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

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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.

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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.

 

L&T Infotech Teams Up With Akshaya Patra Foundation For Promoting Literacy.

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L&T Infotech has teamed up with Akshaya Patra Foundation for supporting a noble cause for promoting literacy. The alliance aims to educate 10,000 children studying in 35 government schools in and around this city.

As part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative by L&T Infotech, the company has proposed to sponsor mid-day meals of these children and provide a conveyance to bring the cooked food to the schools in a timely manner.

“The primary objective of this alliance is to encourage high school attendance, surge national literacy rates, decrease dropout rates and also to ensure that the children are well-nourished,” said Shridhar Venkat, CEO of Akshaya Patra. Further to this, the companies have signed an official memorandum of understanding (MOU) towards fulfilling the initiative. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO which runs the Mid-Day Meal Programme for Government and Government-aided school children.

 

2016: Akshaya Patra Foundation Organizes Annual Photography Contest – Click A Smile!

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The Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF) brings back its acclaimed annual photography contest – Click A Smile! This contest welcomes entries from photography enthusiasts, amateur shutterbugs and professionals – worldwide. The theme is based on striking photographs that capture the joy and innocence of a child’s smile, in any setting, ranging from school, home, playground or the neighbourhood.

In 2015, “Click A Smile” saw a great response, with over 1,700 entries from 80 countries, is all set to be a bigger success in 2016, growing with zealous participation every year. The entries will be judged by a panel of well-known industry experts, who will select the winners. These winners will be given trophies, certificates and gift vouchers. The enthusiasts can mark their participations from November 20, 2016 to December 23, 2016, by uploading their best three photographs with suitable captions.

  • Contest Name: Click a Smile
  • Description: Contestants must submit up to three photographs clicked by them. The photographs can be either in color or black and white.
  • Theme: A smiling child or a group of happy children
  • Copyright: Copyright for images remains with the respective entrants
  • Usage rights: The Akshaya Patra Foundation has the right to use the images of all entries submitted for marketing & promotional purposes
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Competition dates: November 20, 2016 to December 23, 2016
  • Who can participate: Open to all photographers worldwide
  • Image Specifications: JPEG images less than 4 MB in size and should have a minimum resolution of 800 pixels.
  • Prizes: Trophy & Gift Voucher
  • Website link: http://www.akshayapatra.org/click-a-smile

Don’t miss this golden opportunity to showcase your talent to the world. You can contribute in spreading the light emanating from the innocent smiles of children. Register Now!

 

 

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.