43.53 lakh children aged between five and 14 are employed today compared to the 1.26 crore working children in 2001.

However, thousands of children in India still miss out school and go to work at an early age. These children will grow up as uneducated and economically backward adults and will affect the nation’s progress and development.

To end classroom hunger and child labour in India, Akshaya Patra is planning to extend its feeding reach to 5 million by 2020.

A world without child labour is not very far away.  But, each one of us has to come forward to turn it into a reality.

 

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Click a Smile – Online Photo Contest

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  • Contest Name: Click a Smile
  • Description: ‘Click a Smile,’ the online photo contest organized by The Akshaya Patra Foundation. Take a picture and post picture of a smiling child or a group of happy children. Contestants of photo competition 2015 can submit up to three photographs clicked by them. The photographs can be either in color or in black and white.
  • Theme: Smiling child or a group of happy children
  • Copyright: Copyright for images remains with the respective entrants.
  • Usage rights: The Akshaya Patra Foundation has the right to use the images of all entries submitted for marketing & promotional purposes.
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Entry deadline: 22nd December, 2015
  • Who can enter: Open to all photographers worldwide.
  • Image Specifications: JPEG images less than 4 MB in size and should have a minimum resolution of 800 pixels.
  • Prizes: Trophy & Gift Voucher
  • Website link: http://www.akshayapatra.org/click-a-smile

Education For girls— we should stand!

All these years, we have been preaching about empowering our women and saving the girl child from the clutches of gender inequality. But in reality, have we succeeded in reaching our goal?

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It’s a reality- we need lots of improvement in several areas including education for girls and nutrition.

It is disturbing to know that still many families prefer boys over girls. Birth of a boy is considered as a blessing, while a girl child is often ignored. Many parents still hesitate to send their girl children to school and marry them off at an early age.

As per the Census in the year 2011, India has only 940 females for every 1000 males.  Female literacy rates have improved over the past 25 years. However, we still have long way to go to match the male literacy rate. Only 65.46% of our females, according to the Census in 2011, were literate compared to 80% of males.

Similarly, undernutrition affects females more than males in India. According to a UNICEF report, 36% of Indian women part of the NFHS-3 (National Health Survey) was chronically undernourished and 55 % were anaemic.  About 68 % of girl children from Bihar and Madhya Pradesh in the NFHS-3 were malnourished.

We already have several schemes to help improve lives of girl children in India, including the two programmes the Government launched in January this year: ‘Beti bachao, beti padhao’ and ‘Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY).’   Other schemes introduced for the welfare of our female population include ‘Nutrition programme for adolescent girls,’ and ‘The Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG) – Sabla.’

Like the Government, efforts by some NGOs like The Akshaya Patra Foundation have also given rays of hope in women and girl children across India.

Akshaya Patra’s nutritious mid-day meals have helped numerous girl children back to school.

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation has also given employment opportunities to rural women. The organisation’s decentralised kitchens are mainly run by Women Self-Help Groups (SHGs), mainly by mothers of children who are studying in the organisation’s beneficiary schools.  The employment at Akshaya Patra, no doubt, has given some kind of financial independence to these mothers.

It does seem days are getting better for the girl child, but our commitment to bridge the gap needs to be stronger and actions to bring changes much faster and then we can really see a nation where girls stand shoulder to shoulder with the boys very soon.

5 Reasons why you need to Fundraise with Akshaya Patra

Always wanted to try your hand at fundraising? Well here are 5 reasons you need to fundraise with Akshaya Patra!

  1. Improve child nutrition – The Akshaya Patra Foundation currently serves wholesome mid-day meals to over 1.4 million children across 10,845 Government schools in India every day. You can help us reach out to more.

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2.  Improve school enrolment and attendance – The mid-day meals have been proved to give children an incentive to attend school, thereby ensuring that more children are getting educated each year.

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3.  Avail tax exemption – You can contribute to Akshaya Patra and save on taxes too. With every donation above Rs. 500, avail 100 per cent tax exemption under section 35AC of the Indian Income Tax Act.

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4.  Transparency and accountability – Rest assured that you can rely on Akshaya Patra for absolute transparency and accountability. Akshaya Patra is also in the ICAI Hall of Fame for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

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5.  Have a great time – Fundraising with Akshaya Patra is a fun-filled experience. Start a campaign, coordinate with your friends, and have a blast for a good cause!

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So do you want to fundraise with us and don’t know from where to start? It’s very simple: you can use any of these fundraising ideas to support The Akshaya Patra Foundation:

  • Organising an event (sports event, home brunch) or a collection (in places like shopping centres or supermarkets)
  • Fundraising at schools, at work place or at home
  • Creating online fundraising campaigns of your own

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You can also refer to our website to get some more ideas. If you have any ideas other than these, you can also use them to raise funds, fundraise with us. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is happy to help you execute your own novel fundraising ideas by providing you with our branding guidelines, and the branding material you need. Are you still finding it difficult?

If yes, contact us at infodesk@akshayapatra.org. Our team is always ready to help and guide you!

 

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Support a Child and Avail 100% Income Tax Exemption

We’ve all been hungry before, but very few of us have had to go days between eating a complete meal. Millions of children across India experience debilitating hunger every day, and are forced to focus all their energy on simply earning enough money for a single meal. In a situation like this, children cannot even consider getting educated or enjoying their lives in any way.

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a top NGO in India, has been trying hard since the year 2000 to ensure that no child in India misses an opportunity to attend school due to hunger.  The freshly cooked nutritious meals served by the NGO have helped bring over a million children back to school. Today, over 1.4 million children in 10 states in India receive mid-day meals from Akshaya Patra. Apart from improving children’s nutritional status, the mid-day meals have helped improve school enrolment, classroom attendance, concentration levels and performance.

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The credit for the children’s improved nutrition and education goes primarily to people who make the charitable trust donation. In return, Akshaya Patra also gives some benefits to its well-wishers. A charitable trust donation of ₹500 or above, made to support Akshaya Patra’s Mid-Day Meal Programme gets you a 100% income tax exemption in India under Section 35 AC or 50% under section 80G of the Income Tax act.  Within 10 days of making the donation, the donor will receive an income tax exemption certificate from Akshaya Patra.

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As a next step, the organisation wants to feed 5 million children by 2020 and you can help it reach its goal. Support the programme generously with charitable trust donation and fulfil children’s dreams.