AKSHAYA PATRA HOSTS 3 BLOOD DONATION CAMPS

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Aside from working to eliminate classroom hunger in India, Akshaya Patra also tries to provide its services to other agencies in need of assistance.

Recently Akshaya Patra conducted three blood donation camps in Karnataka to support hospitals in the area.

The first blood camp was held on 25th June, 2014 at HK Hill with 56 participants donating blood to the programme.

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On 13th November, 2014 the blood camp at Bellary brought in a total of 50 donors.

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The blood camp at the Vasanthapura (VK Hill) was undertaken on 29th November, 2014 in association with ESI Hospital. A total number of 59 donors participated in the programme.

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We are thrilled to have been given an opportunity to provide assistance to such a worthy cause. We look forward to when we can next contribute in any way we can.

5th win at SAFA Awards!!

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Akshaya Patra has won the SAFA Best Presented Annual Report Awards 2013 in the Non-Governmental Organizations (including NPOs) category! In this highly illustrious contest evaluated by SAFA (South Asian Federation of Accountants), Akshaya Patra has come first, ahead of all the SAARC countries participating. This exemplifies the excellent standards that the Foundation continues to maintain in its financial accounting.

The award was conferred to Akshaya Patra on 4th December in Bhubaneshwar, and was accepted by Achytya Krishna, on behalf of the organisation. The Annual Report was evaluated based on certain stringent criteria like Improvement in Transparency, Accountability and Governance shown in the entries submitted by the South Asian countries.

Expressing his pleasure over receiving the award Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice-Chairman of Akshaya Patra said, “We are honoured to have received this prestigious award, SAFA Best Presented Annual Report Awards 2013. This is indeed a testimony to our adherence to the highest standards of governance philosophy and our continuous strive for excellence by adopting the best practices. The award encourages us to keep performing efficiently and ethically”.

SAFA is a platform for professional accountancy agencies to work towards the continued progression and distinction of the accountancy profession in the SAARC region. This is the fifth time that Akshaya Patra is receiving a SAFA Award.

CII Food Safety Awards airing on Zee Business

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CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) held the Awards Ceremony of National Awards for Food Safety 2014 as part of the 9th National Food Safety and Quality Summit on 2nd December, 2014. The awards ceremony was covered by Zee Business and will be aired for half an hour on the following dates and times:

20th December (Saturday): 3.30 p.m.
21st December (Sunday): 5.30 p.m.

Akshaya Patra’s VK Hill kitchen was conferred the highest award of ‘Outstanding Performance in Food Safety’ and the Hubli kitchen received the 2nd highest award of ‘Certificate of Commendation for Significant Achievement in Food Safety’.

Tune in to the Zee Business Channel to watch the coverage.

Akshaya Patra, a charitable trust in India

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When one surfs the internet he finds a number of charitable trusts in India alone. Of the many trusts some are involved in providing mid-day meal in India. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a charitable trust in India implementing the mid-day meal programme. This charitable trust in India has been functional since June 2000. In its journey of 14 years, it has served mid-day meal to 1.4 million children across more than 10, 600 Government schools in India. Akshaya Patra is present in 23 locations across states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Assam, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
This charitable trust in India functions in Public-Private Partnership model. It receives grants and subsidies from the Central Government and various State Governments. The Foundation is also eligible to raise funds in the form of donations to sustain and expand the programme in other locations of India. Apart from the primary cause of providingmid-day meal in India, this charitable trust in India is also engaged in other initiatives as mentioned below:
Other feeding initiatives of Akshaya Patra:

a) Anganwadi feeding
b) Feeding expecting and lactating mothers
c) Feeding in special schools
d) Subsidised lunch for the economically backward
e) Feeding runaway children
f) Feeding in old-age homes
g) Feeding the homeless
h) Disaster relief

Social initiatives of Akshaya Patra:
a) After-class tuitions
b) Life skills programme
c) Community health camps
d) Scholarship programmes
e) Health check-up camps

In order to evaluate the progress of the mid-day meal programme in impacting the lives of the underserved children,Akshaya Patra has conducted many impact studies. The summary of the studies can be availed at Impact Study. These studies evaluated the extent to which this charitable trust in India has been successful in achieving the six main objectives of the Central Mid-Day Meal Scheme as mentioned below:

o Eliminating classroom hunger
o Increasing school enrolment
o Increasing school attendance
o Improving socialisation among communities
o Addressing malnutrition, and
o Women empowerment
Everyone has their own reason to donate to charity in India or elsewhere. The reasons mainly depend upon the individual’s interest and potential of a particular cause. Over time, NGOs have evolved many innovative ideas of fundraising. Fundraise with us and Fundraising ideas are two sections of Akshaya Patra that will provide a list of interesting activities that can be done to raise donations while creating awareness about the cause. In present times, one can choose either offline or online medium to donate to charity in India. Apart from choosing to donate to charity in India, one can also choose to contribute to the mid-day meal programme in India through their time and skill, i.e. through volunteering. Get involved will provide various volunteering options to choose from for the benefit of the children. Read millions of heart warming tales of the young beneficiaries at Stories of hope. Their stories may be different but what’s common is the determination to achieve their dreams.
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Akshaya Patra gets award for excellence in financial reporting

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Madu Pandit Dasa (left), Chairman, Akshaya Patra, and Chanchalapati Dasa, Vice-Chairman, Akshaya Patra, displaying the award.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation has been awarded the Gold Shield and Hall of Fame by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the year 2012-13.

The foundation has been awarded under the Category XI Not-for-Profit Sector.

Manish Tiwari, Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, and Justice G.S. Sistani, Judge, Delhi High Court, presented the award at a function held in New Delhi.

This is the fifth consecutive year Akshaya Patra has won the Gold Shield and is in the Hall of Fame now. Hall of Fame is awarded to an entity who has been a winner of Gold Shield for five consecutive years under the same category.

Since inception (1958) of this award, only two organisations have won the Hall of Fame and in the Not-for-Profit sector, Akshaya Patra is the first NGO to receive the Hall of Fame.

Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, said: “The Governance philosophy of Akshaya Patra Foundation refers to a set of regulations and good practices that enabled us to maintain transparency, accountability and create value for all our stakeholders. We had and we will continue to adhere to the world-class accounting standards and norms.”

Akshaya Patra opens a new kitchen at Jodhpur

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is thrilled to announce the opening of its 22nd kitchen in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Operational since August 2013, this centralised kitchen caters to a total of 12,139 school children across 147 government and Madrasa schools.

This latest addition brings the total division of Akshaya Patra kitchens to 20 centralised and 2 decentralised kitchens across India. Jodhpur marks the fourth kitchen opened by Akshaya Patra in the state of Rajasthan, now increasing the total feeding figures of the state to 135,910 school children across 1,830 schools every day.

Being a centralised kitchen, this location will have the operational capacity to undertake large scale feeding as can be seen by the large volume of children benefitting from this new venture. All the Akshaya Patra kitchens utilise Food Safety Management Systems making sure of safe handling, preparation and delivery of the tasty, nutritious mid-day meals to the schools. The kitchen is highly mechanised ensuring that high standards of quality and hygiene are maintained at all times by lowering the opportunity for any human contact with the food.

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation believes that no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger. Today Akshaya Patra is reaching out to over 1.3 million children across 10,631 government schools every day. This latest kitchen at Jodhpur marks a significant step toward fulfilling Akshaya Patra’s mission of feeding 5 million children by 2020.

Akshaya Patra can only grow with the support and dedication of its well-wishers. If you wish to help the children in need, donate or volunteer with The Akshaya Patra Foundation, and help provide Food for Education to the young ones in need.

FOOD CONTAMINATION AT AKSHAYA PATRA KITCHEN RULED OUT

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Public Health Institute (PHI) report confirms food was safe.

It may be recalled that on Friday, September 19, 2014, some students of Government Urdu Higher Primary School, DJ Halli, Bangalore, had complained of stomach ache and vomiting. As reported in the media, about 350 students were rushed to Dr B R Ambedkar Medical College & Hospital. The students were under observation for a few hours and all of them were discharged the same evening as there were no serious medical issues.

The leftover of the food from the school was sent for investigation to the State Public Health Institute (PHI). Today the PHI has released their report and has said that the count of E-Coli and Coliform pathogens are within safe limits (PHI report enclosed).

The media hadalso reported that a dead lizard was found in one of the rice container in the school on Sept 19th. The PHI report also says that there were no traces of Salmonella bacteria, which is associated with lizard poisoning.

Akshaya Patra has a protocol for testing& documenting the ingredients that are used in it’s kitchens on a periodic basis from certified NABL accredited laboratories apart from following well established in-house quality control protocols .

Akshaya Patra reaffirms its commitment to provide safe nutritious food to the school going children. Akshaya Patra kitchens are ISO 22000 certified, which involves Good Hygiene practices (GHP), Good House-keeping practices, Good manufacturing practices,strict documentation of the various stages of production process, tracking all critical points in the process flow, periodic training of kitchen staff on safe food handling, etc.

Akshaya Patra also affirms a culture of continuous improvement to make the food served daily to children is safe, nutritious and tasty. In the entire Akshaya Patra cooking process there is minimum human handling to ensure hygiene and food safety.

Akshaya Patra invites government officials, school teachers, public leaders, media representatives, etc. to make a visit to the kitchen, with or without prior notice, to understand the process and precautions we follow. We also welcome any suggestions for further improvement.

Akshaya Patra requests the support of the government, donors and media in our humble efforts to serve school-going children with mid-day meals and support their nutrition and education.