NGO in Odisha and its mid-day meal impact

NGO in Odisha

The Akshaya Patra Foundation, is a mid-day meal NGO headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka. It implements the Mid-Day Meal Scheme across 12 states of India. It began its journey as an NGO in Odisha in the year 2006 by establishing its centralised kitchen in Puri. Since then the NGO is strategically expanding its reach and over the years it has established centralised kitchens in Rourkela and Bhubaneswar, along with starting decentralised kitchens in Nayagarh.

Each school working day, Akshaya Patra provides healthy, nutritious, and locally palatable meals to 1,61,241 children studying in 1,586 government schools across the state. The below table shows the location-wise reach of Akshaya Patra in Odisha:

mid-day meal in Odisha

By providing mid-day meal in Odisha, Akshaya Patra is striving to support education and uphold the dreams and hopes of children. Hence, to ensure that every child readily consumes the meal and receives adequate nutrition, Akshaya Patra has designed its meal menu for Odisha children based on their local taste including items such as rice barabati (an Odia dry vegetable dish), dalma (an authentic Odia dish made of lentil), along with other items such as rice, rajma mix sabji (a dish made of kidney beans and vegetables), white lobia curry (black-eyed peas curry), mix vegetable curry, aloo matar paneer curry (a curry made of potatoes, peas, and cottage cheese), aloo soya chunk matar curry (a curry made of potatoes, soya chunk, and peas), and kheer (rice-based sweet dish).

What happens when children are nourished every day?

Beneficiaries

Yes, when children are nourished with healthy meals and nurtured with education, they get the confidence to dream. It makes their determination stronger and firmer. It not only supports their physical and cognitive development but also gives them the hope that their future is better and brighter. To know the children of Odisha and their dreams more closely, click here.

You can create an impact too

With the support of the Central Government of India and the State Government of Odisha along with philanthropic partners such as Rourkela Steel Plant, The Kusuma Trust (UK), RC Infinity Foundation (Kolkata), LIC Golden Jubilee Foundation, NALCO, and the Odisha Mining Corporation, and benevolent donors, Akshaya Patra has by far been able to impact 1,61,241 children in the state. But, there are many more children to be reached.

Join the efforts of the Government and Akshaya Patra to transform live s of children and create a better society. Choose to donate for a child. It just takes Rs. 1,100 to provide unlimited food for education to a child for an entire school year. Make an everlasting change. Act now!

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The First Learners – Akshaya Patra Documentary 2018

Through the voice of beneficiaries and teachers from Sundargarh district in Odisha, ‘The First Learners’ gives us an insight into what education means to children living around the forest regions and what the teachers hope to incorporate to provide them a holistic education.

His Love for Gotipua Dance – A Traditional Dance Form of Odisha!

It is often said that follow your passion but very few are allowed to do it. A student of standard V in Government Kapoteshwar High School in Raghurajpur, Puri, Jyotiranjan joined the Padmashri Guru Magunidas Gotipua Gurukula Niketan (dance academy) to learn Gotipua at the age of seven. He already has to his credit over 20 performances in various cities of Odisha, including Puri and Bhubaneshwar, as well as metros such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata.

Gotipua, a traditional dance form has an important place in the culture of Odisha. It is performed by young boys and involves a range of acrobatic moves – right from handstands to human pyramid.

Jyotiranjan wants to put this dance form on the world map so that it does not disappear like several other traditional dance forms in the country. His long-term plan is to master the dance form and help to promote it all over the world by teaching others. “If we do not save these dance forms, there will come a day when no one will know about them,” he says innocently. At present, he is happy that it gives him an opportunity to travel to different parts of the country. The dance also gives him an exposure to the world outside the heritage town of Raghurajpur.

His family is based in Puri. His father Nalinikanta Das works as a priest, while his mother Sailabaila is a homemaker. Jyotiranjan lives in the hostel facility provided by the dance academy which eases the burden on the family. Here children wake up 4 am and begin their dance practice which goes on for two hours. After practice, they do their homework and leave for school. The academy also takes care of their students’ breakfast and dinner, while Akshaya Patra an NGO in Odisha takes care of their lunch at the school.

Jyotiranjan says he likes coming to school because he gets to learn about different things in life and also play kho-kho and kabaddi with his friends. As for academic learning, he enjoys Odiya literature. He also likes environmental science and geography as they give information about the nature, planet, different countries, etc.

The 10-yr-old Jyotiranjan is confident that he will make it big in the world of Gotipua and to a great extent, his confidence stems from the exposure he has got over the course of time. As for his parents, they want him to focus on both – dance and academics and make a name for himself all over the world.

Currently, Akshaya Patra’s school lunch programme feeds over 1.6 million children in 13, 800+ schools across 12 states of India. We have to make sure that no child suffers from malnutrition and can have a bright life. You can be a part of this journey and your donation can transform life of a child. You can donate for education in India by choosing to sponsor a child or more!