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The Akshaya Patra Foundation


Nandita Das Joins Hands with The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Posted: 15 May 2012 03:15 AM PDT

Nandita Das supports The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Tue, 2012-05-15
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Nandita Das, eminent Indian actress known for her roles in movies based on unconventional themes has sponsored mid-day meals for 20 children. Acknowledging the Foundation's efforts in eradicating class room hunger she said, "I am well aware of the contribution of Akshaya Patra and have great regards for its contribution."
Nandita Das supports The Akshaya Patra Foundation
Tue, 2012-05-15

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Experience during the time of disaster

Posted: 14 May 2012 04:02 AM PDT

Around the beginning of October 2009, when all schools had closed for Dasara holidays and people across India were celebrating the festive season, Karnataka experienced one of its greatest tragedies. Retreating South-West monsoons brought heavy rain, resulting in the worst floods in over a 100 years [1]. More than half a million people were displaced, and scores lost their lives in the ensuing tragedy [2]. As authorities fought to control the situation, a request for assistance was made to Akshaya Patra by the District Zilla Panchayat of the region.
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Mon, 2012-05-14

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Wonder what Akshaya Patra has in store for the future...

Posted: 14 May 2012 03:45 AM PDT

7:00 AM I slipped into a pair of oversized slippers, tucked my hair into a shower cap, and stepped into the hot and steamy kitchen, where human-sized cauldrons full of rice and sambhar were brewing. On my right, several large metal baskets were being filled with the exact same quantity of rice at the simple press of a button. Workers carried these containers and placed them under a row of faucets, where pressurized water filled the bowls and cleansed the rice. I turned back around to see water gush out from the bottom of the cauldrons.
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Testimony on Akshaya Patra and Madhu Pandit Dasa by Dr.S.Nayana Tara

Posted: 14 May 2012 03:34 AM PDT

"I have known Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa and the Akshaya Patra Foundation for the past eight years and seen him build the program from a humble beginning of feeding 1500 children in government schools coming from underprivileged families to its present staggering size and scale of feeding 973,000 children every day in 14 locations in India!! I have had the opportunity of closely observing the program from the very early days when I too served on the Advisory Board of Akshaya Patra for a couple of year.
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Mon, 2012-05-14

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Fortis extends its’ helping hand to Akshaya Patra

Posted: 14 May 2012 03:22 AM PDT

Fortis Investments, an autonomous investment management company has recently joined The Akshayapatra Foundation bandwagon. The management has adopted 229 children in Bangalore from 3 schools where Akshaya Patra's midday meal programme is practiced. Mr.
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Mon, 2012-05-14

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The decentralized kitchen of Akshaya Patra

Posted: 14 May 2012 03:18 AM PDT

Baran- a remote corner of Rajasthan- where the people are denied of even the basic amenities of life, Akshaya Patra reaches out to 20,200 underprivileged children with the nutritious unlimited food through their decentralized kitchen. You must be wondering what this decentralized kitchen is. Decentralized kitchens are those kitchens of Akshaya Patra where the operations are carried out manually involving the local population of the vicinity.
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What our Volunteers are Saying

Posted: 14 May 2012 03:15 AM PDT

As the UN states, more than 1 billion people in the world are hungry and malnourished, with roughly 146 million children in developing countries being underweight. Of these, 1 in every 3 malnourished children, in the world lives in India. They could find their way out of this crippling cycle of poverty through education but chances are that by the time they grow up, they will have completed only 4.5 years of schooling. That's hardly enough to attain the most basic literacy skills, let alone find a respectable, well paying job.
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Times of disaster: Helping those who need help the most

Posted: 14 May 2012 02:13 AM PDT

Disaster always calls for urgent measures. At times like this the country stands up to support those stricken by the tragedy and often support pours in from all corners. On the other hand, this is also a time, when people want to help but don't know how or where to contribute and help. A fair section of those who give at this time end up getting disappointed, as they never hear about what happened to their money. That's where organizations like ours step in to make a difference. Akshaya Patra has been swift to respond to the need of the hour, helping victims of unfortunate tragedies.
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Mon, 2012-05-14

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Charity needs no special occasion

Posted: 14 May 2012 02:08 AM PDT

Trends show that individual giving peaks every time it's a loved one's birthday or anniversary in the family. This type of charity achieves multiple purposes: 1. It makes you feel good, driving home the feeling of having done the good deed for the day on your special day. 2. It goes a long way in establishing your relationship with the organization you give to. In all likelihood, you will give to the same organization the next year too. And especially, if the charity has been diligent in keeping you informed on its activities. 3.
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Akshaya Patra’s Hyderabad blues

Posted: 14 May 2012 02:05 AM PDT

The Akshaya Patra Foundation has its operations over 18 locations across India, each one filled with its own triumphs and trials. Lakshmikant Dasa, the location head of Hyderabad, explains the challenges faced by Akshaya Patra in that city. Located in an industrial area, the kitchen there has always had many hurdles to overcome, one of them being the problem of retaining workers. We have therefore come up with many incentives in order to encourage them to stay. A bonus is given at the end of every month for all the employees who did not take leave during that period of 30 days.
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Enhancing capabilities through life skills education

Posted: 14 May 2012 02:02 AM PDT

When Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Board examination paper pattern for 10th standard for 2009-10 has been reviewed, with the ratio of marks for descriptive type questions and multiple choice questions, parents and teachers of those students studying in govt. schools across the state was anxious, let alone students on how they will cope with the new pattern. However for Gururaj kulkarni studying in GJC govt.
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Akshaya Patra and Millennium Development Goals

Posted: 14 May 2012 02:00 AM PDT

When the world's leaders met at the dawn of the new millennia, they came together with a single unifying aim: '[to ensure] human development reaches everyone, everywhere." With this in mind, they adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the year 2000.
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We Shall Overcome - A song of Hope

Posted: 14 May 2012 01:58 AM PDT

It is truly frightening that two million children in India die because of hunger and add to our hunger statistics every year. This implies that in India 6000 children dies every single day because of starvation. The situation persists for decades because, for generations they continue to be clad with poverty unable to break the vicious cycle. To secure a single meal for a day, children take up menial jobs in hazardous work environment which makes them vulnerable to dreadful diseases. Today 13.5 million children are out of school because they have to arrange for their food for survival.
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Mon, 2012-05-14

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Things will change for better...

Posted: 14 May 2012 01:55 AM PDT

"I hope you don't mind me asking, but what brought you here? You're a Brandeis graduate, you could be anywhere in the world," I asked Geeta. It was a causal Wednesday and like most Wednesdays, this one was full of its own mid-week nightmares. By the time I met Geeta, I was beginning to think the nightmare would never end. I asked the question almost as an afterthought, but I'm glad I did. Her answer kept me going for the rest of the day. In fact, it will stay with me forever. "Have you visited the kitchen?" she asked.
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Mon, 2012-05-14

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A birthday party with a difference

Posted: 14 May 2012 01:51 AM PDT

Sometimes support comes to us from unexpected quarters and just goes to prove a point - if we do our job well, someone somewhere notices and justice is done! A recent case of support by an NRI well-wisher is a good example of this. Ms Madhuri Pai from Hong Kong had heard about Akshaya Patra and our work in providing free, unlimited food for education to underprivileged children in India. Touched by our cause and convinced about our work, she wanted to do something to help our efforts.
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Mon, 2012-05-14

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Plight of Children

Posted: 14 May 2012 01:47 AM PDT

Just a few minutes remained for lunch break but Santosh could wait no longer. There are hardly any words to describe the eagerness in the 7th standard student's eyes as he looked out of the window, waiting for his lesson to be over. As the clock struck noon, Santosh along with his friends, ran into the dining area, ready for piping hot food. It was their favorite Akshaya Patra's rice and sambhar today. Like thousands of children across India, Santosh works in the evening at a construction site for a mere pittance.
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Mon, 2012-05-14

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Now, a kitchen from Bangalore for Mumbai's poor kids

Posted: 14 May 2012 01:07 AM PDT

While education for the city's underprivileged children is of utmost importance, it is equally exigent that they get regular, nutritious meals. Recognising this, The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF), a Bangalore-based NGO that operates the world's largest privately run midday meal programme, is planning to set up a centralised kitchen in the city.
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Akshaya Patra for “Right To Education”

Posted: 14 May 2012 01:02 AM PDT

Akshaya Patra welcomes Government of India's decision to implement law to provide free and compulsory education to all children in age group of 6-14 years. With the implementation of this law we can ensure that every child gets education which is a key to success. At present, there are nearly 22 crore children in the relevant age group. However, 4.6 per cent of these children (nearly 92 lakh) are out of school.
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Food insecurity and 'Twin track strategy'

Posted: 14 May 2012 01:01 AM PDT

A household is said to be food insecure when the people in it live in fear of hunger and starvation. Food insecurity affects millions around the world and children, the most vulnerable members of society, are the greatest affected it. Caught in the clutches of poverty and living a hand to mouth existence, many survive on less than one meal a day. While education may be the surest ticket out of the many dehumanizing and abject conditions faced by these children, improving their health and physical well being is the first, most important step to securing their future.
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Every rupee counts in making a dream turn into reality!

Posted: 14 May 2012 12:58 AM PDT

What are festivals for and why are they celebrated? It is to share the success, happiness and prosperity with your family and dear ones. Sometimes the most unexpected of requests come our way and yet it just goes to show how appreciated the work of Akshaya Patra is. Recently a well wisher got in touch with us to say that this year her husband and she had decided to celebrate Diwali a little differently. They joined Akshaya Patra to show the world what these children are capable of, by adding some children into their family group. Mr. Paritosh Mehta along with his wife Mrs.
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Mon, 2012-05-14

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