Sunday, 4 November 2012

Going beyond the Mid Day Meal Programme

Akshaya Patra Mid-day meal beneficiariesThe Akshaya Patra Foundation did start off with the focus in providing mid-day meal (MDM), but notably it has spread its wings beyond it. Akshaya Patra has contributed in developing infrastructure, creating awareness on nutrition, hygiene, cleanliness, environment protection, and critical social issue of female foeticide. The Foundation also takes responsibility in offering Life Skill programmes and after school tutorials to the children.
Noteworthy Achievements of The Akshaya Patra Foundation are: 
  • Akshaya Patra in association with the Infinity Townships Pvt. Ltd. has provided new borewells and toilets to 15 schools in Guwahati.
  • In a joint initiative by Akshaya Patra and Edu media, a student rally was held in Jaipur to create awareness on the need for protecting the environment and in spreading the message that female foeticide is a heinous crime.  
  • With the support of Dell Foundation, Akshaya Patra launched its “Akshaya Life Skills” programme in schools, as an initiative to provide all round development of the child. This is in accordance with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Life Skill directive of imparting Life Skills to children.
  • Akshaya Patra also conducts timely survey on the mid-day meal. This is done to check the scope of overall improvement in the quality, quantity, and menu.  
  • The Akshaya Patra Foundation also enables schools and local groups to be self-sufficient and self-reliant. An example of the same is the 15 acre kitchen garden in Jaipur, that’s gearing up for its second harvest. 
  • Akshaya Patra’s effort in providing nutritious, hygienic, and clean food received a mention by AIESEC Team from Manipal University. This team was conducting a workshop in and around Mangalore city with the objective of educating the children and school staff on hygiene, cleanliness and nutrition.

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