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Makar Sankranti Celebration with the Joy of Giving

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Makar Sankranti marks the advent of a new phase symbolising abundance, joy, and prosperity. A harvest festival, it is celebrated across India with mush pomp and show. This Makar Sankranti, multiply your joy by including young beneficiaries of Akshaya Patra in your celebration.

Makar Sankranti, one of the most-awaited harvest festivals in India signifies new beginnings, good health, success and prosperity. It spreads the message of harmony and universal brotherhood. Each state has its indigenous way of celebrating this festival and aside from being called as Makar Sankranti or Sankrat in most states, this festival is known as Lohri in Punjab; Magh Bihu in Assam, Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Uttarayana in Gujarat, Suggi in Karnataka, and Poush Sankranti in West Bengal. People celebrate this festival with much fun and frolic by offering prayers, taking holy dips, charity, preparing traditional sweets and savouries, kite flying, bonfire, revelling in folk dance and music, visiting Makar Sankranti fairs.

Makar Sankranti is another festival that reflects the amazing aspect of unity in diversity. Living up to the spirit of brotherhood and cultural solidarity, share the joy of this festive season with Akshaya Patra’s young beneficiaries too. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is currently providing nutritious meals to 17,62,133 children studying in 14,702 Government schools and Government-aided schools across 40 locations of 12 states. This meal has supported millions of children to attend school regularly, complete their education, and achieve their goals. The school lunch programme has been a remarkable pillar of support in furthering the cause of education for all.

Quoting Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, “A joy shared is a joy doubled”; and as you celebrate this festival with much fun and frolic, share the joys with young children by giving them the goodness of health and education that will pave their way to prosperity. This Makar Sankranti, add goodwill by supporting the much-needed school meals of children. Donate for a child generously and see them transform into healthy, educated, and resourceful citizens of the country. Your benevolent contribution will help the Foundation to extend the benefits of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme to many more children. Let us together empower the future of the nation, the children.

Akshaya Patra wishes each and every one a very happy and bountiful Makar Sankranti!

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My connect with Akshaya Patra

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As a student, I can completely empathise with the little children who suffer from classroom hunger. Even after being from a privileged background, I have felt the hunger pangs many a times in classroom, mostly because either I would have skipped breakfast or lunch. But, what about those little children who suffer from classroom hunger not by choice, but due to circumstance? I have experienced and believe that when a child is deprived of food, when the child constantly feels the hunger pangs, he can neither concentrate in classroom activities nor give his best.

And, this is where I found my connect with The Akshaya Patra Foundation. My thought is in much alignment with the vision statement of the Foundation, “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger”. This noble thought by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada instantly provoked me to choose Akshaya Patra as the organisation for my internship.

My time in Akshaya Patra

I was interning with the Corporate Partnership Department and my mentor was Mr Balakumar Rajaram. He constantly guided me and supported me in all aspects throughout the internship period. A typical day at Akshaya Patra always began with a cup of tea or coffee. This was followed by reviewing the progress made on an on-going project, and discussions on what new projects or ideas can we work on.

I will forever cherish my days at Akshaya Patra, especially the people and the sumptuous lunch I used to relish every day. Every member at Akshaya Patra were so welcoming that I never felt like an intern. And, I really don’t think I have ever had such a variety of nutritious meals anywhere else till date.

Most memorable moment

If I were to pick one memorable moment in Akshaya Patra, it would be my visit to the H.K. Hill kitchen. It was my first field visit as an intern in the organisation and I was much delighted to see the cleanliness, the machines, the standard and strict process maintained during cooking, and the quality of the meals. My sincere gratitude to Mr Balakumar for including this visit in my internship and for sparing his precious time to accompany me.

Akshaya Patra – A Great Place to Work

Akshaya Patra is one of the most reliable NGOs in India. The Foundation is constantly working towards eradicating classroom hunger, and this is in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations: Zero Hunger and Quality Education. I feel this is a reason enough to recognise this organisation as a “Great Place to Work”.

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