Monday, 2 December 2013

Mid-day meal in Hyderabad keeps hope alive

As an operating NGO in Andhra Pradesh, The Akshaya Patra Foundation provides mid-day meal in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam. The total reach of this NGO in Andhra Pradesh is 60,098 children in 461 Government schools.  By providing mid-day meal in Hyderabad, it feeds a total of 54,849 school children in 454 Government schools, every day. The total reach of Akshaya Patra in Visakhapatnam is 5,249 children in 7 Government schools. This NGO in Andhra Pradesh is also involved in Anganwadi feeding programme.

Every meal of Akshaya Patra has a story. This is the reason why this NGO is strategically and cautiously increasing its footprints across the country. However, it is already operating in 20 locations across nine states. The story of Bhanuchandar, a beneficiary of mid-day meal in Hyderabad brings to fore the importance of mid-day meal programme. Bhanuchandar is a 8-year-old boy and a beneficiary of Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal programme.

He is a polio victim and is being taken care of by his grandmother. His grandmother means the world to this young child. Despite being 55 years old and also an asthmatic herself, Bhanu’s grandmother still tows the wheelchair to drop and pick Bhanu to and from school. Bhanu’s uncle works as a daily wage labourer, and the days when he does not get a job, the entire family goes to bed empty stomach. This is where mid-day meal comes as a blessing. Thus, by being an operating NGO in Andhra Pradesh and many other locations, Akshaya Patra is able to reach the grass root level of the society.

The challenge that Bhanu faces makes nutritious meal very vital for his physical stamina. Bhanu’s grandmother says, she is happy as her grandson is able to avail a wholesome meal at least once a day. Bhanu’s teacher Laxmi says, lack of nutrition has also affected Bhanu’s maturity level. But, she is certain that Bhanu will overcome all obstacles and grow up to be a confident individual.

She adds that by providing mid-day meal in Hyderabad, Akshaya Patra is keeping alive the hopes of many more Bhanu’s. Be a part of this NGO in Andhra Pradesh- one of the best charities to donate for children. Contribute by donation or voluntary participation.

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