The minute any foreign or Indian charitable trust approaches us, the first thing we enquire is about the cause they are working for. The Akshaya Patra Foundation too has answered this question. The main beneficiaries of this Indian charitable trust are children of Government and Government-aided schools. Akshaya Patra is a mid-day meal programme implementing NGO in Odisha and nine other states of India.
Akshaya Patra has been functioning as a NGO in Odisha since June 2006. As a NGO in Odisha, Akshaya Patra provides mid-day meal to 125,242 children in 1,461 Government schools across Puri, Nayagarh, Rourkela and Cuttack. The NGO operates the centralised model of kitchen in Puri, Rourkela and Cuttack, and the decentralised kitchen model in Nayagarh. In total, this Indian charitable trust feeds 1.4 million children across India every day.
There are many Akshaya Patra stories of children from across the country. Here is an anecdote of one of the beneficiaries of Odisha.
Jyotiramayee Sarangi, a 13-year-old girl is a student of Standard VIII at Rakama UPME School in Nayagarh district of Odisha. Her father works as a mechanic and mother is a homemaker. Her brother studies in a different school which is also a beneficiary school of Akshaya Patra. English and MIL (Literature) are Jyotiramayee’s favourite subjects. She enjoys learning English and aspires to become a teacher with the aim to help children become well educated. She adds that, “My teachers are very supportive and that’s what inspired me to pursue a career as a teaching professional when I grow up.”
Like all other children she too enjoys the mid-day meal provided by this NGO in Odisha. When asked about her favourite dish in the meal, her reply left everyone with a he laugh. Her reply was ‘pickle’. Her jovial nature, directness and tidy appearance left an impression that cannot be forgotten easily.
Read more Akshaya Patra stories of children from across India. The life and aspirations of each of the beneficiaries will leave you overwhelmed. Choose to support them. Your contribution of just Rs. 750 can provide a child one wholesome meal per day for one whole year. Feed a child today.
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