Do you know what it feels like to be starving? Have you felt the cramps in your stomach when it’s empty? Whether or not, you have experienced this, lakhs of children across India live this reality each day! Akshaya Patra, an NGO is striving committedly to alter this reality for these children.
When was the last time you did not receive or eat your meal on time? When was the last time you got those hunger cramps in your stomach? When was the last time you really had to go out of your way to get some food? How did you feel when your stomach was empty?
All these questions may either seem relevant to you or it may be completely irrelevant to you. But, the point is, lakhs of children across India wake up to hunger and go back to sleep in hunger! These children are living each day without the assurance of something as basic as food. At a tender age, their mind and heart revolve around the worry of ‘Will I get something to eat today?’ At a time when they should be playing, making friends, attending school, exploring and learning new things, their childhood is spent in looking for ways to quieten the hunger pangs. So, are we doing anything to liberate these children from this grim situation?
Read more: https://medium.com/@akshayapatraindia/the-dance-of-hunger-e720b9136a37
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is recognised as the world’s largest NGO-run school lunch programme. It is an Indian NGO implementing the Mid-Day Meal Programme across 12 states in India covering more than 14,000 government schools in 36 locations. Over the past 17 years, with the vision of ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’, this charitable trust has impacted lives of over 1.7 million school going children. Strategic planning, execution, and its operational model of Public-Private Partnership have contributed to Akshaya Patra’s sustainability and expansion. It has been continuously progressing towards its mission of ‘feeding 5 million children by 2020’. Each year the NGO plans futuristically and steers its efforts to achieve it. As the journey for the new fiscal begins, here are the highlights of the past Financial Year 2017-18:
In keeping with two of its core values – accountability and transparency, Akshaya Patra discloses its audited financial statements and operational progress of every financial year in the form of Annual Reports. The NGO Annual Report updates all its stakeholders on its overall developments and achievements along with stating the plans for the next fiscal. Each year, the Foundation’s Annual Reports have received much appreciation at the global and national platforms. During 2017-18, the report received the prestigious:
- Golden Shield Award 2017 for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).
- PRCI Collateral Awards 2017 at the 11th Global Communication Conclave.
With respect to operations, Akshaya Patra expanded its reach to nine more locations across the country:
This Indian NGO is leaving no stone unturned to maximise the impact of the Mid-Day Meal Programme. And, the progress by far affirms that the Foundation will continue to move ahead and transform lives of children to create generations of healthy and confident citizens.
Read our beneficiaries hope stories at: https://www.akshayapatra.org/stories-of-children
The Akshaya Patra Foundation will be hosting a three-day training workshop in Vrindavan from 28th to 30th December, 2014. This workshop will be held for the participants from the Institute of Secretariat Training & Management (ISTM), New Delhi. The workshop has already been hosted in Bangalore from 21st to 23rd December.
Akshaya Patra has undertaken this workshop to provide the participants with a glimpse into the working of a non-profit organisation like Akshaya Patra, as well as other NGOs in the industry too.
The workshop which covered an extensive array of topics touched upon some crucial subjects like NGOs as a pressure group, the role of stakeholder participation, the importance of Government schemes, Government partnerships with NGOs and their ability to implement schemes, the important role NGOs play in strengthening groups, critical talking points in policy formation and a host of other relevant subjects.
During the workshop in Vrindavan the participants will be taken on an exposure visit to the Akshaya Patra kitchen as well as visits to NGOs in the area. During the exposure visit in Bangalore, the participants were taken to the Vasanthapura kitchen to view the operations process followed by a visit to an Akshaya Patra beneficiary school.
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All it takes is the right teacher to transform a school. The Akshaya Patra Foundation provides food for education to over 1.3 million children in government schools across India. This acts as an incentive to bring children to school, but it is some special teachers like G Ranganath, Head Master of the Government High School at Policy Colony, who make all the difference to the student’s lives. Every Saturday Ranganath plays ‘I am Kalam’ an inspirational Bollywood film on the importance of education, in his school. Continue reading