The Akshaya Patra Foundation, NGO in India started in 2000. The organisation accepts donation for children to run its Mid-Day Meal programme in 10 states and to support education.
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Role of The Akshaya Patra
Foundation in Indian
When the British left India in 1947, India had a long way to go to
overcome poverty and illiteracy. Though it was not easy; India has
made great strides in this regard since independence. However, the
initiative to make changes in the society started long back before we
got freedom from foreign rule and was mainly marked with the
emergence of non-government organisations (NGOs) in the 19th
century. Since then, NGOs have served as backbones of our
development. Today, India is home to more than 31 lakh NGOs and
The Akshaya Patra Foundation, is one of them. Therole of NGO varies
from ending classroom hunger to providing education for underserved
children in India. The organisation receives donation for childrenfrom
different parts of the world to feed millions of students in India.
Though overall development has been the main focus, NGOs also play
various roles in India, including health, child education, hunger, child
labour and rural development. However, only a few, like The Akshaya
Patra Foundationhas succeeded in making large strides. The NGO
started its humble efforts to fight classroom hunger in June 2000.
However it was only in November 2001, the Supreme Court of India
ordered all State Governments and Union Territories to start a mid-day
meal scheme for school children. The organisation was soon
recognised as an implementing arm of the Government. Impressed
with the quality of the school lunch programme run by the NGO, many
State Governments have partnered with the organization in India.
The Role of NGO in the expansion of the Mid-Day Meal programme is
really noteworthy. The NGO, which has actively volunteered and stood
for the cause, at present, feeds over 1.4 million children in 10,845
Government schools and Government-aided schools in 24 locations
across 10 states in India. It is also considered to be the world’s
largest NGO-run mid-day meal programme.
Apart from ending classroom hunger, therole of NGO has extended to
improve school attendance, school enrolment rates, nutritional status
of children and women empowerment. Over the past 15 years, people
from different parts of the world have supported the initiative. No
wonder, The Akshaya Patra Foundation has 24 kitchens across the
The Mid-Day Meal programme of Akshaya Patra has been running
mainly through receiving donation for children. Supporting the
programme is not a costly affair anddonation for children starts from
₹750 onwards. Additionally, the organisation also gives an opportunity
to donate in memory of or in honour of someone you love or respect. Of
them all, the most important definitely, is the tax exemption
donations. Donation of ₹ 500 or above is eligible for 100% tax
exemption in India.
There is no doubt in the fact that, NGOs such as Akshaya Patra has
helped build a better India. However, we want to expand our
programme to 5 million children by 2020.
The situation will be far better, if each one of us come forward and
participate in the programme to support the organization to feed the
children for education.
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