Feed like you'd wanna be fed [Akshaya Patra Program]

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The NGO, Akshaya Patra is giving an opportunity to those who'd like to donate this Christmas season a great chance. They basically deal in providing mid day meals for underprivileged children. Started out in 2000 with 1500 children in Bangalore, and currently providing for 12,53,266 children. 




This was all started by Madhu Pandit Dasa, an IIT engineer turned spiritual leader and an entrepreneur for the social cause. He stated that "Poverty is the primary cause for lack of education." Atleast this takes care of the lack of proper nourishment part of poverty. The organisation distributes freshly cooked healthy meals in more than 5000 government schools. For most of these children, this is the only complete meal in the entire day. This added incentive of coming to school thus improves their education exponentially.



Look at the size of the kid on the left, he's too small to fend for himself in this world



You can read more about them from the wikipedia page or this article by Time magazine. What I've observed most is that many people out there want to donate towards the under privilaged, but either don't know how/where or just plain don't trust the websites out there. You can take your own judgement about donating to these people, but they ask for ONLY Rs. 525 to feed a child for a year. That is the projected costs and I don't know how to use the Rupee symbol on bloody blogspot. You can give in your Pan number and get the tax exemption certificate as well. So if the message isn't clear enough, here's something for the myopic and/or disinterested.


Rs.525 maybe very little or a lot for us but it definitely is a LOT MORE to someone else.

5 comments:

  1. Glad to see so many bloggers joining hands to feed the future souls of India! Their mission statement says it all.

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  2. very well written. nice way of expression.

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  3. It's good to see people blogging about things that are real and good for a change. In my opinion, it's high time we started thinking beyond furthering the motives of commercial corporates.

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  4. Greetings from The Akshaya Patra foundation!

    We would like to thank you for your wonderful post on The Akshaya Patra Foundation.

    We at Akshaya Patra are glad to have an enthusiast like you.
    We would like to share with you that Chase Community Giving is running a campaign on Facebook of which Akshaya Patra is also a part. Chase Community will donate $25,000 to the top 100 charities who receive the most number of votes and will move on to the next level http://bit.ly/iyFELz.

    The good news is we have already qualified for the second level with 941 votes from supporters across the globe. Charity receiving the most votes (rank 1) will get $500,000. Votes for the next round will start from 19th may. So we request you to help us by spreading the word across through your blog and help us get $500,000 from Chase Community Giving to feed more and more children.

    I am sure a blog post from you will make a huge difference.

    Best regards,
    Sarmistha Sengupta
    The Akshaya Patra Foundation
    Bangalore
    www.akshayapatra.org

    “Feeding a hungry child is not charity, it is our social responsibility”

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