Honourable PM Shri Narendra Modi Commemorated Akshaya Patra’s 3 Billionth Meal

Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi commemorated The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s serving of cumulative 3 Billion meals at an event held at the organisation’s campus in Vrindavan, Mathura, on 11th February, 2019.
The Prime Minister was joined by the Honourable Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Ram Naik, and the Honourable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Yogi Adityanath.

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The event was also attended by prominent personalities from the corporate sector and other esteemed organisations who have been supporters and well-wishers of the Foundation throughout its journey.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi began the ceremony by paying homage to Srila Prabhupada, the inspiration behind Akshaya Patra’s meal programme. Shri Chanchalapathi Dasa welcomed and felicitated the dignitaries. An invocation was sung by Akshaya Patra beneficiaries from Vrindavan. It was followed by speeches by Shri Yogi Adityanath, Shri Mohandas Pai, and Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa.
All the dignitaries congratulated Akshaya Patra on attaining the milestone of cumulatively serving 3 Billion meals and pledged their support to the organisation’s endeavour.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the commemorative plaque to mark the serving of 3 Billionth meal by Akshaya Patra. He addressed the gathering and showed his support to the Foundation’s initiative by serving the ceremonial 3 Billionth meal. The Prime Minister, much to the delight of the children, even shared meals with them.

In 2012, Akshaya Patra reached its first major milestone of serving 1 Billion cumulative meals since the inception of the programme in 2000. By 2016, the organisation had already served a cumulative 2 Billion meals. That milestone was commemorated in the presence of Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the then President of India, on 27th August, 2016, in Bengaluru.

Akshaya Patra is the world’s first NGO-run school meal programme to achieve the milestone of serving 3 Billion cumulative meals. It is a major milestone in the Foundation’s pursuit of the mission to serve meals to 5 million children every school day by 2025. With the support of the Government, donors, and all the other stakeholders, the organisation is poised to realise its vision ‘no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.

About The Akshaya Patra Foundation
Akshaya Patra is a not-for-profit organisation, an NGO in India which strives to address classroom hunger and bring children to school by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Government and Government-aided schools. Since 2000, the Foundation has worked towards reaching more children with wholesome food on every single school day. The Foundation is continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of children. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and attract curious visitors from around the world.

In partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments, and the inestimable support of many philanthropic donors and well-wishers, Akshaya Patra has grown from humble beginnings serving just 1,500 school children across five schools. Today, Akshaya Patra’s Mid-Day Meal Programme is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) school lunch programme, serving wholesome food to over 1.76 million children from 14,702 schools across 12 states in India.

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Income tax deductions and exemptions in India

Paying tax is a mandatory duty for every citizen belonging to a certain income category. However, for the well-being of people and the society, the Government has also made some provisions wherein one can save tax or get exemption from paying taxes. Donating to charity is one of the many ways that can give relief to taxpayers.

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You must have noticed that income tax is the most discussed topic towards the end of the financial year! Simply because, everyone looks for a way to get income tax exemption or reduce the taxable income. The tax we pay is used by the government to ensure overall development of the country and its people by maintaining defence and police forces, building infrastructure, providing healthcare, and the like. But even though paying taxes is a mandatory duty for every citizen who falls within a certain bracket of income group, the government has made provisions wherein taxpayers can get relief from paying taxes.
Individuals investing on house rent, children education allowance, housing loan, medical insurance, donations to charitable organisations, and the like, can avail tax benefits.

Focussing on charitable donations, this is the one of the most noble way of saving tax. The government has made this provision so that more and more people get involved with charitable causes that in turn helps to uplift the society and also helps in nation building. The Section 80G of the Income Tax Act states that if a taxpayer donates towards a charity, he or she will be eligible to receive tax relief. As a donor, you can either get 100% or 50% exemption on the donated amount based upon the type of charitable organisation you donate to. The percentage of exemption is pre-decided based on the criterions of the Income Tax Act.
However, to get this exemption, the tax payer has to ensure the following:
i. The NGO or charitable trust must be registered as a non-profit organisation under the Indian Trusts Act;
ii. The organisation must be eligible to receive donations and should be registered under the Income Tax Act, and under Foreign Contribution Act if it accepts foreign donations;
iii. It should communicate clearly whether it is eligible to give 50% exemption or 100% exemption on the donated amount;
iv. The charitable trust must provide a receipt of the amount you have donated; and
v. It should provide you a tax exemption certificate

If any of the above criterion is not met by an organisation, then your contribution may not be considered for tax relief.

As an example: when you contribute online donation or offline donation to The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a mid-day meal NGO, you will be eligible for 50% tax exemption under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act. As soon as the Foundation receives your donation, it will send you a receipt of your donation and within 10 -15 working days it will also send your tax exemption certificate. In addition, the NGO is registered under Indian Trusts Act, Income Tax of India, and Foreign Contribution Act. To maintain transparency with the donors, Akshaya Patra also publishes audited financial reports at the end of each financial year in the form of Annual Report. Thus, when you support Akshaya Patra, you get income tax exemption and also support food and education of millions of children across the country.

This year, save tax in a noble way!

Disclaimer: Each of the above-mentioned tax exemption plans has its own terms and conditions. Hence, it is advised to understand the respective tax exemption clauses prior to making an investment or a claim.

https://www.akshayapatra.org/served-3billion-meals

 

Not for Profit Charity in UK- The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation-children charity in UK strives to tackle the issues of hunger, malnutrition and education. We do this by providing freshly cooked, nourishing meals through our Food for Education Programme in India and Beat the Hunger Program in the UK.

Akshaya Patra is one of the UK Charities, serve over 1.7 million children a freshly cooked, hot lunch every day in nearly 14,000 schools in India across the country. Through our state of the art kitchens, partnership with the Government of India and generosity of our supporters, we can serve a hot and nutritious school meal to a child in just 5p.

Akshaya Patra charity works based on a well-crafted module that puts hygiene and quality at the top of its priorities. We also believe that eating is not only for nutrition, it is also for taste. We want children to relish what they eat and hence, we prepare a different dish every day to break the monotony.

Role and Functions of NGO’s in India

Akshaya Patra is a mid-day meal NGO in India. it serves freshly cooked and nutritious school lunch to students of Government and Government-aided schools. Currently, it provides daily school meals to more than 1.76 million school children across 12 states.

role of ngo in india

A non-profit organisation plays a significant role alongside government and government organisations in improving and uplifting the society in a sustainable manner. In India and across the world, thousands of NGOs are working to improve different aspects of the society while also to conserve and preserve the environment. Talking specifically about children and their development as one of the aspects, The Akshaya Patra Foundation is meticulously working for the cause since past 18 years.

Akshaya Patra, an NGO in India, implements the Mid-Day Meal Programme across 12 states of the country. Presently, it is providing regular school meals to more than 1.76 million children in 40 locations. Akshaya Patra works towards achieving the vision of ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.’ The Foundation focusses on meeting the objectives of the Central Mid-Day Meal Scheme:

• To avoid classroom hunger;
• To increase school enrolment;
• To increase school attendance;
• To improve socialisation among castes;
• To address malnutrition; and
• To empower women through employment.

Over the past 18 years, Akshaya Patra has been able to reach children in urban, semi-urban, and rural areas through its centralised and decentralised kitchens. It has been observed that the school meals have had a significant impact on:
• Countering classroom hunger;
• Increase in school attendance and enrolment of children;
• Decrease in drop-out rate;
• Improvement in health of children and level of concentration;
• Increased participation of children in school activities and enhanced socialisation among children.

The mid-day meal is a potential intervention in bringing children of low socio-economic background to school. With the hope that children will get at least one proper meal a day, parents tend to send them to school rather than pushing them to work. When children come to school, they get a platform to grow and develop in a desirable way with the needed nutrition and education. This helps them to achieve their goal and become resourceful citizens of the country.

You too can contribute towards the development of children by choosing to feed the children by supporting Akshaya Patra. Your one step towards this noble cause has the power to transform lives of millions of children across the country. Allow a child to receive nutritious food and rightful education, just like you did! Act now!

Visit our official blog for more information –

https://blog.akshayapatra.org/donating-for-tax-exemption-will-it-help-the-society/

 

Akshaya Patra – Stories of Children

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Akshaya Patra is an NGO in India providing healthy meals to children studying in Government schools. Even though these children hail from challenging backgrounds, they have the zeal to achieve high goals in life. They are hopeful that the future holds better and brighter days for them.

“Hello, I’m a student of Standard IV in Itadara Primary 2 School, Gujarat. I want to become a Police Officer and protect lives every day.” – Hinaben Vaghela, Gujarat.

“Hello, I study in GHPS Taranagar, Bellary, Karnataka. I want to become a District Collector and help rural people. I love Akshaya Patra’s school meals, especially rice and sambar.” – Sampriya, Ballari, Karnataka.

“Hi, I study in Standard VI at Government M.E. School, Algum, Odisha. I want to be an Architect. I love the food served by Akshaya Patra. It is always served in time.” – Tanaya Pradhan, Algum, Odisha.

“Hello, I study in Dr Ambedkar Secondary School and Junior College in Untakhana, Nagpur. I want to become a cricketer. I like the subzi, especially

Tender age yet resolute goals! These are just a handful of millions of dreams that Akshaya Patra nurtures each day. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an Indian NGO providing school lunch to children in Government schools and Government-aided schools. It is one of the oldest mid-day meal NGOs with a remarkable history of 18 years in the service of children. Currently, the Foundation provides wholesome meals to 17, 62, 133 children studying in 14,702 schools in 40 locations of 12 states.

Since the initial days, the dreams of children have been one of the significant motivating factors for Akshaya Patra to implement the programme in a sustainable manner. It is well-aware of the fact that when we feed a child, we not only satiate hunger but also support their physical and cognitive development, something that is crucial during the growing years of children. Over the years, it has been observed that school meal has effectively improved the health and level of concentration among children, countered classroom hunger, and increased enrolment and attendance rates.

The school meal acts as an incentive for parents to send their children to school with the hope that they will at least receive one proper meal for the day. And, once children are in school, they get introduced to academics, sports, and various co-curricular activities. Learning new things every day and getting inspired by teachers, these children become more certain in achieving their dreams and goals. Below are snippets of a couple of children stories:
Sky is the limit
Badal Pradhan, a Standard VIII student from MPL High School, Choudhury Bazar, Cuttack (Bhubaneshwar) enjoys cycling to school every day. He believes it will keep him and the earth healthy. However, his dreams are sky high; he wants to manoeuvre his way through the clouds. Yes, he aims to be a pilot.
Badal hails from a humble background with his father as the sole breadwinner for the family and mother, a homemaker, He has an elder brother studying in Standard X in the same school and is always supportive of him.
Badal says, “I like going to school. Science is my favourite subject. I have been enjoying the mid-day meals served by Akshaya Patra for the past four years. It is tasty and nutritious at the same time.”

Farmer’s daughter dreams to be an IAS Officer
Amidst the fields and farms of Somalapur Village in Karnataka’s Ballari district, a young girl is nurturing the dream of becoming an IAS Officer. N. Pallavi, a Standard VII student from GHPS Somalapura, Sandur, Karnataka belongs to a family of farmers. She hails from a family of five: her father, mother and two siblings studying in Standard IX and X.
Pallavi says, “I feel a sense of belongingness at school. It is like my second home.” Aside from academics, she is fond of drawing and kabaddi. A bright student, she is the highest scorer in her class and is optimistically inching towards her dream despite her parents’ opinion that it is an erratic childhood dream that will fade away with time.
Pallavi says “I’m having Akshaya Patra food for the past seven years and Pulao is my favourite dish. I like the food because it’s tasty.”

There are numerous children stories like the above ones, and clicking here will introduce you to a world of hopes and dreams. You can be a supporter of these dreams by choosing to donate charity for this NGO. Your generosity will manifest in the most desirable way in the near future – you will see generations of healthy and resourceful citizens leading the country in the path of progress and prosperity.

Charity works of Akshaya Patra—UK Charities

The Akshaya Patra Foundation strives to tackle the issues of hunger, malnutrition and education. We do this by providing freshly cooked, nourishing meals through our Food for Education Programme in India and Beat the Hunger Program in the UK.

Akshaya Patra is one of the UK Charities, serve over 1.7 million children a freshly cooked, hot lunch every day in nearly 14,000 schools in India across the country. Through our state of the art kitchens, partnership with the Government of India and generosity of our supporters, we can serve a hot and nutritious school meal to a child in just 5p.

akhaya patra logo

The Akshaya Patra Foundation operates based on a well-crafted module that puts hygiene and quality at the top of its priorities. We also believe that eating is not only for nutrition, it is also for taste. We want children to relish what they eat and hence, we prepare a different dish every day to break the monotony.

Visit our official website for more information-

https://www.tapf.org.uk/uk-operations

 

Biggest Challenge faced by a Charity

A non-profit organisation, popularly referred to as charity is an organisation that is not managed or owned by any government or government representative. It is a legal establishment that is privately constituted by a group of like-minded people with the objective to work for a cause related to social, environment, animal rights, health, education, and the like. Even though charities do not come under the ambit of government yet they are obliged to carry out their operations within mandatory rules and regulations. And, this holds good for any non-profit organisation despite its realm of service – local or nationwide. Charities are an important component of the nation’s progress and development. However, they also face challenges in terms of support from people and financial aid. This has stemmed mainly from the fact that a handful of organisations failed to adhere to the code of conduct of running a charity. When such dishonest conducts were revealed to the public, it created a sense of distrust towards charities. This negatively affected charities across the country even the genuine ones.

biggest challenge of an ngo

Talking specifically, The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a Non-profit organisation in India implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme across the country. Working in a Public-Private Partnership model, this charity has been striving to beat the hunger children in government and government-aided schools thereby eliminating classroom hunger and supporting education since the past 18 years. Currently, Akshaya Patra is providing nutritious school meals to more than 1.76 million children in over 14,000 schools located in 39 locations of 12 states. To implement this Scheme, the Foundation runs both centralised and decentralised kitchens so that it can cover schools in urban, semi-urban, and rural areas of the country.

Akshaya Patra has been recognised as the world’s largest NGO operated school lunch programme. Along with providing regular school meals, the Foundation has also begun a skill development programme for its beneficiaries under the initiative ‘Giving Every Dream a Chance’. The NGO aims to provide overall development to children so that they grow up to be healthy, educated, skilled, and confident. However, it is not possible to achieve this aim without the support of the society. Hence, this UK Charity has provided a broad platform for people to get involved with their cause. Volunteering, CSR partnerships, donations, campaigning are some of the many ways one can choose to support and advocate the cause of Akshaya Patra. The NGO has also created a secure, easy, and fast way to contribute funds for the cause through online fundraising. Akshaya Patra acknowledges each and every penny being donated and hence it diligently maintains financial transparency by publishing audited financial reports every year as part of its Annual Report. Akshaya Patra has also carved its place in the Hall of Fame of ICAI by winning the Gold Shield Award for five consecutive years. As a Charity, Akshaya Patra too has faced challenges but has sailed through it by maintaining transparency about its services, operations, and financials with all its stakeholders – external and internal.

Child NGO in India-The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Akshaya Patra is an NGO in India working for the cause of food and education of children. It implements the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in 40 locations of 12 states benefitting more than 1.76 million children on each school day. The NGO’s mission is to feed 5 million children by 2020.

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Traffic signals, food joints, bus stands and railway stations, pavements – if you have ever crossed any of the above, it wouldn’t be difficult for you to imagine children in tattered clothes trying to earn a living. It is such a common sight that we simply overlook and get ahead with our daily routine. But the fact is, it is an alarming condition that not only needs to be looked at but also worked on. It is important that we understand these children who are trying to earn a living are deprived of the basic rights to food and education. This means, they will grow up to be unhealthy, illiterate and unskilled; resulting in a generation that will be dependent on the resources of the country instead of being resourceful themselves – and the cycle of poverty-hunger-illiteracy will keep repeating itself.

Addressing this critical situation, the Government of India along with various NGOs have implemented many schemes and programmes such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Mid-Day Meal Scheme, and the like to support children from low socio-economic backgrounds. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one such NGO in India working for the upliftment and development of children. This NGO implements the Mid-Day Meal Scheme and supports education of children by providing freshly cooked nutritious meals in Government school and Government-aided schools. Akshaya Patra is one of the oldest mid-day meal NGOs with a service history of 18 years.
With a conscientious vision and mission of ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’, the Foundation began its journey in 2000. Since then, it has sustainably and strategically expanded its reach to benefit more and more children across the country. Presently, Akshaya Patra provides wholesome school lunch to 17,62,133 children studying in 14,702 schools. This meal acts as an incentive for parents to send their children to school instead of pushing them to the world of labour. The Mid-Day Meal Scheme has proved to be a potential intervention in eradicating classroom hunger, increasing enrollment and attendance, reducing drop-out rate, countering child labour, and upholding hopes and dreams of children. For many, school lunch is the only meal they get to eat for the whole day.

Support the efforts of Akshaya Patra. Donate for a child today and help the NGO to reach its goal of feeding 5 million children by 2020. Your contribution will tangibly change lives of millions of children in many positive ways. It will make them healthy, literate, and resourceful citizens of the nation in the near future.

What is the best way to make online donation in India?

online donation

The current era is ruled by the internet and has become the way of life. It has not only made accessibility to information easier but also has brought the whole world in our palm tops. Right from shopping, booking tickets, to conducting businesses and financial transactions, everything gets done at a click of a button. Hence, even charitable organisations like Akshaya Patra also encourage contribution of online donation.

Way back in 1750, Benjamin Franklin in a letter to his mother wrote, “I would rather have it said, ‘He lived usefully, than, ‘He died rich’.” Very thoughtful indeed and it puts the reader to ponder on it too! The daily humdrum of life keeps us so engaged that we hardly spare a moment to think beyond ourselves and or meeting our personal needs and goals. We don not even realise when we get into the never-ending rat race and by the time we realise, it’s too late. Thus, it becomes important that we include some activity in our regular routine that will help us remain grounded. And, one of the ways is to support or volunteer for charitable organisations.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an Indian NGO for children that provides nutritious school meals to children studying in Government and Government-aided schools. It is one of the oldest NGO in India to implement the school lunch programme and has been recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school lunch programme. The Foundation provides meals to more than 1.76 million children in 14,314 schools across 39 locations of 12 states. Over the years, Akshaya Patra has garnered support from all sections of the society and acknowledges that this support is crucial to benefit more children. Hence, the NGO has provided a broad platform for all its supporters to engage with the cause.

Undeniably, finance is an important aspect of any NGO. Akshaya Patra provides an easy, safe, and secure platform for people to contribute NGO donations online. Though a donor can choose to donate through a cheque or a Demand Draft, the Foundation encourages online donations purely due to ease and security. Akshaya Patra carefully and diligently utilises the donations and on an average, 92% of the total cost is used towards meeting the programme cost and 8% towards the programme management cost. Akshaya Patra’s induction to ICAI’s Hall of Fame is a testimony of its transparency and credibility.

While you ensure daily school meals of children by contributing towards the cause, it benefits you too. your contribution towards Akshaya Patra is considered as tax deductible donations. This means any donation of above Rs. 500 to Akshaya Patra will be eligible for 50% tax exemption under Section 80G of Income Tax Act. This way your act of generosity has a double benefit – for the children and for you too.

Well as Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. But, we make a life by what we give.” So, let your generosity flow and touch young lives who have the zeal to learn but lacks in resources. Your one click can uphold innumerable hopes across the country.

Make your special days more memorable!

Special occasions are many! And, we celebrate each one with much fervor and joy. While we share these joys with our close ones, can we also share it with few young children who may be so to say strangers? Well, there are many children for whom food and school are the best gifts ever! And, as you buy handpicked gifts for your loved ones, do give it a thought for these children too.

Celebrations are an important aspect of our lives. Aside from the main festivals that the whole country or the whole world celebrates, there are many personal occasions that are close to our hearts and we celebrate it with much excitement and joy. Each of us have so many special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, house warming etc. that if we really give it a thought there are innumerable reasons to celebrate. And, we celebrate these special occasions in many ways – get-togethers, exchanging gifts, going on holidays, and the like. But, did you know there are some of us who celebrate their special occasion with Akshaya Patra, an NGO for children?

NGOs work for various causes that directly impacts and uplifts the society and its residents making it a better place. From focussing on environmental causes, animal rights, child development, women empowerment, human rights, hunger and poverty, education, and more, NGOs touch upon all aspects of development and preservation. Despite different causes, the purpose of NGOs across all sectors remain same i.e. ‘to bring a positive and sustainable change in the immediate society and the world at large.’ Similarly, The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one of the pioneer NGOs to implement the Mid-Day Meal Programme with the vision ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’. It was established in 2000 and is headquartered in Bengaluru with active operations in 39 locations of 12 states in India. The Foundation provides freshly cooked, wholesome, and locally palatable school meals to 17,61,734 children studying in 14,314 Government schools and Government-aided schools.

With the objective to benefit more children, Akshaya Patra encourages people to extend support for the cause. It has provided a broad platform for engagement, one of them being ‘celebrate special occasion’. Yes, you can choose to share your joy of celebrating special occasions by supporting beneficiaries of Akshaya Patra, just like some generous supporters who have already included children to celebrate joys and show respect and honour to their loved ones:

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Mr. “For me, charity means sharing with my fellow human beings. I had once heard  Narayan Murthy talking about Akshaya Patra and its functioning. I liked the concept and hence got engaged with the NGO. I will keep donating a minimum of 10% of my salary to Akshaya Patra on special occasions such as on birthdays of my wife and sons, wedding anniversary of my parents and the like.” – Manoj Kumar, Marine Pilot, Reliance Port and Jamnagar Terminal Ltd., Sikka, Gujarat.

  • “I was totally satisfied, both with the method of disbursement and the target population. Instead of spending money on yearly rituals of my parents’ Death Anniversary, I donate the amount to Akshaya Patra. Money spent on God’s children should please the God anyway.” – Satyajit Chakraborty, Executive Director, Boiler Company, Kolkata.

In conclusion, offering charity is also a way of celebrating special days. It not only helps the needy but also brings goodwill to the giver. So, make your special days more memorable by choosing to donate to Akshaya Patra. And, as they say, ‘A joy shared is a joy doubled.’