SBI Foundation donates towards hot insulated vessels

Akshaya Patra

On March 27, 2017, Akshaya Patra received a cheque of Rs 88 lakhs from CSR wing of State Bank of India (SBI) which will be invested towards 1,250 hot insulated vessels. The vessels, customised to maintain food temperature for several hours, will be distributed in Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Guwahati and Nathdwara kitchens.

The event was held at ISKCON, Bengaluru in the presence of Mr R Narottham Reddy, President and Chief Operating Officer, SBI Foundation. During the event, he stressed on the need to eliminate malnutrition in the country. “We are proud to be partnering with Akshaya Patra which is working towards eradicating malnutrition in India, and happy that these Hot Insulated Vessels will be instrumental in delivering hot and nutritious meal to the children. We look forward to a long term association with the Foundation,” he said.

Acharya Ratna Dasa, Chief Project Manager, Akshaya Patra said “We are overwhelmed by the support from SBI Foundation. We take pride in being the first NGO to receive aid by SBI Foundation and we profusely thank them for associating with us.”

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.

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!

 

 

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.

Biography of Srila Prabhupada

Mahasadhaka, the biography of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Founder-Acharya of International Society for Krishna Consciousness) was released by His Excellency Sri Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, Governor of Karnataka. The release took place on 27th of September at Hare Krishna Hill, Bengaluru. Present at the book release were His Holiness  Sri Vishwesha Tirtha Swamiji of Pejawar Math and Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa, President, ISKCON Bangalore graced the occasion. Dr. Chandrashekhara Kambara, a well-known writer and Jnanpith awardee was the Guest of Honor.

Governor Vajubhai Vala related the decline in societal values to the lack of religious feelings among people. He said, “It is time to cultivate religious feelings in oneself. At the same time, it is also essential to let go of blind faith. This will help alleviate the degenerating situation in the society today. The present education can give only technical knowledge but it doesn’t teach any samskara.”
He further elaborated that qualities like satya, ahimsa, aparigraha, etc., are integral part of Indian culture.  He also speak of the glory of the Bhagavad-gita, mentioning it as a book that stands above and apart from all the books.
According to Madhu Pandit Dasa, Mahasadhaka lends a glimpse into Srila Prabhupada’s life in India before he set out on an odyssey to the West on his mission and the years he spent all over the world spreading the teachings of Krishna. He revered as the story of one of the greatest spiritual leaders.
Speaking on the occasion, the author, Dr. Babu Krishnamurthy expressed his great happiness at having worked on the biography of Srila Prabhupada saying that it was the greatest and most marvelous moments in his life.
Madhu Pandit Dasa also mentioned spoke about the humility of Srila Prabhupada. He said that Srila Prabhupada never promoted himself anywhere for he was a selfless man. He said that Srila Prabhupada is truly an ambassador of Lord Krishna from the spiritual world and that Mahasadhaka is offered to him as a token of honor and appreciation.

Madhu Pandit Dasa talks about construction details of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir

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Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, world’s tallest skyscraper temple is already under construction. The work on this temple began on Janmashtami, 18th August 2014, in Vrindavan. The temple would house a tall iconic skyscraper tower. The site of the temple is in Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg (formerly called Chhatikara Road); the main access to Vrindavan on the Delhi-Agra Highway. Madhu Pandit Dasa thinks that such strategic location would bring in huge number of devotees to the temple.

On the auspicious day of Janmashtami, work for RCC piling began on the site. The work was inaugurated in the auspicious presence of Shree Guru Sharanandaji Maharaj and Mrs. Hema Malini, Member of Parliament. Madhu Pandit Dasa regards this phase of work as the most integral one to the project as a temple this massive needs piles to have a sturdy ground foundation. The temple would need around 500 piles of 4ft. in dia, going as deep as 60m in ground. Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir would stand 210 metres tall. To draw a reference, people should know that Qutub Minar is 72.5 m tall.

Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir would sprawl across an area of 5 acres and surrounded by forests of Braj conceived by the devotees of ISKCON-Bangalore.

Salient Features of the project

  • 210 meters or 700 ft. in height (70 storey)
  • A capsule elevator takes visitors from the ground level to the 700 ft. tall Viewing Gallery giving an immersive 3D sound and light experience of the different planetary systems described in the Vedic literatures.
  • A look-alike of the verdant forests of Vrindavan will be recreated around this magnificent temple from descriptions in the Srimad-Bhagavatam; sprawling 26 acres it will consist of the twelve forests (dvadasha kanana) of Braj.
  • Krishna Lila Theme Park attractions will include Themed story telling areas, musical fountains, garden lawn and water features, Yamuna creek for boating experience, Braj heritage village and goshala to recreate the atmosphere of Vrindavan of Lord Krishna.
  • Krishna Heritage museum, Bhagavad-gita Expo, Lecture halls, centre for Krishna heritage studies to ignite minds about Lord Krishna.

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.