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National Children’s Day: The best time to support underserved children!

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Jawaharlal Nehru was one of the first proficient administrators of India. Along with it, he had limitless affection for children, no matter their gender or socioeconomic background.

Nehru loved roses and used them metaphorically to explain the nature of children. He said,
“Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and citizens of tomorrow. Only through the right education can a better order of society be built up.”

And so he made invaluable contributions to child education and development.

• He emphasised the rights of underprivileged children to free and equal education
• He founded the Children’s Film Society India in 1955 to create native cinema exclusively for children
• He enforced the establishment of the iconic All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM).

Thus, in recognition of Nehru’s love for children and his efforts to ensure child welfare in India, the Government passed an official notice to mark his birthday as Children’s Day after his demise in 1964.

Ever since, this day is being celebrated in schools with songs, dance performances, plays, snacks and a lot of fun. Most importantly, it emphasises raising awareness about a child’s fundamental rights to nutritious food, education, protection and health care.

But today, over 33 lakh children in India still battle undernourishment and exploitation EVERY DAY.
The Government of India and NGOs like The Akshaya Patra Foundation are working ceaselessly so that underprivileged children can access their rights to food and education.

Akshaya Patra’s ‘0 hunger’ initiative

Akshaya Patra is a 22-year-old not-for-profit organisation whose 65 kitchens serve mid-day meals (and breakfast in some locations) to 20,10,516 children in Government and Government-aided schools across 14 states and 2 union territories in India. It supports the Government’s initiative of PM Poshan Abhiyaan (formerly known as the Mid-Day Meal Scheme [MDM]).

The NGO has the reputation of running the world’s largest school-lunch programme and is registered under the Indian Trusts Act of 1882. When you donate to this NGO, you can also avail 50% tax exemption under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act since the Foundation is registered under section 12 A of the IT Act as a non-profit organisation.
So, be rest assured that your donation is in safe hands!1

Also, the new model of PM Poshan Abhiyaan will surely yield well when implemented effectively. It:
• nourishes pre-primary school children and provides supplementary nutrition to anaemic children
• authorises specialists to monitor nutrition, haemoglobin levels, BMI and weight of school children
• teaches children to grow food with nutritional gardens
• empowers women’s self-help groups (SHGs) and Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) by procuring raw materials locally
• authorises college and university students to inspect and ensure ground-level execution of PM Poshan Abhiyaan
• encourages communities to feed children during festivals

Thus, Akshaya Patra needs your contribution this Children’s Day to efficiently run the programme in every location across India and put an end to malnourishment in the country.

Your impact when you support Akshaya Patra

Ever since the Mid-Day Meal Programme (MDM) was started in 2000, beneficiary schools confirmed improvement in school enrolment and attendance rates while children expressed their love for school as they get to learn, make friends and eat delicious mid-day meals. Parents from low-income households are also at peace knowing their children will grow strong and smart from education and nutritious meals provided every day at school.

Donate for children’s school meals this Children’s Day

India has raised geniuses like Chanakya and Birbal in the past. It has also achieved great heights in the seven decades since its independence. Thus evidently, its people are brimming with talent and skills. Many have even transcended boundaries and have emerged as international leaders today.

If marginalised children are given access to basic needs and their fundamental rights, the day is not far when India will emerge as the abode of achievers!

Your contribution can help in realising this dream!

If Akshaya Patra can accomplish empowering 2 million (20,10,516) children every day in 22 years with support from donors like you, then achieving 0 hunger and 100% literacy among children is possible too.

So, let’s achieve an India that is self-sufficient, self-reliant and a home to leaders!

Donate to Akshaya Patra this Children’s Day to build a hunger-free future.

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Help shape the future of Karnataka on Kannada Rajyotsava

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Karnataka observes its foundation day called Kannada Rajyostva on 1 November annually. It is celebrated by Kannadigas across the world. Read on to know about its significance.

Kannada Rajyostva dates back to 1 November 1956, when all the Kannada language-speaking regions in South India united to form the state of Karnataka. Ever since, the day has been observed as a Government holiday in Karnataka annually.

Also known as the Karnataka Foundation Day, this day is celebrated by Kannadigas across the world. In Karnataka, people hoist the vibrant red and yellow state flag and sing the Kannada anthem—Jaya Bharatha Jananiya Tanujate, followed by song and dance performances in offices and schools.

Winners of the Rajyotsava Awards are also announced and felicitated by the Government of Karnataka on this day. The award is the second-highest civilian honour in Karnataka after Karnataka Ratna to recognise contributions in the fields of arts, culture, literature, science, education, sports, industry, public affairs and social service.

The History of Kannada Rajyotsava
Karnataka’s official name originated from ‘Karu Nadu’, meaning elevated land. It holds immense significance with a renowned Indian historian and writer, Aluru Venkata Rao, who was the first person to dream of unifying all Kannada-speaking regions into a state with the Karnataka Ekikarana movement.

After India became a republic, this movement concluded in Mysore becoming one of the states of South India. After six years, on 1 November 1956, Mysore was merged with the surrounding Kannada-speaking regions of Bombay and Madras presidencies along with those in the principality of Hyderabad to create a unified entity.

However, the people of North Karnataka were against retaining the name ‘Mysore’ for the new state. Thus, it was renamed to ‘Karnataka’ on 1 November 1973.

The legacy of Karnataka
Karnataka is one of the most important cultural centres with a rich history of both Hindustani and Carnatic music. The state’s northern regions have been home to musical maestros like Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Sawai Gandharva.
It also has eight Jnanapith Award winners in the category of literature, second only to ten awardees for Hindi literature.

Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa, popularly known by his pen name Kuvempu, was the first Kannada writer to receive the Jnanpith Award. He was an Indian poet, playwright, novelist and critic who is revered as the greatest Kannada poet of the 20th century.

NGO activity in Karnataka
Karnataka is also the birthplace of an esteemed 21-year-old NGO called The Akshaya Patra Foundation, which has devoted itself to making the most basic need of nutritious food available to millions of underprivileged people of India.
It started as an NGO in Bangalore that fed mid-day meals to 1,500 children in five Government schools of Karnataka. Today, its state-of-the-art kitchens are present in 65 locations, fueling a range of programmes for several marginalised communities across India.

Nourishing meals from this charity in Karnataka now reach 14 states and 2 union territories every day. As for its fundamental motive of providing meals for education under PM Poshan Abhiyaan, it currently nourishes 2 million children from low socioeconomic backgrounds daily.

In Karnataka, it feeds 3,51,381 children in 3,188 Government schools.

Meet one of the talented mid-day meal beneficiaries in Karnataka
Chetan B Malladad is a student of HPKGS school in Hubballi. He has three siblings. His mother is a mid-day meal worker and his father is an employee at a local hospital. Little Chetan is a mid-day meal beneficiary and loves the food he eats at school. He says he is not just grateful for the food but also for employing his mother.

Here’s what Chetan says:

Final thoughts
The PM Poshan Abhiyaan beneficiaries in Karnataka and the rest of India will surely be the next batch of its achievers, including artists, writers, scientists, sportspeople, industrialists, social workers and more. The only ask is to nurture them with quality food, play and education.

And, your contribution matters!

Support to nourish and educate ambitious children like Chetan every day! Donate to NGOs like Akshaya Patra for the glorious future of Karnataka and India.

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Observe World Food Day with Akshaya Patra

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In the past decade, the concept of sustainability has gained immense popularity amongst the global population. Organisations and people are now trying to make conscious day-to-day decisions for the benefit of society and the environment.

Corporations are implementing an inclusive work culture by facilitating equal opportunities for people from various socioeconomic backgrounds. Individuals now prefer eco-friendly and cruelty-free products while also making efforts towards proper waste disposal practices.

Yet, the world still faces a desperate need to tackle food insecurity.

Food is the foundation for all forms of development. Denial of food is the same as the denial of basic rights and equal opportunities for everyone. It also means limited opportunities for innovation and the well-being of underprivileged communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, political unrest and rising food prices have further challenged progress for many, thus slowing progress for all of us.

Therefore, World Food Day is one of the most celebrated days on the United Nations’ calendar to acknowledge and act against the upsetting hunger crisis. The day is observed on 16 October every year across 150 countries to commemorate the day when the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) was founded in 1945. (Source 1)

Every year, the UN adopts a theme for this day when governments, businesses, media and the public participate in outreach events in 50+ languages to spread awareness and help those suffering from lasting hunger.

Feed the hungry in India this World Food Day

India is the second most populated country. Due to its vastness and geographic position, there are drastic differences in its climate across regions, resulting in diverse cultural preferences and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Also, food insecurity is widespread in India, calling for collaborative efforts from the Government and the people.

Fortunately, NGO activity in India is robust, which helps millions of people satiate their hunger every day. But the NGOs also need consistent support from the people to uproot chronic malnutrition entirely.

One of the best ways to do so is by providing pregnant women, nursing mothers and young children with balanced nourishment. This will ensure that malnourishment is targeted in the foundational years of children’s lives, helping them build immunity against diseases for a lifetime. It will also guarantee the complete growth of their vital organs, securing a bright and active future for them.

Akshaya Patra’s Anganwadi Feeding Programme and Mid-Day Meal Programme under PM Poshan Abhiyaan are the two initiatives that work towards this purpose.

Final Thoughts
If we continue to serve such healthy school meals to children, they will soon transcend the vicious cycle of inadequacy towards great achievements for the country and compassion for their society.
Your online donation of INR 1500 towards the Mid-Day Meal Programme can feed a child for an academic year.

So, let’s support and feed more children to end malnourishment in the early years of their life.
Donate to Akshaya Patra this World Food Day and contribute to a sustainable future for India.

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Navratri – The festival of lights, food and giving

Navratri: The festival of lights, food and giving

Navaratri or Navaratra is the most-awaited and auspicious nine-day festival for paying respect to Goddess Durga. People celebrate and worship her nine forms on these days as each day is linked with an incarnation of the goddess.

Across India, the festival is celebrated by decorating homes and offices with diyas, rangolis, flowers and lights. The period culminates with Dashami (the tenth day of Navaratri)—also called Dussehra or Vijayadashami—marking the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura and of Lord Rama over Ravana.

Additionally, as Navaratri means ‘nine nights’, it is considered a duration of happiness after a hectic year, just like a peaceful night after a day of intense work. Thus, people observe fast, eat healthy and practice peace and contentment for these nine days. By Vijayadashami, members of Indian families dispersed all across the world, meet up over lavish meals, dance, lights and lots of fun.

In Gujarat, the festival is observed by doing the Garba and Dandiya folk dances. While in West Bengal, Devi Durga is venerated with grandiose and vigour.

No matter the differences in customs, the core value of the festival is the victory of good over evil.

Among the many ways of helping the needy, feeding them can be extremely beneficial for them. Once they are healthy, they can focus on improving other aspects of their lives. Children can continue their education while elders can work efficiently to improve their financial situation.

Celebrate with acts of kindness
A common practice during this time is donating to charity. People express gratitude for the health and wealth they received, by sharing it with those who are not as privileged—be it in the form of food, money, clothes, stationery or other articles. It is indeed the best way to multiply the goodness and divinity of Navratri.

Therefore, donating food to the underprivileged can significantly elevate the lifestyles of low-income families, develop communities and increase their earning potential, eventually benefitting the Indian economy.

Feed the hungry children
Across the world and in India, we have several registered NGOs for hunger elimination. They welcome generous donors who wish to donate and feed those in need. Akshaya Patra is one such trusted NGO in India, serving cooked meals to the underprivileged through its 65 kitchens across 14 states and 2 Union Territories.

Although it has been running several programmes for underprivileged communities, one of its flagship programmes is the Mid-Day Meal Programme that supports the PM POSHAN Abhiyaan for children of Government schools. It currently feeds 2 million children across India every day!

Today, many schools report that serving mid-day meals has increased enrolment and attendance rates, even among girls. They say children are now more active and can concentrate better during classes.

Meet the graceful mid-day meal beneficiary – Kajal

This Navratri, make an online donation to help children like Kajal leap towards their aspirations without worrying about food. Feed the hungry children with Akshaya Patra and attain divine blessings this Navratri along with a 50% tax exemption under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act.

Happy Dussehra!

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Give Back to Society this Indian Independence Day

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This August on Indian Independence Day, the nation will complete its diamond jubilee of rebirth from the ashes of British rule.

Every year, on this day, Indians proudly pay tribute to our freedom fighters who fought so that we could enjoy a happier and more secure tomorrow.

But hidden in narrow crevices are many still devoid of basic necessities.

Some of them are even successors of those who bravely protected our land in the face of death seven decades ago. So, in addition to watching the tri-colour unfurl and singing Jana Gana Mana with pride, let’s help our unfortunate and disadvantaged people who deserve freedom from hunger.

Feed for freedom for hunger this Indian Independence Day
Millions of people across India are yet to realize their dream of independence. Families, women and girls face discrimination and struggle to access food, basic hygiene and education. The recent disasters like the floods and landslides made the problem severe by destroying all their previous efforts towards a better life.

On the brighter side, the better-off are increasingly becoming aware that India can achieve self-sufficiency only when the marginalized sections of society receive support until they are self-reliant. And hence, they are actively donating towards their welfare.

Many NGOs are also working day and night to collaborate with donors and elevate the conditions of underprivileged people. Akshaya Patra is one of such recognised NGOs that has been striving for 21 years to primarily support food and education of children.

Today, many children in India do not attend school but, work for a meagre income to support their families. As a result, it becomes a vicious cycle of insufficiency for their future generations.

To break the cycle, Akshaya Patra started to feed the needy children in Government and Government-aided schools through the midday meals programme to motivate children to attend school. Owing to its success, the Foundation is now known for implementing the world’s largest NGO-run school lunch programme.

As the NGO expanded, it began providing disaster relief, feeding homeless mothers, nursing mothers and people in distress as well.

All these initiatives are well-researched and in sync with the government’s vision for a developed India. Hence, it looks for continued support from its donors to help make the sustainable development goal 2 – Zero Hunger possible.

So, give back to society on this Indian Independence Day.
Feed the needy children with Akshaya Patra’s midday meal programme or support any of its initiatives this year to truly free Indians from the unending cycle of hunger and financial insufficiency.

Once again, Happy Independence Day!

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Friends become the family we choose

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Friendship Day is the day you rejuvenate the bond you share with your friends.Your friendship matures over age and you respect it further as you grow older.

This is the day you let your friends how much they mean to you.

Friends become the family we choose

These people are the special ones who add meaning to our lives and make it beautiful. They are there to share your sorrow, joy, achievements and failures. When things don’t seem to be going all good for you, they are the ones who help you focus and get back on track. They never leave you alone.

Friendship day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August every year and this year in 2022, it falls on 7 August.

Cherishing Friendships
Life is a long journey and it is more difficult for children who do not have anything to share with each other, apart from their making them smile with little gestures of love. Thank your friends by standing beside them through their thick and thin. Let them know you care and that they can count on you when in need.

Friends could come from any walk of life, work, acquaintance, college, tuitions, school or even from the neighbourhood. Most of the time of a child is spent in school.

School is the place where most memories are made.

Chit-chatting in class, playing with friends, sharing mid-day meals (MDM) during the break, etc. make unforgettable memories.

NGOs play a major role in making memories
Many NGOs run the Midday Meal Scheme (MDM Scheme) and become the bridge to make childhood better. One such organisation is The Akshaya Patra Foundation which serves mid-day meals to children.

Become a friend to children who need you
Donate to feed the children coming from challenging socio-economic backgrounds and become their unseen friends. Your relationship strengthens when you know that your help to these children can feed them for one full academic year.

Honour the friends in your life by feeding children and making memories like you did in your childhood. You can become the reason why such children make strong bonds of friendship and friends who stick on for a long term in life.

Make new friends this year – little orphans, children who stay far away from home, children abandoned by their parents, etc.

Show them you really care

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Embrace the spirit of a father’s love and compassion

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A father figure is often the backbone of a child’s development and emotional well-being. He is the unsung superhero who loves quietly but gives endlessly to his children. He sets aspirations for his family and disciplines his children so that they grow into physically and emotionally strong individuals in the years to come.

However, fathers in underprivileged communities sometimes struggle to even earn enough for a day, leave alone setting aspirations for the future. Children born in such families often end up working for additional earnings to support their families. Attending school becomes an undying dream for them.

Role of mid day meals (MDM) in child development

Schools serving mid day meals to children are a boon to families from underserved communities. Parents from such families agree to send their children to school since it takes away the burden of feeding them even once a day.

School meals not only bring children to school but a carefully planned menu also helps fight malnutrition in children. For instance, the cyclical mid-day meal menu at Akshaya Patra, an NGO in India, follows guidelines from The Supreme Court of India and the Ministry of Education (formerly known as the Ministry of Human Resource Development).

The Foundation caters to the nutritional needs of both primary and upper primary school children. Moreover, the food prepared caters to their local palates to avoid wastage.

Such a well-planned menu from Akshaya Patra, ensures that children enjoy their school meals. Little to no wastage ensures that children receive complete nourishment which strengthens their vital organs, immunity and stamina, thus helping them stay active throughout the day.

Akshaya Patra’s fatherly concern for its beneficiaries

Akshaya Patra was started in 2000 with the aim that ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of food.’ The NGO in India began by feeding 1,500 children and partnered with the Government of India to efficiently implement the much-needed mid day meal (MDM) programme mandated in 2001.

Ever since, the Foundation went through multiple ups and downs but never lost its way, just like a father. For 21 years, it has grown to feed 1.8 million children in 14 states and 2 Union Territories from 61 kitchens across India.

Like a parent, Akshaya Patra strives to enhance its meal preparation processes to ensure minimum human-touch, improvements in kitchen operations are incorporated:

• Centralized mega kitchens with 100,000 meals cooking capacity
• Cooking utensils made of food-safe stainless steel of 304 Grade that are sanitized before every use
• Quality assurance processes such as Supplier Selection, Supplier Qualification, Supplier Rating etc. that ensure the procurement of right and high-quality raw materials
• Vegetables procured and sorted out on a daily basis to ensure they are fresh and of best quality
• Kaizen, CI Projects and Six Sigma methodologies for constant improvement
• Meals prepared from a standardized cyclical menu
• Well-structured Quality Assurance Programme implemented during Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production stages of meal preparation
• Daily feedbacks taken from schools while delivering meals
• Audits and surveys conducted on a daily, monthly and yearly basis.

Father’s day celebration with Akshaya Patra

The Foundation is registered with the Indian Trusts Act, 1882 and runs the largest NGO-run school lunch programme in the world. So when you start a fundraising campaign or donate in honour of your father to Akshaya Patra, be rest assured that your contribution will reach the children who need it the most. Your support like that of a father will encourage our beneficiaries to dream big and strive fearlessly to achieve them.

So, why wait? This Father’s Day, donate online and celebrate with Akshaya Patra, a father’s care, sacrifices and tough love by nourishing children and their big dreams.

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Akshaya Tritiya – a reason to gift food to children

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Is Akshaya Tritiya only about buying gold for unending prosperity?
Well, it is beyond just gold.
In Sanskrit, the word ‘Akshaya’ stands for unlimited while ‘Tritiya’ means the third lunar day of the Vaisakha month. Many histories mark this day and one of the most famous ones is that of Draupadi. She receives the gift of ‘Akshaya Patra’ – the inexhaustible vessel of food, during Pandava’s period of exile. Akshaya Tritiya is also regarded as a special occasion because of the birth of Annapoorna Devi – the Goddess of food.

Akshaya Tritiya is also considered a day of charity in India because of the belief that an act of kindness or any good deed will bring everlasting peace, prosperity and happiness to the entire family.

What can you do on Akshaya Tritiya?
Anything that you do on this special occasion is free of time restrictions; every minute is auspicious on Akshaya Tritiya. Whether you buy gold, any metal or donate to NGOs, you carry a sense of prosperity and happiness with you for the rest of the year.

Buying gold
The yellow metal is considered to be a form of Lakshmi – the Goddess of Wealth. So buying gold is synonymous with welcoming Goddess Lakshmi. Besides it being an investment, it is also believed to bring good luck and prosperity.

Buy a new home/vehicle
Buying vehicles or any means of transport represents longevity in life. It also becomes a medium that ensures your safety. Alternatively, buying a new home and doing a house-warming ceremony brings in a lot of positivity by warding off negative aspects.

Start a new venture
Today is the day which gives a lot of importance to new beginnings. Whether you start a new business, website, company or any other new project, it is believed that you should start on this day. Starting a new venture like giving or donating also is considered to bring prosperity and long-lasting happiness.

Performing any act on this day of charity reduces the suffering of people and brings joy into their lives.

Being synonymous with this Akshaya Patra, The Akshaya Patra Foundation provides ‘unlimited food for education’ of children. Inherit good deeds in life by supporting food and education of children because ‘no child in India shall be deprived of education because of food.’

Akshaya Patra’s reach
The Akshaya Patra Foundation has earned the distinction of being the world’s largest NGO run school lunch programme, serving freshly cooked nutritious mid-day meals to over 1.8 million children in 19,039 schools in 14 states & 2 union territories. It is spread across 60 locations in India where locally palatable meals are provided to ensure that there is no wastage of food.

On this occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, donate to NGO like Akshaya Patra that nourishes children by eliminating classroom hunger on a daily basis. Your support on this one day can feed children for one full academic year. Support to bring them out of the clutches of malnourishment.

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Add Goodwill to your Celebrations!

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One calendar year gives us several occasions to celebrate. Aside from festivals and days of national and international importance, we have our personal occasions to celebrate such as birthdays, weddings, promotions, housewarming, and the like. More often than not, we celebrate these special days with our near and dear ones. Pause here for a moment and think if there is any other way to make your occasions more special!

Celebrations with a difference
There are many unique ways to celebrate special days, and one among them is engaging in a charitable act. While you have your own wish list on how you would like to celebrate or surprise your dear one on a special occasion, adding charity to it will invariably add goodwill to your celebrations. You can share your day with the less privileged and add happiness in the life of the beneficiaries and yours too!

Celebrate with children
The Akshaya Patra Foundation gives you a platform to celebrate your special days with their beneficiary children. Currently, the Foundation provides daily nutritious meals to 18,00,907 children in 19,039 government schools and government-aided schools across 14 States and 2 Union Territories in India. You can gift a smile to these children by contributing towards their much-needed mid-day meals.

Which occasions can you celebrate with Akshaya Patra?
Akshaya Patra always encourages the thoughtful nature of adding charity to your special occasion celebrations. Below mentioned are some occasions that will serve as an example of the occasions you can celebrate with Akshaya Patra:

  • Donate towards mid-day meal programme to celebrate occasions of personal importance such as birthdays, weddings, housewarming, in memory of, in honour of, promotions, new ventures, etc.
  • Gift mid-day meals to feed the needy children as a part of celebrating important events at your office.
  • Donate to feed children and spread happiness on festive occasions such as Diwali, Christmas, New Year, Holi etc.
  • Donate individually or conduct a fundraising campaign on days of national and international importance such as Independence Day, Children’s Day, World Food Day, World NGO Day, etc.
  • In fact, you can make your own special calendar day to ‘gift a smile’.

What’s the takeaway?
Adding charity in your celebrations is a noble way to double your happiness and add goodwill in your life. Your choice of sharing a special day has the potential to make a huge difference in the lives of the beneficiaries. For instance, when you donate towards mid-day meals to feed the needy children, you ensure accessibility to nutritious food and contribute to their health and education. To conclude, donate to NGO with all your heart because it is not only a good gesture, but also a medium to transform lives.

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Akshaya Patra resonates with”#BreakTheBias” this Women’s Day

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International Women’s Day reminds us of the significant role that women play in every sphere of life. It also reminds us of the importance of gender equality that become the foundation for an empowered generation of women. The Akshaya Patra Foundation has been bridging the gender inequality gap in education by providing nutritious school meals to both boys and girls across India.

International Women’s Day is annually observed on 8th March. It is a day to acknowledge the achievements of women in different fields. This day is also dedicated to create awareness regarding gender bias, discrimination, and stereotypes that women face at different junctions of life and take actions to solve these issues. Each year, this day is celebrated with a particular theme to address different areas of concerns like education, healthcare, employment, and the like. This year focusses on “#BreakTheBias” with the objective of a creating a gender equal and inclusive world.

Akshaya Patra’s role
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO in India that has been supporting education of children by providing nutritious school meals. For the past 21 years, Akshaya Patra has been striving to provide quality, nutritious meals on each school day. By operating in a Public-Private Partnership model, Akshaya Patra has received support from government and several philanthropic contributors who donate to charity. Currently, the Foundation is providing daily nutritious meals to 18,00,907 aspiring girls and boys in 19,039 government and government-aided schools across 14 States and 2 Union Territories in India.

Impact of Akshaya Patra
The real impact of this NGO in India is reflected in the dreams of the beneficiaries. The remarkable observation is the young girls in schools have already broken the shackles of societal expectations that thwart their progress towards their dreams and this can be seen in their ambitions. Below is a mention of the ambitions of a few girl beneficiaries from across India.

Support dreams of girls

On this International Women’s Day, support ambitions of lakhs of girls and create an empowered generation of women by providing nutritious mid-day meals on each school day. Your choice to donate to charity will help in bridging the education gap between girls and boys by providing equal access to nutrition and education. This will result in a more equitable and inclusive world. While you enable girls to be empowered women, you also receive tax exemption under Section 80G of Income Tax Act as a reward. Support this NGO in India and be a part of the solution.

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