Monday, December 20, 2010

Akshaya Patra - "Feed the children" initiative

This post is a bit different from my past ones as it’s my humble attempt to espouse a noble cause. At the end of the blog, even you would come across an opportunity to make a difference. So let’s begin. By the way your mere click has ensured that 50 underprivileged children would be fed today.

If I ask you what is more important, education or food then most would rate food higher as our survival depends on it. So providing free education to hungry students wasn’t going to work. Most of us must have heard about “The Mid-day Meal Scheme”, the name for school meal programme in India. It involves provision of lunch free of cost to school-children on all working days. The key objectives of the programme are: protecting children from classroom hunger, increasing school enrolment and attendance, improved socialisation among children belonging to all castes, addressing malnutrition, and social empowerment through provision of employment to women. Nice initiative isn’t it? The following paragraph would describe the foundation that was a sort of torchbearer to this initiative.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is the largest non-profit organisation in the world to implement the school meal programme. What started in Bangalore 10 years ago as a pilot programme, has now expanded to 18 locations across 8 states in India to feed over 1.2 million children today. With the partnership of the Government of India & various State governments, as well as the generosity of thousands of of supporters, the foundation has grown from a small endeavour to a mammoth force that stretches across the country. As the name itself suggests, The Akshaya Patra (an inexhaustible vessel) is an initiative with an inexhaustible vision.

So if you want to make a big “BIG” difference here is link for online donations.
And if you want to make a small “BIG” difference, share the link.