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.

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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.

 

Foundation laid for first high-tech mega kitchen in Telangana.

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Akshaya Patra and the Infosys Foundation are a step closer to building Telangana’s first high-tech, Centralised Mega Kitchen in Khandi, as they laid its foundation stone on December 7, 2016. The Infosys Foundation has donated Rs 18.03 crores, generously committing to cover the entire construction cost of this kitchen, which will use highly advanced technology. Over 1,00,000 children in Telangana will avail be fed nutritious mid-day meals prepared in this kitchen, beginning the next academic year.

The Bhoomi Puja was attended by Shri T Harish Rao, Honourable Minister for Irrigation, Marketing & Legislative Affairs of Telangana; Smt Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation;  Shri K. Prabhakar Reddy, Member of Parliament, Medak;  Shri C Prabhakar, MLA, Sangareddy; Smt Ranjeev Acharya, IAS – Principal Secretary, Education Department; Shri K Manicka Raj, IAS – District Collector, Sangareddy;  Shri  Jagadeeshwar, IAS – Secretary of Government, Women, Children, Disabled & Senior Citizens Department; Smt Viziendira Boyi, IAS –  Director, Women & Children Development Department;  Smt Lanka Chandrakala, DEO, Sangareddy, Smt P Umarani, Sarpanch, Sangareddy; and Shri G Krishnan, IAS – Director School Education.

Mid-Day Meal NGO in Gujarat

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Gujarat is one of the key locations where The Akshaya Patra Foundation implements the mid-day meal scheme. Serving as a NGO in Gujarat, the Foundation feeds 400,158 children across 1,653 Government schools covering Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat. Seeing the positive impact of the mid-day meal scheme and the need to make it available to more children, the Foundation recently inaugurated its Ahmedabad kitchen. This kitchen will replace the NGO’s Gandhinagar kitchen and is one of the largest kitchens of its kind in the country. With this kitchen, the NGO in Gujarat will provide free school meal to the children of both Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar districts. It was a strategic move to open the new kitchen without hindering the mid-day meal distribution for the existing beneficiaries of Gandhinagar.

This NGO in Gujarat has centralised kitchen facility in all the three serving locations of Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat. The kitchen-wise reach of the NGO in Gujarat are as follows: Ahmedabad kitchen serves 121,508 children across 666 Government schools; Vadodara kitchen feeds 113,593 in 616 Government schools and Surat kitchen provides mid-day meal to 165,057 across 371 Government schools. The mid-day meal scheme has shown various positive impacts on the lives of millions of children in Gujarat and across all serving states and locations. Witnessing the significance, Akshaya Patra aims to expand its operations in many more locations in the near future.
However, it is sure that the NGO will require extensive support from the Government and society too. Like any other NGO, donations received by Akshaya Patra are also immensely significant and helpful. Strategic planning and management of the mid-day meal scheme implementation has enabled Akshaya Patra to invest 82% of the total cost as programme cost, 14% as programme management cost and 4% towards fund-raising and communication. This Indian NGO functions in the Public-Private Partnership model where about 51% cost is incurred as a support from Central Government and various State Governments in the form of grants and subsidies. But, the remaining 49% is to be borne by the NGO and this is where NGO donations play a vital role. Since inception in June 2000, Akshaya Patra has been grateful to many helping hands that came forward to support the Foundation’s cause. It is this support that led path for the Foundation to expand its services from being a NGO in Karnataka to the states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and as a NGO in Gujarat.
The Foundation aims to feed 5 million children by 2020. As of 2014, the total reach of the NGO is 1.4 million children across India. It indeed is in need of resources to sustain implementation of the mid-day meal scheme in existing locations while expanding to newer locations. NGO donations either from individuals, organisations or in the form of Corporate Social Responsibility initiative will all aid in steering the efforts of the Foundation towards achieving its mission.

Contribute NGO donations to provide wholesome meal for the underserved children.