An NGO in India is striding towards nation-buildingby Akshaya Patra NGO in India - Akshaya Patra
Every day, Akshaya Patra provides school lunch to more than 1.6 million children across 34 locations in 12 states of India.
Witnessing the interest of Aditya’s interest in computer and solar energy, Akshaya Patra partnered with ITI to provide a computer lab to the school so that children can receive practical knowledge along with theory lessons.
Heeding to Manjula’s interest in theatre and acting, Akshaya Patra enrolled her for a month long mentorship programme at the Bangalore School of Speech and Drama, following which she shone bright at a stage performance.
Akshaya Patra has partaken in several disaster relief activities by providing food to affected people in crisis situations like the devastating Nepal Earthquake and Chennai floods in 2015, the Gorakhpur flood in 2017, and the like.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO in India that was initiated with the vision, ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.’ Since its genesis in 2000, this NGO has been striving to address the critical issue of classroom hunger and accessibility to school education through its Mid-Day Meal Programme. Initially, the Foundation served school lunch to just 1,500 children in five government schools in Bengaluru. Taking note of the crucial requirement of school meals, Akshaya Patra gradually began expanding its operations to other parts of the country as well. The Public-Private Partnership, good management, innovative technology, and transparent accounting policies have made the Akshaya Patra’s Mid-Day Meal Programme the world’s largest NGO-run school lunch programme. Today, Akshaya Patra operates 34 kitchens (32 centralised; 2 decentralised) across 12 states, feeding over 1.6 million children, every day.
The role of NGOs in the mid-day meal sector is to provide freshly cooked, nutritious meals to school children with the objective to:
- avoid classroom hunger
- increase school enrolment
- increase school attendance
- improve socialisation among castes
- address malnutrition, and
- empower women through employment
And, several studies done to assess the impact of Akshaya Patra’s meals suggest that the Foundation has been making steady progress in achieving the above-mentioned objectives.
Over the 17
years of service, Akshaya Patra realised that for an overall development of
children and inclusive progress of the society, it has to fill certain gaps
within its operational realm such as availability of nutritious meals in
Anganwadi, providing a platform for children to hone their talents that will
help in achieving their goals, and also being available for fellow citizens at
the time of need such as natural disasters. So, while performing its core
activity of providing mid-day meal, Akshaya Patra also impacts the society with
its other feeding initiatives.