Celebrate 73rd Independence Day by Supporting Children Charity in India

73rd Indian Independence Day brings up memories of heart-stirring sacrifices, inestimable struggles, heart-warming patriotism… it also gives us moments to revel in the remarkable achievements and progresses India has made since its Independence on 15th August 1947… and it also looks forward to the answer what are we doing for an inclusive progress of the country, here onwards….

15th August, a day of national pride, indeed stirs up the patriotic chord in all of us. This is one day when all Indians feel the spirit of freedom in unison; this is one day when we truly feel the significance of being liberated from the rules of a foreign power. For many, this is also a day to pledge resolutions to serve the nation in whatever way possible.

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Dedicate Independence Day 2019 to children

Clichéd it may sound but today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders. A nation is so much liberated as much healthy and secure the childhood of its children are. So, let’s dedicate this Independence Day to the children of the nation. Like it or not, even after 73 years of independence, there are millions of children in India who are yet to receive the assurance of daily meals and schooling. To alter this situation in the best possible way and in the most sustainable manner, many charitable organisations have dedicated their efforts and time to children.

Similar is the focus of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a children charity in India that has been relentlessly working to support education of children by providing them with nutritious mid-day meals at school. The Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Human Resource, Government of India and various State Governments implements the Mid-Day Meal Scheme across 12 states of India. At present, this children charity in India is providing wholesome meals to 1,765,597 children studying in 15,668 Government schools and Government-aided schools situated in 45 locations.

#PledgeToFeed with Akshaya Patra

Since its inception in 2000, Akshaya Patra has grown from feeding 1,500 children to nourishing 1,765,597 children in 2019. The ambitions of these children and the visible impact that regular mid-day meals have been creating over the years motivates Akshaya Patra to expand its service to bring more and more children under the ambit of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme.

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#PledgeToFeed is a platform created by Akshaya Patra this Independence Day where you can support as many children as you wish to. Your generous support today will create the foundation for a nourished and nurtured India. Your support will definitely lead Akshaya Patra in the path to achieving the mission of feeding 5 million children by 2025.

This 73rd Indian Independence Day, celebrate the spirit of freedom with 1.76 million children. Let’s together nourish, educate, and empower children of India.

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Akshaya Patra’s Effort in Assam Flood Relief 2019

Water level rising every hour… 30 of total 33 districts submerged… 4,157 villages inundated… approximately 43-lakh people affected… 95% of Kaziranga National Park under water… This is the current situation of Assam!

Akshaya Patra Effort in Assam Flood Relief 2019

Assam has been hit by one of the worst floods in a decade leaving the entire state paralysed. The Government of Assam issued a red alert on 15 July 2019 as the situation worsened every passing hour. Nearly 1.5 lakh people have been provided shelter in relief camps operational across the state. In a grim situation like this, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, an NGO in Assam has stepped in to provide cooked meals to affected people in Kamrup district.

Guwahati flood relief work by Akshaya Patra

Akshaya Patra, a mid-day meal NGO has its kitchen in Guwahati, Assam. It begun its Guwahati flood relief activities from 17th July. The NGO is providing meals to affected people twice a day – lunch and dinner from its Guwahati kitchen. It began the relief operations by feeding 700 people in a relief camp in Athgaon area and now has extended its service to other relief camps in Kamrup district. So far, this NGO in Assam has already provided more than 22,000 meals. The Foundation is serving rice, vegetable pulao, kabuli chana, and mixed vegetable dal for lunch; and khichdi and labra sabji for dinner. In order to garner support from people, Akshaya Patra has started a campaign where one can contribute online donation in aid of Assam flood relief.

Past relief activities of Akshaya Patra

Be it within the borders of India or beyond, Akshaya Patra has always been proactive in responding to disaster situations. The NGO is always present to provide relief to crisis-hit people by providing cooked food.

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Support flood relief activities

Over the years, Akshaya Patra has received heart-warming responses from people coming forward to support disaster-affected fellow citizens. They have generously contributed towards Akshaya Patra’s relief campaigns at different occasions. Currently, Assam needs your urgent help. Come forth and support Guwahati flood relief campaign by generously contributing online donation in aid of people of Assam. Support now!

Akshaya Patra’s work in Assam and Andhra Pradesh

The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a non-profit organisation in India has been supporting education by providing nutritious and tasty school lunch to children of Government schools and Government-aided schools since its establishment in 2000.

 

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  • Akshaya Patra is one of the oldest implementors of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme.
  • Initially, it provided food to children of just five schools in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • Today, it is operational across India.
  • Akshaya Patra has received ICAI Gold Shield Award for excellence in financial reporting for consecutively seven years and has been inducted to ICAI’s Hall of Fame. It is the only NGO in the 70 years history of ICAI to have won this distinction.

 

Akshaya Patra operates centralised kitchens in 43 locations and decentralised kitchens in two locations. It has a well-managed logistics with dedicated fleet of customised meal delivery vehicles for each location. In order to ensure children consume their meals readily and happily, this non-profit organisation has designed location-specific menus by keeping intact the recommended nutritional levels. The menu is also cyclical in nature so that each day children receive different items as part of their school meal.

Below is a quick overview of Akshaya Patra’s service in Assam and Andhra Pradesh.

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What do beneficiaries say?

The mid-day meals act as an incentive for parents to send their children to school and it adds hope in lakhs of children that their ambitions and dreams are achievable. As an NGO in Assam, this is how Akshaya Patra upkeeps the right to nutrition and education:

  • “Mid-day meals are very important. The mid-day meal served in the school is a relief for the family. At home, it’s mostly rice, dalor pitha (a type of local bread made of rice flour). Vegetables or lentils are not on the family’s menu every day. I enjoy my school lunch especially on Wednesdays and Saturdays when we get kheer, khichdi, and vegetable pulao – a delicacy which is rarely cooked at home.” Mrinmay Malakar.
  • Parvati hails from a challenging background and has the complete support of her mother with regards to her education. She aspires to be a Police Officer. Parvati’s mother opines that education will help her daughter succeed in life and also aid in leading a better life than the current one. The fact that Parvati gets mid-day meal at school comes by as a great relief for the mother.

As an NGO in Andhra Pradesh, this is how Akshaya Patra nurtures dreams:

  • Narsimha Raju says, “If I concentrate on one particular sport, I will excel in that sport only. But, if I concentrate on different sports and education, it will help me become a teacher and produce good sportsmen for our school and the country.”
  • Lalita says, “Due to corruption, people who are in need of the several government schemes are not able to avail the benefits. I want to become a District Collector and make my state corruption-free and ensure that people get the benefits of various schemes.”

Akshaya Patra kitchen in Assam and Andhra Pradesh

You can do wonders with just Rs. 1,100!

Yes, with just Rs. 1,100, you can transform the lives of lakhs of children across India. Your generous contribution to Akshaya Patra, one of the pioneer mid-day meal non-profit organisation in India will nourish, nurture and empower children into resourceful and responsible citizens. Support Akshaya Patra. Support Indian children.

Why should you associate with The Akshaya Patra Foundation?

Alone, we can start a change, together we can sustain it! THAT’S THE POWER OF WORKING TOGETHER.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an Indian non-profit organisation supporting education of children by providing them with nutritious meals on each school day. It is one of the pioneer NGOs in the mid-day meal sector with a history of more than 18 years in service of children.

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What else does Akshaya Patra do?

Aside from diligently implementing the school meal programme, this charity for children is also engaged in other feeding initiatives and ‘Beyond the Meals’ programmes.

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How can you help?

With the vision, ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’, Akshaya Patra aims at benefitting 5 million children by 2025. To achieve this humongous endeavour, this Indian non-profit organisation requires support from all sections of the society. It encourages people and organisations to step forward in support of nutrition and education of children. For this, the Foundation provides an elaborate volunteering platform where you can choose the way you want to support.

Act to bring the change you desire to see

You can choose to volunteer your time, be an online ambassador, be a knowledge partner, or you could also be the Foundation’s ambassador. You can also associate with this charity for children as a regular donor or you could also start an online fundraising campaign. As a supporter, you can also choose to sponsor a school, kitchen, or kitchen equipment or choose to fund any of the ‘Beyond the Meals’ programme.

Margaret Mead has aptly said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Well then, what’s the wait? Step forward and get your family and friends along to volunteer for those children who are in need today but on whom the country will be dependent tomorrow!

Be a fundraiser for The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Alone, you may not be able to support 100 children but with a group of like-minded people backing your thought, it is possible to provide all the necessary help for the 100 children; and may be more. THAT’S THE POWER OF FUNDRAISING!

Charities across the globe encourage supporters to conduct fundraising events, solely because of the impact it can create for a cause. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-governmental organisation supporting education of children in India by providing them with nutritious school meals every day. Akshaya Patra is one of the pioneer NGOs in the mid-day meal sector. In partnership with Ministry of Human Resource, Government of India and various State Governments, the Foundation has been providing wholesome school meals to school children since 2000. Presently, it feeds more than 17.6-lakh children across 12 states on India.

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Aside from the core Mid-Day Meal Programme, this charity works to provide holistic development of its beneficiaries through its child-centric initiatives.

Anganwadi Feeding Programme With this initiative, Akshaya Patra focusses on nourishing children in the age group of 3 to 6 years, pregnant women, and lactating mothers by providing nutrition-rich meals in Anganwadi centres.
Giving Every Dream a Chance This initiative focusses on honing talents of beneficiaries by providing them mentorship in various fields such as sports, culinary, art and music, theatre, science, etc.
Scholarship Programme This programme supports higher studies of meritorious beneficiaries by providing them scholarships. This enables children to complete necessary education to achieve their aspirations.
Model Schools With the aim to provide better schooling experience, this initiative focusses on revamping school infrastructure and available amenities.
Disaster Relief Programme At times of need, Akshaya Patra steps up to provide relief to affected people of natural disasters. So far, Akshaya Patra has promptly responded to Gujarat Cyclone, Odisha Cyclone, Kerala Flood, Kodagu Flood, Gorakhpur Flood, Chennai Flood, Gujarat Flood, and Nepal Earthquake.

 

Alike any other NGO, Akshaya Patra too welcomes fundraising ideas and campaigns in support of its core cause and subsidiary programmes. When you fundraise for this non-governmental organisation, you directly impact lives of children who hail from challenging socio-economic backgrounds. Your support will provide daily nutritious meals to school-going children, ensure their regular schooling, provide a platform to nurture their talents, and support shape the into confident and resourceful citizens. It will give them the hope that a better life is ahead of them. Click here to view all active fundraising campaigns.

Leverage the power of your social network to benefit children of India! FUNDRAISE NOW!

The rise and role of an NGO in the development of a country

Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) play a crucial role in developing countries through their works in community development and contribution to achieve sustainable goals of the nations. In India, where hunger and illiteracy are two of the major challenges hindering many children’s ability to learn and grow, NGOs form Public-Private Partnership with the Central and State Governments to counter these obstacles.

Significant role of NGOs in empowering children

On 15th August 1995, the National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (NP-NSPE) was launched as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme to eliminate classroom hunger and increase enrolment, retention, and attendance. Since then, the Mid-Day Meal Programme has been implemented nationwide to provide wholesome, nutritious meals for children studying in Government and Government-aided schools.

The implementation of the Mid-Day Meal Programme relies a lot on the role of Indian charity like The Akshaya Patra Foundation. The role of an NGO in this programme is to support the Government in the expansion of the scheme in order to reach out to more children, thereby reaching the goals of eliminating classroom hunger and achieving equal education for all children in India.

To establish this partnership, an NGO is selected based on its transparency and “of proven integrity” by the Government. Chosen NGOs must also have a set-up kitchen, operate daily meal preparation, and sustain themselves financially. These NGOs are supported by the Government by the way of subsidies and grants to implement their programmes. This solution allows community engagement and has greatly improved the implementation of the Central Mid-Day Meal Scheme: all layers of society are involved, more than 120 million children are reached out, and the scale of the programme has expanded to over 1,265,000 schools and centres.

“No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger” – The Akshaya Patra Foundation

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation started feeding children in June 2000 by feeding 1,500 children in five Government schools in Bengaluru, Karnataka with one wholesome, nutritious mid-day meal per day, every school day. In the past 18+ years, the organisation has expanded its Mid-Day Meal Programme to 1.76 million children in 15,024 Government and Government-aided schools. Up till date, Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programme that has cumulatively provided over 3 billion meals to children and is working towards its mission to feed 5 million children by 2025.

 

Send 1.76 million children back to school with Akshaya Patra

Each year, during the months of April and May, you will come across ‘back to school’ advertisements especially in malls and e-commerce sites. At around the same time, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a charity for children, holds a ‘back to school’ campaign too. So, what’s the difference between the two campaigns? Well, the former is a call out to parents to fulfil school needs of their own children whereas the latter is a call out to public sector, private sector, businesses and individuals to fulfil the wish of not-so-privileged children to go back to school. And, by choosing to donate for children through Akshaya Patra, you can secure a whole year of education for more than 17.6-lakh children!

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Akshaya Patra is an 18-year old NGO supporting education of children across India by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Programme. Each school day, it serves school meals to 17,62,133 children studying in more than 15,000 government schools and government-aided schools in 42 locations across 12 states. The Foundation aims at bringing each of its beneficiary back to school for a new academic year so that continuity in education can be ensured. Cognisant of the power that school meals and regular schooling can have on the development of children and future of the country, here are some supporters who have generously spread the message and contributed towards Akshaya Patra’s ‘Back to School’ campaign:

  • Eros International’s partners with Akshaya Patra for #BackToSchool campaign. Click here for more details.
  • Ram Sampath, famous Indian composer, music producer, and musician supports Akshaya Patra’s #BackToSchool campaign. Click here for more details.
  • Suzzanne Bernert, German-born Indian actress extends generous support to the #BackToSchool campaign by Akshaya Patra. Click here for more details.

This charity for children encourages more and more supporters to generously contribute to this campaign because when children come to school, they are benefitted in multiple ways:

  • Receives nutrition-rich meals daily.
  • Receives rightful education.
  • Improved health.
  • Strengthening of goals and dreams.
  • Improved concentration.
  • Aware and confident of a better future.
  • Better academic and co-curricular performance.
  • Become a part of Akshaya Patra’s holistic initiatives: talent development, scholarship, and student and school transformation programmes.
  • In all, children grow up to be healthy, educated, skilful,
    and resourceful citizens of India.

 

To conclude, there are millions of children out there, for whom there is nothing more valuable than being able to come to school. These children are determined and zealous; all they need is a little support from you and me. When we donate for children or choose to conduct an online fundraising campaign in support of these children, we take a step towards transforming their life for the better; the result of which will be explicitly visible in the near future. So, this summer, support ‘Back to School’, support children! Act now!

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Book a bench to bring children back to school with Akshaya Patra

Remember those whispers during classes, those notebook games, those little help when the teacher asked you a question, quiet attack on the lunch boxes… those were the good old school days with our bench mates!

Even after so many years of graduating from school, the memories are so fresh as if it happened just yesterday. We still smile and feel overwhelmed about those days. And, more often than not, bench mates were a strong motivating factor for us to go back to school the next day. But little did we know then, that for millions of children coming to school acts as a ray of hope for a better future.

In view of this, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a charity for children strives each year to bring back as many children as possible to school. The Foundation is one of the oldest mid-day meal NGOs in India with a history of 18 years in service of children. Presently, the Foundation provides freshly cooked nutritious meals to 17,62,133 children of Government school and Government-aided schools in 42 locations across 12 states in India. The beneficiaries of this NGO hail from socio-economically challenged backgrounds and for them the mid-day meal bridges the distance from their homes to school.

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Studies reveal that mid-day meal is a strong incentive for parents to choose school over labour for their children. This meal programme has also positively impacted the enrolment rate, attendance, health, and performance of children. By bringing children back to school day after day and year after year, the mid-day meal programme promotes continuous schooling. Regular schooling and nutritious meals empower children to become resourceful and independent citizens of the country in future.

With the objective to ensure continuous schooling of its beneficiaries, each year Akshaya Patra conducts the ‘Back to School’ campaign. It is an attempt by the Foundation to garner support from all sections of the society. ‘Book a bench’ through this campaign and support health and education of at least three children among millions of children. Online donations in support of this campaign will instantly ensure a year full of nutritious meals and goodness of learning for many deserving children.

Step forward and support Akshaya Patra, the charity for children that has left no stone unturned to bring more and more children under the ambit of the mid-day meal programme. ‘Book a bench’ now to witness a brighter, better, and transformed India!

How back to school and mid-day meals are related in a child’s life?

Education is important for a child but food more vital!

Children education is a very aspect in the progress of the immediate society, and the country at large. But, an estimated 8.4 crore children in India do not attend school. It has also been reported that India is one among the top five nations with the highest number of out-of-school children aged 6-11 years. In order to tackle this situation and make India ready to embrace the title of being the youngest nation by 2020 in terms of working age populace, the Government along with many NGOs are striving to ensure education for all. But, the matter of the fact is, to achieve 100% literacy, we need to first address the issue of hunger because it is this very factor that pushes away children from schools to work fields.

In an endeavour to counter the critical issue of hunger, the Government initiated the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, a programme that provides free school lunch to children studying in Government schools and Government-aided schools. Over the years, this scheme has gained momentum and has been successful in incentivising parents to send their children to school with the hope that children will at least receive a plate full of meal per day. The mid-day meals have potentially increased enrolment rate, attendance rate, while also countering classroom hunger and improving health and concentration levels among children.

School + Mid-day meals = Empowered children

Several NGOs have partnered with the Government to implement the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. These NGOs are able to bring about a drastic and sustainable change right from the grass root level of the society. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one of the pioneer mid-day meal NGOs with a remarkable history of 18 years in service of children. Each year this NGO in India runs a ‘Back to school’ campaign with the objective to bring millions of its beneficiaries back to school for a new academic year. This year Akshaya Patra is campaigning to support continuous schooling of more than 1.76 million children.

The real worth of being able to attend school is understood only by those children who has to overcome several challenges each day just so that they their place of learning. The mid-day meals and the lessons they receive nourishes and nurtures them making them confident of achieving their goals in life. Each of Akshaya Patra beneficiaries have their unique dreams and this motivates the Foundation to bring more and more children under the ambit of the school meal programme.

Today, you are resourceful and moving ahead in life and career, a big share of it goes to the education you received. Now, it’s time to empower the future generation. Come forward generously and actively is support of the ‘Back to School’ campaign. Your action will promote children education by ensuring their mid-day meals for the entire school year. Act now!

Bring children ‘Back to School’ :: Uphold right to nutrition and education | TAPF

Bring children ‘Back to School’

‘Back to School’ – does it rekindle any memory or emotion in you? Well, all of us will have some vivid memory of our school days and even after years when we relook at those days, it fills us with immense joy. Clichéd it may sound, but schooling has a lasting impact in our life. The lessons learnt in class, the friends we shared our days with, the appreciation we received for our achievements, the guidance and pep talk we got when we failed, and the inspiration we drew from our teachers, and many such experiences has indeed played a significant role in shaping up to what we are today. And, that’s why Akshaya Patra wants to send as many children as possible ‘back to school.

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a charity for children in India providing nutritious mid-day meals to school-going children across the country. Akshaya Patra began its service in the year 2000 and currently nourishes more than 1.76 million children across 42 locations in 12 states, on each school day. Over the years of service, Akshaya Patra has witnessed the tangible impact of school meals on increase in attendance, enrolment, and retention rate in schools. The mid-day meals incentivise parents to send children to school thereby initiating education and continuity of the same. Heeding to this, Akshaya Patra annually conducts ‘Back to School’ campaign so that children come back for another fulfilling academic year.

Why should you support this campaign?

As a charity for children, Akshaya Patra aims at benefitting more and more children with the Mid-Day Meal Programme and its other child-centric initiatives. The beneficiaries of Akshaya Patra hail from challenging backgrounds making something as basic as food and education difficult to access. Despite obstacles and hardships, these children are strongminded and focussed to attain their life goals – all they need is a little support.

Your support to ‘Back to School’ campaign will ensure:

  • Children come back to school for the next academic year;
  • A year full of nutritious school meals and regular schooling;
  • A strong foundation upon which deserving children will build their future; and
  • Turn millions of silent dreams into reality.

How can you support?

You can support millions of children through the ‘Back to School’ campaign in more than one way:

  • Donate online: This is the easiest, fastest, and safest mode to help this charity for children with the much-needed funds.
  • Create your own fundraising campaign: By doing so, you can garner support from family, friends, and close associates and then donate the raised amount to the campaign.
  • Spread the word: Use the power of social media to spread the cause of Akshaya Patra and its campaign.

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Empower a child instantly

Just like you are empowered and resourceful today, help a child to be the same. If we really want to see India prosper, we have to unite together and make health and education accessible to each and every child. It’s time we join hands and bring about a desirable change. Donate online to support ‘Back to School’ campaign at the click of a button.

About the author:

The Akshaya Patra Foundation, one of the top mid-day charities in India serves more than 1.76 million children across 42 locations of 12 states. By supporting the ‘Back to School’ campaign of this NGO, you can transform lives of children by providing them with the much-needed nutrition and rightful education.