Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Story of an Akshaya Patra mid-day meal beneficiary

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a charity in Karnataka. The Foundation implements the mid-day meal programme across 20 locations in India. Through this programme Akshaya Patra is able to feed 1.3 million mid-day meal beneficiaries. The menu of Akshaya Patra mid-day meal is universal and can be consumed by all children thereby enhancing socialisation among children of different castes and section. Each mid-day meal beneficiary has his or her own story to share. Here is one such story of a mid-day meal beneficiary.

"I want to teach as many kids and help them stand on their own feet.” These are not just the words of an aspiring teacher rather these are the words of a well aware child. Martuthi L.R, a mid-day meal beneficiary, at a young age is aware of the need of education and hence is determined to pursue a career as a teacher. Though due to circumstances he started his schooling late yet this mid-day meal beneficiary has chalked out his plans of pursuing higher education. His elder sister who could not attend school encourages him to remain focused and study sincerely to achieve his goals.

While talking about his school and ambition Maruthi also expresses his gratitude towards Akshaya Patra.  He says, “The Akshaya Patra mid-day meal has not only helped me but also many others like me who come to school empty stomach. The freshly cooked Akshaya Patra mid-day meal is like a blessing for us and especially during summer holidays.” He goes on to add, “I have gone through hardships and hence I know the significance of one meal to sustain through the day in school.”

As a charity in Karnataka, Akshaya Patra feeds 460,046 children across 2,627 Government schools in five locations of the state namely Bangalore, Bellary, Hubli, Mangalore and Mysore. Get to know many more mid-day meal beneficiaries of the Foundation in stories of change. The stories of each beneficiary are a story of hope that is getting nurtured every day through food and education. Consider to donate to this charity in Karnataka. You will not only provide food but also help in shaping dreams into reality.

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