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Empower lives with your goodness this Navrathri

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Navaratri is the most awaited festival of the year which is associated with nine days of celebration throughout India. Celebrated in the month of autumn, people worship the feminine Devi – Durga in this festival. The next day after Navaratri, the tenth day is called Dussehra or Vijayadashami. The value that parents teach their children during this festive season is that of good over evil – the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura and the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana.

Navaratri & Dussera celebrations across India
Across India, Navaratri is celebrated with lights, joy, dance, Garba, dandiya, fun and lots of food. However, this year, for the second consecutive year, we will be celebrating Navaratri and Dussehra amidst the fear of the pandemic. Yet, the spirit of this festive season remains strong. Joy comes not only from celebrating with dance and dandiya, it also comes with giving. Giving comes in various forms like donating money, clothes, medical supplies and food.

No matter what is celebrated – Pujo, Dandiya Raas, Navaratri, Ghatasthapana, Naada Habba or any other festival, the spirit of giving persists. The most common form of giving during this festival is food and meals. Many people choose to feed the needy adults while others choose to feed little children. Many NGOs open their doors to welcome generous people who want to make a difference in the lives of the have-not’s by donating to an NGO. Food is a necessity that most of the vulnerable sections of India struggle to get.

Akshaya Patra’s feeding service
To serve these vulnerable people, The Akshaya Patra Foundation – a trusted NGO in India strives continuously to provide them regular meals throughout the pandemic. What started in March 2020 as a service of cooked meals, has expanded to cater to the needs of marginalized families, homeless mothers, school children, pregnant women, etc.
Till 30th September 2021, 18,72,10,841 cumulative meals have been served and will continue till there are people in need of food.

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The above kits contain food items and other essentials that help families survive the tough times brought forth by the pandemic.
• Cooked meals save individuals suffering from short term, acute or chronic hunger
• Grocery Kits provided food essentials during the pandemic
• Happiness Kits are distributed to mid-day meal beneficiaries in the absence of school meals
• Family Happiness Kits provide food and other essentials to marginalized families
• Raksha Kits are provided as an incentive to help people get vaccinated
• Shakti Kits are distributed to nourish anaemic pregnant women.

Resuming of feeding children with the Mid-Day Meal Programme
As children have started resuming going to schools, Akshaya Patra has also resumed its service to provide mid-day meals to them. On a daily basis, freshly cooked meals are distributed to school children studying in Government and Government-aided schools. Great precaution and care is taken to ensure that meals are cooked in a safe and hygienic manner.

Inside the Akshaya Patra kitchens 
midday meal ngoLet your goodness triumph over hunger this Navratri
Hunger causes discomfort and is the evil force that people from vulnerable communities are fighting every single day with low income and loss of secure jobs. This Navaratri, let your generosity triumph over their hunger. Your contribution can help them celebrate this festival on a full stomach. Donate online and provide food security to add goodness to this special day of Navaratri.

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Conquering COVID crisis in Schools with HAPPINESS KITS

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“If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger”, is a highly motivating quote by American Former Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Food is a dream for some children, without nutrition we cannot imagine education. And this is the inspiring motto of The Akshaya Patra Foundation. Since the last 20 years the members of this NGO have been working in conquering hunger for a better education and life with their constant inspiring efforts. The winner of The BBC’s ‘Global Food Champion Award 2019’ also the ‘International Achievers Award 2021 for NGO of the Year’ by the Blueberry Intn’l Group and NG Eduwizer Pvt. Ltd and many more, has constantly acknowledged their heartiest efforts for health and education, Mid-Day Meals, continuous relief initiatives for the society.

In this tough times of COVID Pandemic, Education has faced a sudden challenge. Schools are not operating in usual routine. Digital Classes are now new normal. It has paused the Mid-day Meals benefit. But the Akshaya Patra Foundation has conquered COVID through a beautiful boon in the form of “Happiness Kits” that happily serves a child Nutrition, Immunity, Hygiene, and Education.

We are waiting for things to get normal but till then the Akshaya Patra Foundation has promised to serve the mid-day meal beneficiaries : health, happiness, education through the HAPPINESS KITS. The content items in the box are:
. It contains Nutritious Glucose Biscuit Packs, Ragi flour, Double fortified Salt, Bengal Grams, Peanuts, Jaggery .
. For immunity it has Sambar Powder and Turmeric Powder.
. This kit has also taken care of Hygiene by providing soaps, toothpaste, toothbrush, and sanitary napkins for girls.
. To continue the routine of Education in this challenging times this kit has got Notebooks, Pencils, Crayons, Activity Workbooks.

I feel so happy to see this idea of serving Glucose, Iron, Calcium, Iodine, Protein, Immunity products with Study materials all in one box of care and love. The objective is to take care of the well being of children in this tough times of covid crisis. This task is done in a phase –wise manner in various cities. Various news articles, social media posts, are regularly publishing the updates on the distribution of these boxes of Happiness Kits nationwide.

Anyone who wish to take this opportunity can donate online. Many Corporates, Startups, Organizations, Individuals have served this joy of happiness kits with the Akshaya Patra Team. We all can take this opportunity of serving Happiness Kits at just Rs.550 per kit. Please follow this link to serve joy and make a child happy: https://www.akshayapatra.org/donate-happiness-boxes

Let us come together as much as we can, and surely it will indeed be a ray of hope in this crisis for children who are missing the classrooms and mid-day meals. Thanks to the Akshaya Patra NGO Team for their continuous loving efforts towards Nutrition, Education, and a better life !

Article submitted by : Ms. SURABITA ROY
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