Welcome to Akshaya Patra’s fundraising page! Learn about our mission, support our program, and help eradicate hunger and promote education for deserving children in India.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one of the world’s largest NGO-run midday meal programs feeding over 1.3 million children in over 9,000 schools throughout 10 states of India. A public-private partnership, Akshaya Patra combines good management, innovative technology and smart engineering to deliver school lunch at a fraction of the cost of similar programs in other parts of the world. It costs Akshaya Patra only $15 to feed a child for an entire year. This meal gives these children an incentive to come to school, stay in school and provides them with the necessary nutrients they need to develop their cognitive abilities to focus on learning.
Despite India’s booming economic growth, the country is still home to millions of people suffering from the dual tragedies of malnutrition and lack of education. UNICEF estimates that 57 million Indian children are malnourished, impairing cognitive and social development. The 2011 Global Hunger Index, a report published by the International Food Policy Research Institute, placed India at 67 out of 81 developing countries in hunger. Unless these serious problems are addressed, large numbers of India’s children will remain unhealthy and uneducated.
A wholesome mid-day meal, served in schools, helps break the cycle of poverty and aids children to become productive global citizens. India’s expanding economy, in this global environment, presents extraordinary opportunities for large numbers of young people, but those who remain uneducated, unskilled and unhealthy will have poor prospects. Akshaya Patra’s technology applications benefit humanity through liberating children from hunger and lack of education and ultimately investing in a better world by protecting our future.
In a short time, the foundation has grown to become the largest, and certainly most innovative, school lunch program in the world. Akshaya Patra is a great example of what can be accomplished when the public sector, private sector and the civic society collaborate-- a cost effective, scalable solution with high quality service delivery. After reaching its initial goal of feeding one million children each school day, Akshaya Patra’s next milestone is to serve 5 million children daily by 2020.
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