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.

 

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Akshaya Patra rewarded for Excellence in their field at International ARC Awards 2015

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Akshaya Patra Foundation, a nonprofit organization with its headquarters in Bengaluru, is globally acknowledged for its noble cause of eliminating hunger and malnutrition in India. Akshaya Patra Foundation aims that ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’ and looks forward to reach out to 5 million children by the year 2020. In less than 15 years, Akshaya Patra Foundation has gained considerable success in eliminating hunger , child malnourishment, child mortality, illiteracy, poverty and is considered as one of the most effective NGOs.
‘The Fab Five Superheroes’; the annual report of Akshaya Patra 2013-14 won the Silver award under the ‘Foundation’ category of Non-Traditional Annual Reports at the 2015 International ARC Awards. The ARC Awards; the international competition honoring outstanding achievements in Annual reports had 2,065 entries from different countries. It was first started in 1987 by MerComm Inc. and and recognizes the achievements of publicly-held Corporations, privately-owned companies, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and associations.
The noble cause and achievements of Akshaya Patra were acknowledged in the form of Grand Award in the best of International category (Mid-East/India). The organization was also awarded Gold Award in 2013 and 2014 for its annual reports at ARC awards. The annual report of Akshaya Patra; ‘The Fab Five Superheroes’ brings forth the noble cause of the organization which is to ensure the basic amenities like nutrition and education. It is not just limited to present the account of progress of the organization but also highlights the power of nutrition and education in transforming the lives of five kids who are struggling to survive against all odds. The annual reports of the organizations in ARC awards are judged on the parameters and key elements like how the story of the organization is presented, the use of creativity in presenting the contents, clarity and transparency in thoughts, ideas and writing, effectiveness and efficiency of the organization, representation of figures and financial data and clarity in the expression of organization’s ethos and beliefs.

Boy with the iron fist

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Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Zilla Parishad High School in Kanukunta village, Jinnaram Mandal in Medak district, Hyderabad is a cheerful place to be. It’s here we meet Kiran, a 15-year-old boy who wants to make a difference in this world. Kiran is a 10th standard Akshaya Patra beneficiary who has a firm determination to join the police force with a moral virtue to serve and protect the public.

Kiran is born and brought up in Kanukunta village. His family is into agriculture and owns a small plot. His parents work as farmers to earn their livelihood. He has an older brother who is married and also practices farming. While Kiran projects an energetic boldness, he has a humble personality. “When I join the police force, I wish to serve the public wholeheartedly. I want to fulfil this for my family. I know I have to work hard to achieve this,” says a confident Kiran.

Kiran is happy to show his appreciation toward the Akshaya Patra meals, and tells us that he and his friends are fond of the food. “I like the fruits also,” said Kiran (Fruits are provided to various schools in Hyderabad by Akshaya Patra).

Kiran is fluent in Telegu. He is quick to tell us that he likes mathematics. He points out that learning his state’s language is important to him to communicate with people, especially if he has to join the police force.

Kiran looks forward to joining the police service as soon as he completes his education. “I will do my further studies and then write the IPS exam,” he says.
Kiran’s moral disposition boosts his willpower to reach his dreams of become a public servant of the country. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

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.

VK Hill and Hubli kitchens bag CII National Food Safety Awards 2014!

 

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Akshaya Patra’s Hubli and Vasanthapura(VK Hill) kitchens have been awarded the coveted CII National Award for Food Safety – 2014! The awards were presented at the 9th Food Safety and Quality Summit held in New Delhi on December 2nd, 2014.

The VK Hill kitchen received the highest position of Outstanding Performance in Food Safety, and the Hubli kitchen received the award for the 2nd highest position of Certificate of Commendation for Significant Achievement in Food Safety.

The award was conferred to Akshaya Patra by K. Chandramouli, Chairman, Food Safety & Standards Authority of India. Also present on the occasion were Mayank Jalan, Co-Chairman, Food Processing Committee and Chairman and Managing Director, Keventer Agro Limited and Kevin D. Gallagher, FAO India representative. Receiving the award on behalf of Akshaya Patra were Muralidhar Pundla, Yagneshwara Dasa, Suresh Kumar, Arun Kumar and Prashanth MB.

The CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) National Award for Food Safety was introduced in 2010, and now includes social and improvement undertakings, and goes beyond good manufacturing practices and management of food safety systems. Large, medium, small and micro sized food manufacturing units, hotels, restaurants and retail outfits dealing with food products are eligible to compete for this award.

The award highlights role models and identifies the ‘Best in Class’ in the manufacturing and food service organisations of India. It provides such organisations a platform for national recognition, and also allows participants to assimilate benchmark practices for future development.

Speaking on the occasion, Muralidhar Pundla, Director – Quality at Akshaya Patra said, “Quality is of paramount importance at Akshaya Patra. It’s an honour to receive this prestigious award from CII and that too, two awards in a single year. We at Akshaya Patra at the same time would like to keep our focus on Continual Improvement Programs to further strengthen our systems and processes to make sure that we can serve more children meals that they can relish every day.”

The kitchens were assessed based on approximately 500 indicators, divided over four categories. The criteria of evaluation ranged over topics like organisation efforts towards change management, compliance to statutory and regulatory requirements, commitment to the effective maintenance of Food Safety Management Systems, and use of Good Manufacturing Practices, amongst others.

In 2013, the Akshaya Patra Bellary kitchen received the CII National Award for Food Safety ‘for its holistic approach in establishing, running and managing efficiently the Food Safety and Quality Systems.’

 

 

 

Platinum win at 3rd Annual Convention and Competition of Lean Six Sigma

Akshaya Patra, Gujarat won the Platinum award in the first category at the 3rd Annakshayapatraual Convention and Competition of Lean Six Sigma. The event attended by about 500 people from India and abroad was hosted on 9th October by Concept Business Excellence Pvt. Ltd, Vadodara.

About 40 case studies by leading manufacturing companies were put forward in the session on Lean Six Sigma tools, from which Akshaya Patra was the first and only NGO to participate in the session. The Foundation received a standing ovation from the competition’s esteemed judges and audience for their case study. Along with Akshaya Patra, there were two other Platinum award winners in the first category.

The other award categories were Diamond and Gold awards.

The Chief Guest of the event was Dr. Per Petersson, Senior Partner, Lean management coach and author; Guest of Honour was Dan Blucher, Senior Partner, Lean management coach and author, with Guest Speaker Sandesh Kadam, Site President, Reliance Industries Limited at Silvassa. Receiving the award on behalf of Akshaya Patra were Tushar Dange, Amarnath Sharma, Amrit Sahoo, Puneet Tripathi and Ajay Wagh.

The theme for this year’s event was ‘Lean Six Sigma for Global Competitiveness’. Global Competitiveness here refers to India’s best performance across economic, social and environmental conditions. It encourages data driven policy based on evidences, identification of good practices, and improvement in statistical standards, amongst others. In line with this a Lean Six Sigma approach enables organisations to produce a product/service better by eliminating redundancy, decreasing output time, reducing wastage and developing a zero defect product.

The project which was implemented in Surat achieved the reduction of cooking gas cost by 10 per cent, and streamlined certain processes like raw material flow to the machine, and optimisation of baking temperature and machine speed. In fact the kitchen team achieved four to five times the goal they had set for the project.

This annual convention provided a platform for a wide cross section of industrialists from varying leading companies to discuss real life case studies on how Lean and Six Sigma practices will help streamline and enhance a company’s results. It is an honour for Akshaya Patra to be a part of this programme and receive this illustrious award.

‘The Possibilities’ – A film by Akshaya Patra

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‘One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood’. – Agatha Christie

Agreed.Childhood is those years of life which are cherished by most of us, but the story is not same in many cases. Akshaya Patra captures an overview on its latest film – ‘The Possibilities.’ This compelling film brings to fore the plight children go through when they are not presented with a childhood they deserve.The film will be released on the eve of Children’s Day – 13th November, 2014.

‘The Possibilities’ portrays various struggles the child protagonist undergoes in order to survive. And how just one wholesome mid-day meal served every day at school can change his life.

  1. R. Rahman and Viacom/MTV have kindly offered the famous soundtrack ‘Naan Yen Piranthen’ as background music for the film. The child’s role is performed by Chetan, a Malayalam child artist. The film is expected to reach millions bringing their attention to possibilities in life of a child who is affected by hunger and how mid-day meals can change it.

The Possibilities’ relays a strong message about the importance of the mid-day programme. We believe the film will touch many hearts and bring nutritious food to more underserved children of our nation. We are immensely delighted and honoured as the legendary musician; Mr. A. R. Rahman has kindly agreed to donate his popular track ‘Naan Yen…’ as a background track enhancing the impact of the film. We are also grateful to Viacom/ MTV for helping us use the track for the benefit of children. The music complements the essence of the film and sends out a powerful message,” said Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice Chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation, an NGO headquartered in Bangalore, implements mid-day meal program in partnership with Government of India and various State Governments. The organisation is commended for its hygienically prepared nutritious food. This world largest (NGO run) mid-day meals program reach 1.4 million children from over 10,000 schools across 10 states in India.

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Not everything is in our hands to change in a child’s life.