; The Akshaya Patra Foundation has reached another milestone with the inauguration of the phase-2 of the Mangalore kitchen by B.Ramanath Rai, Honourable Minister for Forest, Ecology & Environment, Govt. of Karnataka. B.A. Mohiuddin Bava, MLA, Mangalore (North) and Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation and Karunya Sagar Dasa, President, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Mangalore were also present on this occasion. The event was planned in a three phased manner.
In the first phase, it was a vehicle inauguration & flagging off ceremony by the B Ramanath Rai along with B.A. Mohiuddin Bava in Srinivasa School. In the second phase, the Akshaya Patra Foundation identified & awarded 10 students who have excelled in the State Board examination this year. These programmes were held at Srinivasa Lower Primary school – one of the Akshaya Patra beneficiary schools. The third and final ceremony witnessed the inauguration of the kitchen by B.Ramanath Rai & a kitchen tour along with the Akshaya Patra officials
Speaking during the occasion, B.Ramanath Rai said “Our country cannot progress in the right direction until & unless our children are educated & healthy. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is doing a commendable job by eradicating classroom hunger & thus promoting education “. “Currently Akshaya Patra is feeding 23000 kids in Mangalore. The govt will provide support to increase the number to a lakh in coming days.” said Mohiuddin Bava.
Thanking the central and the state government on whose partnership the mid-day meal programme is implemented, Madhu Pandit Dasa said “Education gives the confidence to dream and achieve. It has the potential to break the recurring cycle of poverty and promote self-sustainability. The journey, the seed of Akshaya Patra was sown 14 years back & now it has grown to a tree. All this was possible because of the generous support of all our stakeholders. We hope to continue this journey & reach our mission to feed 5 million children by 2020 across India.
About Akshaya Patra Foundation:
The Akshaya Patra Foundation a secular non-profit organization is in a public private partnership with the Indian government, which implements the world’s largest NGO managed mid-day meal programme. Akshaya Patra feeds around 1.3 million children on all school working days and the Foundation’s work has created a very wide ranging social impact among the children of poor and marginalized communities who go to government schools in India.
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