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I am going to support them all my life…

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“I have been supporting the cause of The Akshaya Patra Foundation since last one year. I got to know about the Foundation from one of my close friend who is based in US.I was little apprehensive in the beginning. What was bothering me was – Is it one of the thousand NGOs which crop up everyday? I went through their website, found out the contact details, called them up and decided to visit their kitchen. I was spellbound to see the huge operation running in their ISO certified kitchen where they cooked for 1.5 lakh children in front of my own eyes. The moment I came out of the kitchen I told myself that I am going to support them all my life in whatever small ways I can.

I believe that the foundation is one of its kinds, do a marvelous work to eliminate hunger and poverty. And I request people to join their movement and be a change themselves. “

Mr. Arun.C, a supporter of Akshaya Patra Foundation.

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Akshaya Patra, the saviour of many lives

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Everyone in need of help often wait for miracles to happen but Jayalakshmi, who hails from a remote part of Vishakhapatnam, goes to the nearby AnganwAkshaya Patra, the saviour of many livesadi to get her share of, what she calls, marvel – a hope that shines brightly at her in the form of the Akshaya Patra meals supplied at the Anganwadi. She goes there everyday with her 10-month-old toddler to eat freshly cooked, nutritious and a hearty meal which on a few bad days is the only option she has to fill her stomach. The meal that she savors is a part of the Akshaya Patra Foundation’s mid-day meal programme for pregnant women and lactating mothers at Government-run Anganwadis.

Jayalakshmi’s family ponders below the breadline. Her husband Mallapparaju works at a construction site and earns less than a few hundreds every week. Until a few years ago, Jayalakshmi accompanied Mallapparaju at work so that the family could afford at least one complete meal a day. But now the lactating mother has to resort to some menial job as domestic help to add a few more pennies to the pound her husband earns. Her elder daughter Vishala, who is 4 years old, goes to the same Government-run kindergarten where she is being prepared to step into school.

Like they say, “the inevitable consequence of poverty is dependence”. Jayalakshmi sees reality in this thought as she is completely aware of her and her family’s dependence on the Akshaya Patra meal every day. She knows what is best for her children and for herself, which is within reach and in plenty. She trusts the goodness in each Akshaya Patra meal and the benefit it bears on her family. For Jayalakshmi the availability of a humble meal is certainly a miracle making its way everyday into her life.

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Overseeing a massive undertaking

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Early morning 6 o'clock and Akshaya Patra's Mysore kitchen is bustling with activity. Having started more than an hour ago, it is in full swing with teams of employees working harmoniously in the various responsibilities
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