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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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