One of the Non-Government Organisations (NGO) that I have been highly impressed with is Akshay Patra, which has its headquarters in Bengaluru ( earlier known as Bangalore) in India. Their byline, “Unlimited Food for Education” reflects what they do to serve society. This program seeks to realize the vision that “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.”
As a result, they focus on providing nutritious mid-day meals to school children in Government schools, often under privileged children for whom this mid-day meal means a lot. It is sometimes one of the main reasons why the children attend school.
The program has grown over the years, incorporating new technologies, adding best practices and tighter quality standards and today caters to 1.4 million children (2014) as against 1,500 when it commenced operations in 2000.
This video on YouTube describes succinctly what the scheme is all about and how you can help.
Akshay Patra does get some financial assistance from the Government but depends on support from well-wishers and donors. I would urge you to consider making a donation to help those who are less fortunate than you are. Only Rs 750 ( a mere $11) can feed a child with mid-day meals for a year. Find out how, here.
Today Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) mid-day meal programme serving wholesome food to over 1.4 million children from 10,845 schools across 10 states in India.
Join me, and thousands of others like me, who support this noble cause. Our children deserve a better future. Do your bit to help them.