Akshaya Patra Foundation |Who Are Serving Mid Day Meal To Over 1.6 Million Children All Over India
Even after India celebrating their Independence. There are still unprivileged families laboring hard to get every single day meal. Those families had to force their small children to work hard, to earn money. Akshaya Patra stand-up for this by providing a meal in government school and colleges.
Vision – The Purpose: –
“No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger”.
What is Akshaya Patra Foundation?
Akshaya Patra Foundation is the mid-day meal programme running all over India. It is a non-profit organization, which distribute fresh food all over India.
As per the 2016 report, the Akshaya Patra foundation had distributed fresh-cooked food to over 1.6 million underprivileged students in 9,000 government schools in India. Not just India, but Akshaya Patra with public-private partnership now also helps in the United States and the United Kingdom.
This organization stands tall as a great example of what can be accomplished with a collaboration of cost-effective, scalable solution with high-quality service delivery.
How This All Started – History: –
The start-up of this foundation starts with a story – A story of compassion. Once Swami Prabhupada saw a group of children fighting with street dogs over scraps of food. From such heart-breaking incident started a strong determination to provide food to all children in a radius of ten miles.
They started by planting a tree and kitchen in ISKCON, Bangalore. The kitchen would provide fresh-cooked food for those underprivileged children. When people work for the betterment of others, they have always been appreciated.
In 2003, Akshaya Patra partnered with Karnataka government under a mid-day meal scheme.
The idea was brilliant and easy for the student, as all they had to eat is in their own school food.
As the 10 miles radius was being covered, a mission started to cover the whole India. Now Akshaya Patra covers in 10 states (Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, New Delhi, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh).
What Has Changed?
- As per the survey was taken on foundation work and efforts. The survey shows that in areas where Akshaya Patra provides meals, student enrollment has increased by 41%.
- As per AC Nelson Impact Study of the program shows an improvement in school enrollment. The dropout rates have decreased and their continuous increase in classroom performance.
- Harvard Business School also did a case study on the foundation model for precise time management.
- The US Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) has awarded an International Fellow.
- The World Economic Forum had also invited to share its experiences for the Hunger Project in Africa.
Akshaya Patra Kitchen: –
The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s Surat kitchen is honored to have received the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Award for Food Safety 2016. The kitchen received this award under the recognition level ‘Commendation for Strong Commitment to Excel in Food Safety’ in the category ‘Small & Medium Food Service – Catering & Restaurant’.
Every kitchen of Akshaya Patra is clean and well maintained. The workers in the kitchen use safety covers to be hygienic while cooking the food. Akshaya Patra Kitchen are of two types – 1) Centralize Kitchen 2) Decentralize Kitchen.
1) Centralise Kitchen: –
Every centralized kitchen is upgraded kitchen. Most of these kitchens are at city areas. The Centralised kitchens consist of cauldrons, trolleys, rice chutes, dal/sambar tanks, cutting boards, knives and other similar equipment that are sanitized before usage.
Each Dal Cauldron has the capacity to cook 1200 liter to 3000 liters of dal. While rice cauldron has 500 liters of capacity.
2) Decentralise Kitchen: –
In the remote location, you can find lots of difficulties like difficult geographical province, improper road connectivity, and load shedding. It is very difficult to operate the centralized Kitchen. So the finest solution is to build a decentralized kitchen. This problem does not support the large infrastructure.
The decentralized kitchen contains all necessary kitchen equipment like chapati pans, cooking vessels for rice and dal. Akshaya Patra also provides vessels for transporting the cooked mid-day meals to the schools.
As this is a remote region people are less known for their personal hygiene and Food Safety. The foundation of Akshaya Patra provides training about personal hygiene and Food safety to worker and kitchen staff. This ensures the hygiene standards are met.
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How Can Akshaya Patra Help?
Mission & Purpose – The Akshaya Patra foundation’s mission is to reach out to 5 million children by 2020. You can help them by donating to their noble work. Your contribution will help them meet even a single daily meal to help the underprivileged student. You can get involved with the foundation and help them reach every corner of India.
Akshaya Patra Foundation Donation: –
You can donate the funds to this NGO here. They provide national, international transaction. Many people make a transaction to Akshaya Patra. They also accept wire transaction. You can also donate via cheque/DD.
There are lots of education school unit under Akshaya Patra. They are open for sponsorship to their school. As they make lunch in their kitchen they need a vehicle for transportation to school. You can also donate a vehicle to improve the efficiency of this NGO firm.
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