Invoke the Spirit of Christmas by Hosting a Meal for a Child.

Akshaya Patra Donation

The three wise men gifted Lord Jesus Christ with gold, myrrh, and frankincense. It was an act of generosity and faith that lived throughout the ages to exist as the spirit of Christmas. The joy of gifting cannot be fathomed with words. It’s the first-hand experience that will bring you pure bliss. To bring you that delight, Akshaya Patra is celebrating the Season of Giving.

Akshaya Patra is conducting this event to bring innumerable smiles on the faces of young poor children. The aim of this gathering is to raise war against hunger. It will be held from December 21 to December 23 at DLF Cyberhub, Gurgaon. You can support the needy children with donations at this event. To celebrate the joy of giving, we have placed a huge Santa Claus doll at the DLF CyberHub. In collaboration with 92.7 Big FM, there will be fun activities that’ll rally the Christmas spirit in every heart. You’ll be provided with different toy balls to feed the Santa doll, based on how much you donate. An advance donation can be made here.

India is a land full of wonders and colors. Our daily routine keeps us too busy to care for the deprived children. Akshaya Patra aims to bring down the gap with this initiative. We feed over 1.6 million children across 11 states with our mid-day meal programme. With your assistance, these numbers can increase copiously. Apart from the mid-day meal plans, we help in disaster reliefs. Anganwadi meals sponsored by our NGO ensure infants and new mothers are nourished properly in places that lack facilities. To help unprivileged children, we facilitate educational drives, after-class tuitions, scholarships and life-skill classes. A healthy body is important, so we also conduct health camps. Our work is motivated by the beaming faces of thousands of children we see every day.

Akshaya Patra Foundation Ties Up With FreeCharge To Enable Digital Donations.

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The serene beauty of the winter season induces the zeal for sharing the joy and spread some smiles. However, during these cold weather months, life becomes even harder for the under-privileged people. Demonetization has drastically impacted the count of contributions received by the NGOs from keen donors.

In this scenario, Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF) has teamed up FreeCharge, India’s leading digital payments platform to enable digital donations through an app. FreeCharge has recently launched a feature, which has a “Donate” button on its app, through which FreeCharge users can make direct donations to Akshaya Patra Foundation and other prominent NGOs in the country.

Sundeep Talwar, Chief Marketing Officer – Akshaya Patra Foundation said, “Akshaya Patra is committed to remove classroom hunger and encourage the deserving children to pursue their education without hurdles.”

Talwar further added, “This new feature on the FreeCharge App is a great way for APF to connect with kind-hearted people who value the nation’s future and are willing to support the next generation. We are positive about garnering more support through this new platform and by leveraging technology we can broaden our impact.”

This donate feature will help the users to complete donations within 10-seconds in a hassle-free and secure manner. Donors will also be given tax certificates from the NGOs with reference to their donations.

Using digital wallets for charity is indeed a great idea that will help users do their bit for causes they care for, in a smooth manner.


5 Key Factors Behind The Success Of Akshaya Patra Foundation

On one usual day, peeping out of a window in Mayapur, a village near Calcutta, his Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Founder of ISKON) saw a group of children combating with street dogs over leftovers of food. After this upsetting incident, Swami Prabhupada promised to himself that no one within a 10-mile radius of their ISKCON center should remain hungry. This led to the establishment of Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF) in 2000.
Since its establishment, Akshaya Patra has become a renowned organization which feeds approximately 1.3 million children in 26 locations across 11 states of India, in alliance with more than 10,000 government schools through its mid-day meal programme. Through this initiative, APF provides motivation and nourishment to students for pursuing education for a better future. To understand what motivates and backs Akshaya Patra to achieve such huge targets, take an insight:

1. Find a bigger solution for a big problem
Around 45 million children are deprived of education in India due to poverty. These children typically end up doing menial jobs to feed their family. Without education they will always remain in poverty. Those who manage to attend the school stay on the breadline. This obstructs their learning process. It is a very crucial issue and Akshaya Patra has found a brilliant way out. They have created big and resourceful kitchens to serve as many people as possible. Their average kitchen is serving 50,000-100,000 children, while their biggest one in hubli serves 250,000 children.

2. Efficiency is the key

Akshaya Patra has left no stone unturned to redefine the concept of a community kitchen. They have silos of rice and daal, tubes that move the food from one floor to the other, workers who stringently check the quality of the food and prepare reports. Everything is well-organized which enables them to serve larger groups of people. Rightly, efficiency is the key to their success: no other organization in the world produces hygienic and good quality food at such lower costs. A typical meal comprises of rice, sambar, dal, chapattis, and curd; complete nourishment that helps children to focus better for enhancing their performances.

3. Behave like a company
Akshaya Patra is a fusion of two groups: ISKCON, a faith-based entity in India, having expertise in large scale cooking for devotees in its temples, and senior executives at Infosys together with other technology-based companies in India. In the beginning, they focused on manufacturing, innovation, supply chain and logistics to evaluate as much as possible. They always believed in the power of technology, and for that they built partnerships with renowned universities and technology companies to achieve supreme results.

4. No quality vs. quantity debate
To become a big organization, it not only involves achieving big numbers, but also providing solutions with a larger perspective. Akshaya Patra doesn’t compromise on quality of its meals to achieve larger quantity. APF ensures that each process is completely sustainable. In place of gas stoves, eco-friendly Oorjastoves are used in their kitchens. They also follow stringent policies in terms of keeping the place clean for serving only the best food to children in schools.

5. Dream big to achieve big
Akshaya Patra is an organization set up to grow. Apart from being cost efficient and professional, the organization must work to fulfill a long-term vision. APF believes that “No child in India shall remain deprived of education because of hunger,” and they are doing their utmost to make it achievable. At present, they are running the largest food distribution program in the world with an aim to distribute food to five million children by 2020. Considering their success so far, it is a dream that seems possible to achieve.

Akshaya Patra Join Hands With Government To Improve Quality Of Midday Meals

Karnataka has both public primary and public pre-primary schools which educate over 8 million children. However, the learning potentials of the children are below average which is quite alarming.

With an endeavor to deal with this hunger or micronutrient malnutrition, fortified rice will be served to 4.5 lakh students, under midday meal programme, across 2,600 government schools in Bengaluru Urban, Dharwad and Ballari districts.

Mr Tanveer Sait—Primary and Secondary Education Minister, signed an agreement with Akshaya Patra Foundation and Akshara Foundation, making an effort to improve the quality of midday meals and commencing math learning programmes in Government schools.

Under the three-year agreement with Akshara Foundation, the government will introduce Math Learning Programme for school children. To make this possible, the students will also be provided with a mathematics kit. At present, this programme has been executed in six districts of the state. The second phase will include regions like Bengaluru Rural, Chikkaballapura, Chamarajanagar, Chitradurga, Gadag and Dharwad; it will benefit over 1.29 lakh students across 4,149 schools.

“There are 34 educational districts in Karnataka and we are trying to cover the districts with the lowest educational levels to those with the highest education levels. We have already completed six districts and are starting with the next six,” said Tanveer Sait.

Teachers will undergo training sessions on how to use the Mathematics kit which will further enable them to teach the students properly.

Akshaya Patra- Igniting a spark of hope in the lives of underprivileged children

Indian NGO Akshaya Patra has brought about a positive change in the lives of a number of underprivileged children. Its mid-day meal programs aim at eliminating hunger-related needs of primary school children because the NGO believes that the fight against illiteracy cannot be fought with an empty stomach. The organization strives to ensure the welfare of underprivileged sections of society and eradicate the prevailing ills like hunger and poverty from the country. The effectiveness of the organization is well evident from the Akshaya Patra reviews and feedback online.

The mid-day meal served every day by Akshaya Patra at Padua high School in Mangaluru has positively impacted the lives of many. One such student at this school is Ravi Chandra, in Standard X. Talking about the mid-day program, Ravi said that the meal served by Akshaya Patra helps in building stamina for the body. He further added that he is able to read and write well after having the lunch.

Over the year, Ravi has taken his studies very seriously and is preparing for his SSLC exams which will be held in March, 2016. He hails from a low income background who hopes for a bright future through education. Financial difficulties stand as the major impediment in his way to choosing a career of his own choice; he is uncertain whether he can enrol in a course of his choice owing to his down-at-heel situation. For Ravi, it is financial difficulties that act as obstacles in his plans for the future.

Akshaya Patra garners positive reviews for its impeccable services

Indian NGO Akshaya Patra is globally acknowledged for its noble cause of eradicating hunger and poverty from the country. The organization has been successful in bringing about a positive change in the lives of many. It works towards eliminating hunger-related needs of primary school children because the NGO believes that the fight against illiteracy cannot be fought with an empty stomach. Its central objective is that ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.’ On an average, the organization provides mid day meals to around 1.4 million children every day. It aims at reaching around 5 million children by the year 2020.

Akshaya Patra has been well acknowledged for its noble cause in the form of various prestigious awards and titles. It has garnered great feedback for its impeccable services which is well evident from Akshaya Patra online reviews. The organization firmly believes that nutrition and education play a major role in transforming the lives of children struggling to survive against all odds. The ‘Stories of Hope’ section highlights the commendable services of Akshaya Patra and holds a mirror to how it is effective in serving mid-day meals to the students. Badal, a ten year old student of the Khadipada Primary School, Puri, Odisha has been a beneficiary of the Mid-Day Meal programme for five years. When asked about the Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal program and his favorite dish, Badal said that Kheer (an Indian sweet dish) is his favorite dish and he is quite fond of having other items too. He further appreciated the Mid-day meal programme stating that it should be there as it helps children.