Thursday, 16 April 2015

Akshaya Patra provides food for education

There is an NGO that aims to provide food for education to underserved children in India. The name of this organisation is The Akshaya Patra Foundation. Established in 2000, this NGO started its first kitchen in Bangalore, Karnataka providing the mid-day meal programme to just 1,500 children across 5 Government schools in the area. Born out of a vision that 'No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger' the Foundation now feeds over 1.4 million children across 24 locations, and 10,770 schools in India every day. But the Foundation still drives on to fulfill its mission of feeding 5 million children by 2020. To realise this goal, the support of the community, corporate sector and Government are crucial. Online donation to ngo website will go a long way to helping fulfil these dreams.

No child can concentrate on studying with an empty stomach. That is why Akshaya Patra works to provide food for education to children in India. By providing them with the nutritious mid-day meal on every school day, children have an incentive to attend school. Parents are also more encouraged to allow their children to attend class rather than spend their day working and earning money for the family, since they won't have to worry about feeding an extra mouth that day. This mid-day meal scheme brings the children to school and gives them the energy and motivation to study hard through the day. With their basic need of hunger met, children can turn their attention to other things like their goals and ambitions. Very often beneficiaries of the programme express their desire to study and get a good job, so that they can help extricate their family from the cycle of hunger and poverty in which they live. The interesting thing is that it doesn't take much help keep a child in school. By contributing Rs. 750 in an online donation to NGO the Foundation can feed a child for an entire year.

Food for education is the right of every child. It gives them the choice of getting educated over years of child labour. The Akshaya Patra mid-day meal programme has proved to have an excellent impact on the lives of the beneficiaries. In addition to improving school enrollment and daily classroom attendance, it has also improved the nutritional standards of the children, improved their attention span, concentration and energy levels, helped reduce social barriers like caste hierarchy, and also helped improve the children's social skills. By providing a mid-day meal the children develop beyond textbook education. Make an online donation to NGO to help end classroom hunger in India.


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