Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AKSHAYA PATRA- Unlimited Food For Education

Have you heard about it? I have, but knew very little about it. Wait a minute! I am not talking about the Akshaya Patra(  meaning inexhaustible vessel in Sanskrit) from mythology but the Akshaya Patra Foundation.And now that I did some research,I am totally awestruck. Here is some of the information about this  I tried to compile from the official website                        
              Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non- profit organisation serving hygienic-quality, mid-day meals to school children from the last 14 years. It was started in the year 2000 in Bangalore, Karnataka serving around 1500 children in 5 schools.And now it is serving nutritious food prepared in ISO certified kitchens, to over 1.4 million children in 10,661 schools in 10 states across India, in partnership with Government Of India , many State Governments and with the aid from many corporations and donors. It is the world's largest mid-day meal programme and aims to reach 5 million children by 2020.                
              It was a resolve made by, Shri A.C. Bhaktivedant Prabhupada Swamiji, the founder of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) when he saw few children fighting with street dogs for scraps of food,that no children within the radius of the center should go hungry. This was brought forward by his disciples in the form of Akshaya Patra with the vision-" No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger." Thus it started eliminating hunger and illiteracy from grass root levels with initial challenges to carry out the programme which later resolved with donation of  first vehicle for transportation of food by Mohandas Pai, the current chairman of Manipal Global Education. Abhay Jain assured to get further donors to expand the programme. Since then there has been no turning  back for the organisation which eventually has succeeded in increasing school enrollments and attendance, decreasing the number of school dropouts for earning livelihood. Thus it is a strongly involved in making the society a better place by educating the underprivileged.               
           We can do our smallest bit too by donating Rs.750. You all must be thinking what 750 can do? Watch this video by Akshaya Patra. You can donate money, a vehicle or sponsor a school. It can be online transaction, through cheque/DD,m-check etc. Visit online donations for the same.  And one can get involved by other means -partnerships,fundraising,,volunteering etc.To know more visit here. We can spread the awareness by liking it on social media.It can bring donors and volunteers. And blog about it to feed a child for an entire year ahead. 

                 Thanks Blogadda for giving this opportunity. I  felt very happy doing this.

                       I am going to #BlogToFeedAChild with Akshaya Patra and BlogAdda.

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