NGOs play a crucial role in the upliftment of the society. These organisations work for various causes and aim at bringing about sustainable change in the immediate society and the whole world. Akshaya Patra is one such NGO in India that focusses its activities on supporting education of children by providing nutritious meals.
Non-governmental organisations or NGOs are legally constituted private organisations that are not managed or owned by the government or government representatives. However, their sphere of work is in some way or the other an extension of government’s goals and objectives pertaining to the progress of the country. These organisations also directly or indirectly work in association with larger organisations like the UN, UNESCO, WHO, etc. NGOs work at all levels – local, national, international, and their services encompass a wide range of causes such as health, education, environment, animal rights, and more. But, the vision of all NGOs resonates each other i.e. upliftment of the entire society by ensuring social welfare, and preservation of environment and nature.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one such NGO in India working for health and education of children. The Foundation implements the Mid-Day Meal Scheme and provides daily school meals to more than 1.76 million children across 12 states of India. It has been recognised and appreciated in several national and international platforms. It has also been recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programme. The NGO vision of Akshaya Patra is “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.” This vision is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Zero Hunger and Quality Education. Aside from providing nutritious meals to school children, the Foundation has also taken the step to hone the skills of its beneficiaries with its initiative – Giving Every Dream A Chance’. Akshaya Patra strives to address the issue of hunger and illiteracy right from the grass root level. Hence, it provides healthy meals to children, expecting women and lactating mothers in 4,786 Anganwadi centres in nine locations spread across five states of India.
As an NGO in India, Akshaya Patra is cognisant of the fact that real social welfare can be achieved only when all the citizens are healthy, educated, and self-dependent. Hence, it is striving to provide a strong foundation for children so that it creates generations of independent and resourceful individuals. This, in turn, will aid in social and economic progress of the whole country.
In conclusion, the work of all NGOs results in an inclusive overhaul of the entire society lifting it up by manifolds in a sustainable and positive manner. Thus, as citizens, we too must take up the responsibility to support these organisations with our time, skill, and finance. Begin a ripple of positive change; support NGO in India.