School Admission Time for the Beneficiaries of Akshaya Patra (Part-2)

In the first part, we have seen how Akshaya Patra improvises the quality and excellence of its kitchens for welcoming its beneficiary children after the vacations. This non-profit organisation in India is striving hard to provide nutritious mid-day meals to children in Government schools.

The burning problem in India is hunger and illiteracy among school children.  Most of the children studying in Government schools hail from low income families, who do not have provision for a proper meal a day. A hungry child becomes unhealthy, less attentive and hence a poor learner.  The child might be a drop-out and start searching for his own food ending up as a child labourer.

Alarmingly, National Census 2011 reveals that in India there are 10.12 million child labourers aged 5 to 14.  In the backdrop of food insecurity, a child can never concentrate in class. Realizing the issue, Akshaya Patra serves unlimited food for education to school children, so that hunger won’t be a restraint in their path to education. If the problem of hunger and malnourishment are solved, children can concentrate in studies.

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In the recent years, it has been witnessed that mid-day meals attracts children in coming to school. Its benefits extend beyond class rooms, making children healthy by boosting their energy, breaking poverty in households, serving as an investment for the future of a child making him/her educated and literate. For most of the children it would be the only nutritious meal in a day. Thus, micronutrient deficiencies that cause severe health problems are solved. It can also be considered as a bonus that will help children to stay at school so that the enrolment and attendance are increased in schools and hence paving the paths of progress, development and success of the nation.

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Education plays an important role in the life of a child.  It is education that moulds an illiterate child into an enlightened individual. So, this non-profit organisation in India, feeds the children with mid-day meals to keep hunger at bay and help them to lead a progressive future. Thus, solving the problems related to health, education and child labour.

Akshaya Patra reaches out to 1.5 million children in 24 locations across 10 states of India. Here is a brief survey of the states Akshaya Patra is serving mid-day meals in

  • Andhra Pradesh, 28051 children are served across 109 schools
  • Assam, 53649 children are served across 592 schools.
  • Chhattisgarh, 23647 children are served across 160 schools.
  • Gujarat, 400158 children are served across 1653 schools.
  • Karnataka, 463682 children are served across 26289 schools.
  • Odisha, 125242 children are served across 1461 schools.
  • Rajasthan 135910 students are served across 1830 schools.
  • Tamil Nadu 718 students are served.
  • Telangana, 54849 students across 454 schools and
  • Uttar Pradesh, 150663 students across 1983 schools.

The organisation is striving tirelessly to spread its roots across to other states in India.  As responsible citizens of society, let us join hands to solve the problem of hunger which is an obstacle in a child’s progressive life. It is our social responsibility to see that no child becomes a labourer for the want of food and be malnourished for dearth of food. It is our duty to ensure that students will not be drop-outs for food.

Let us be part of Akshaya Patra in serving unlimited food for education by giving donation for the NGO. Every donation of Rs 500 or above is eligible for 100% tax exemption benefits. Within ten days of making the donation, tax receipts can be expected. It takes only Rs.750 to feed a child for a year!

Read the previous blog on School Admission Time for the Beneficiaries of Akshaya Patra

School Admission Time for the Beneficiaries of Akshaya Patra

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The schools are reopening after the summer vacation. The children are filled with hopes for a new beginning and a new start and they dream to remain in the class rooms if circumstances are favourable. The parents of children from low economic backgrounds in Government schools find it a challenge in sending their children to schools. Most of them cannot afford to give their children a proper meal a day and as a result educating their children remains a distant dream. For them, feeding their children is of utmost importance than educating them.  As a result, education tends to be secondary. So, NGOs in India, like Akshaya Patra takes up the responsibility of feeding children in Government schools in partnership with the Government of India. The organisation works to make sure hunger won’t remain a constraint for children to come to schools.

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As the children are getting ready for schools after the summer vacation, the organisation is also ready to welcome the children with nutritious and wholesome meal so that the children have the energy to focus in class rooms.  Akshaya Patra is serving mid-day meals to 1.5 million children in 24 locations across 10 states of India, providing them with freshly cooked meal on all school days. To provide children with fresh, warm, nutritious food at the right place and at the right time is not as easy as we think it to be. To retain the quality and excellence tireless efforts are required. The entire kitchens of Akshaya Patra have to prepare tonnes of dal, sambar, rice, rotis, khichadi, different types of pulao, sweet rice, kheer and kadhi maintaining proper hygiene and quality.

Akshaya Patra Mega Kitchen

The kitchens are equipped with rice cauldrons, sambhar cauldrons, roti-making machines, kneading machines and equipment’s of the latest technology. The organisation keeps adopting new technology for maximum results.

The vacation time for Akshaya Patra is a time for making necessary renovations and changes, buying machines to enhance the kitchens. The processes in the kitchen are never-ending which always require proper maintenance to bring out the best results.  This NGO in India has earned a name for its quality and excellence and for being among the largest provider of midday meals to government schools in the country.

Just as the children are making preparations to come to school with new books, pencils and other school accessories, Akshaya Patra also sees to it that kitchen is under proper condition for welcoming the students to the new period of hopes and dreams by feeding the children. The organisation is striving hard to welcome them and retain them in class rooms so that they remain healthy, strong and intelligent with full attendance for the entire year.

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To make sure that the organisation keeps up with its good work for a noble cause, let us donate to Akshaya Patra and help it to keep serving nutritious mid-day meals to the children.  Let us be a reason of smile to the children and their parents and be a part with the NGO to give children a progressive future.

To read the continued part, visit: School Admission Time – 1

Akshaya Patra wins AVA Digital Platinum Awards

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Akshaya Patra has been conferred the AVA Digital Platinum Awards, which is the competition’s highest recognition, for its latest online video, “Giving Every Dream A Chance” under the category of ‘Online Video.’

There were approximately 2,500 entries in the competition from throughout the United States and 17 other countries. The entries were judged by professionals who are in search for organisations and individuals whose talent surpasses excellence and whose work serve as a benchmark for the industry.

The AVA Digital’s Platinum Award is presented to those entries that are judged to be the most outstanding and recognized for excellence in terms of quality, creativity and resourcefulness.  This coveted award is won by only 14 per cent of the total entries.

The AVA Digital Awards is an international competition award given in recognition to creative professionals for their outstanding work in the concept, direction, design and production of media in the field of digital communication by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The Awards has been intended to pay tribute to the history and journey of the audio-visual and web industries present worldwide.

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Akshaya Patra as an NGO in Ahmedabad

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.                                                                                                                                           – Albert Schweitzer

Our life on earth is counted by the virtuous deeds we do for others.  We may not be able to help everyone but we can do something to help someone. There are many ways to support those who are in need like donating to charity, lending a helping hand to non-profit organisations or sponsoring a child etc.

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We know that in government schools most of the children tend to be drop-outs when hunger remains a constraint. The performance of a student in class is directly dependant on the nutrition he/she is getting. Most of the children come with empty stomachs and doesn’t have the energy to concentrate in class. They lose interest in studies and end as drop outs. The non-profit organisations like Akshaya Patra serves mid-day meals to children in government schools with continuous support from the Central Government and the State Governments operating on a Public-Private-Partnership model. Education reports claims that in Gujarat, 58 of every 100 students who enrolled in schools are dropouts failing to make it to high schools, which is the 16th highest dropout rate in the country.

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The non-profit organisation serves nutritious mid-day meals across 10 states of India. One among the states where Akshaya Patra serves mid-day meals is Gujarat and in the state, Ahmedabad is one of the locations where the NGO runs its programme. Ahmedabad has one of the largest kitchens in India with the capacity to prepare for 400,000 children. Currently as an NGO in Ahmedabad, it is feeding 132,581 children in 524 schools each day. The centralised kitchen spreads over two acres in a 3 storeyed building producing 200,000 meals in five hours. The hot, nutritious meals are delivered across the schools through 44 meal distribution vehicles. The kitchen was inaugurated by Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat, Anandiben on August 2014. She said, “I strongly believe the mid-day meal from The Akshaya Patra Foundation will fulfil the goal of making Gujarat free of malnutrition. I hope the healthy and nutritious food provided to children from Akshaya Patra will build healthy minds and body. The Gujarat government is eager to support Akshaya Patra’s activities to build a strong society and a strong nation. I wish success to all the people working in the new centralized kitchen of The Akshaya Patra Foundation.”

Mid day meal menu

To prevent the dropout rates in schools, Akshaya Patra serves meals to the children with the aim of promoting education.  Meals are served keeping in mind the local taste of each region. The menu consisting of roti, peanut rice, jeera rice, mix veg curry with soy chunk, vegetables, mix dal consisting of masoor dal , channa dal,  lots of vegetables, kichdi  etc. are served to the children of Ahmedabad. Unlimited food is served keeping in mind their requirements. For some of the children, the noon meal may be the only proper meal they get a day. The kitchen has a food safety and quality control laboratory that has high-precision testing instruments to enhance quality and safety of the meal.

The other centres in Gujarat where the NGO serves food are Vadodara and Surat. As a result of the quality and nutritious food served, children are interested in coming to school, the enrolment in schools has increased, and micronutrient deficiencies are solved. Parents are happy to send their children to schools as they get a proper meal a day.

Today Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest mid-day meal programme serving wholesome food to over 1.5 million children from 11,360 schools across 10 states in India. Akshaya Patra plays an effective role in promoting education by providing nutritious meals to children in Government schools.

For Akshaya Patra to keep providing these children with nutritious food for education every day and expand its reach to help more children, the organisation needs support and participation from people, corporates, philanthropists and the generous donors. Contributions as donation to NGO can be done in many ways. One can donate to this charity online, which is considered the easiest method of all.