Revisiting 2016: Akshaya Patra’s Achievements and Future Plans

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Two billion meals and counting. One of the greatest achievements of Akshaya Patra during 2016 was undoubtedly the feeling of reaching this number that got us all thrilled and excited. We became conscious that 2016 was just one of the several years that has contributed towards reaching out to millions of children through Food for Education initiative. It was a result of year-to-year and day-to-day hard work of several people. The Akshaya Patra Foundation celebrated the serving of 2 billion meals, in the presence of Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Honourable 13th President of India in August 2016.

Methodical approach to reaching out children

As we surged ahead to achieve our targets in 2016, we kept our eyes on a very methodical approach to achieving goals. Akshaya Patra didn’t start off as simply a children’s charity. We knew the depth of the problem of hunger among children and so we started from the root.

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KIGA 2016

On October 15, 2016, The Akshaya Patra Foundation was awarded the prestigious Kalam Innovation in Governance Award 2016 (KIGA 2016). The award was presented during the 1st Edition of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Summit on ‘Innovation in Governance’ held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Though our children’s charity bagged several awards such as AVA Digital Award, Six Sigma Award, Nikkei Asia Award, this specific award on governance inspired us the most to reach out more and more children and set loftier goals.

More centralised kitchens in 2017

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Centralised Kitchen

The largest Akshaya Patra kitchen can cook nearly 100,000 meals every morning. Currently 25 centralised (automated) kitchens and 2 decentralised kitchens are established across India. This has been made possible due to several charity donations through which people have sponsored kitchen equipment to expand our reach. A similar initiative was taken in December 2016 when Akshaya Patra and the Infosys Foundation laid the first foundation stone of Telangana’s first high-tech, Centralised Mega Kitchen in Khandi. The Infosys Foundation had given away Rs 18.03 crores, generously as charity donation committing to cover the entire construction cost of this kitchen, which will use highly advanced technology. Over 1,00,000 children in Telangana will be fed nutritious mid-day meals prepared in this kitchen, beginning the next academic year.

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Partnership with Infosys Foundation

And now Akshaya Patra is all set to feed its nutritious mid-day meals to a greater number of beneficiaries in Uttar Pradesh (U.P). The Foundation will launch 11 new kitchens in the state. The groundbreaking ceremony for the same was performed by Honourable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Akhilesh Yadav on December 26, 2016 at Lok Bhavan, New Secretariat, Lucknow. These new kitchens will be established in the districts of Varanasi, Ghaziabad, Agra, Allahabad, Kanpur, Etawah, Kannauj, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Rampur and Ballia.

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Groundbreaking ceremoney

In U.P, Akshaya Patra currently feeds 1,05,000 children and 66,000 children from its Vrindavan and Lucknow kitchens respectively, totalling to 1,71,000 children across 3021 schools. The introduction of the 11 new kitchens will take its nutritious meals to a total of 13 lakh or 1.3 million beneficiaries every day in the state, making this the Foundation’s largest intervention in India. Thus, every kitchen will feed over 1 lakh children from the next academic year.

All these initiatives have been happening with the help of several volunteers, Akshaya Patra staff, the Government of India and hundreds of donors. Like every year, Akshaya Patra has published audit reports keeping the finances transparent. Our charity donations are as per the rules of tax exemption in India and we keep our donors in the loop as to how their money is spent. You can join hands with us as we strive for another fruitful year of our quest for curbing hunger among children.

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Akshaya Patra Bags Kalam Memorial Award 2016

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In one of the recent non-profit news, Akshaya Patra has been highlighted for its contribution to society. On October 15, 2016, Akshaya Patra, a children charity foundation, was awarded the prestigious ‘Kalam Innovation in Governance Award 2016’ (KIGA 2016). This was the 1st Edition of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Summit which was held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

Shri Bharatarshabha Dasa, Director – Relationships of Akshaya Patra received the award on behalf of Akshaya Patra from Mr Alok Ranjan, Chairperson of Kalam Centre and Former Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh. The award which is given out in the memory of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam recognises organisations that have contributed to the development of the state. “We feel honoured to receive the 1st Edition of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial Award for ‘Innovation in Governance’ category. This award will inspire us to reach out to more children,” said Shridhar Venkat, CEO of Akshaya Patra.

Akshaya Patra operates the world’s largest Mid-Day Meal Programme is grateful to be one of the recipients of the award. We would like to thank the Kalam Summit and its panel for recognising Akshaya Patra’s role in building a better future for children, improving governance and delivering value.

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Akshaya Patra Wins Lean Six Sigma Award 2016

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During the 10th Lean Six Sigma National Level Competition, 2016 held by The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Akshaya Patra was presented the Lean Six Sigma Award. This award recognises establishments that have successfully implemented Six Sigma techniques in improving working and production processes effectively.

The two-day competition was held in Bengaluru from September 1 to 2, 2016 and the panel witnessed participation from many renowned companies. Akshaya Patra presented the idea alongside many establishments and is one of the NGOs to be awarded for implementing Six Sigma techniques.

Akshaya Patra has won many awards. To have a look, visit: NGO Awards

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.

Know more @ Akshaya Patra Shines at the AVA Digital Awards 2016

Akshaya Patra Bags LACP Award

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF) struck Gold at the League of American Communications Professionals’ (LACP) Vision Awards 2014-15 in the Annual Reports (NGO) category, making it five wins in a row. The Foundation’s Annual Report 2014-15, titled Giving Every Dream a Chance featured the inspiring stories of three beneficiaries whose dreams were given wings by Akshaya Patra.

This instalment of the LACP Awards had submissions from over two dozen countries, which makes the win all the more special. Akshaya Patra’s Annual Report scored 98 out of 100, bagging perfect scores in multiple attributes, including Report Cover and Information Accessibility.

LACP Managing Director, Christine Kennedy was all praises for the Annual Report. She said “It proves to be remarkable in light of tremendous competition. The level of creativity exhibited is superb, which is supported by exceptional clarity in communicating this year’s key messages.”

The LACP was formed in 2001 to provide a platform for individuals and entities in the public relations industry, to encourage best practices and recognise exceptional talent.

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.

Communications, Awards and Akshaya Patra

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.

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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.

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