Eliminate Classroom Hunger
Millions of children across the length and breadth of our country do not have the opportunity to go to school and get an education because they are forced to earn their daily meal. We all know that a hungry belly has no ears. Nothing will interest a hungry child other than food. And going to school for acquiring education and learning would be the last thing that would cross their mind.
Even if they do go to school, hungry kids can’t learn. Hunger impacts their ability to concentrate resulting in headaches and stomach aches and poor academic performance.
Akshaya Patra is a non-profit organisation is the implementing partner of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in schools and works on a vision goal that “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.”
Through the mid-day meal programme, Akshaya Patra Foundation attempts to feed millions of children in India who have the zeal to learn and achieve, but not the means. By feeding them that one wholesome meal a day, they are giving them the motivation and nourishment they need to pursue an education and a better future. This philanthropic initiative is helping in addressing many of the crucial factors contributing to poverty and child labour in India, while working to spark a movement that will eradicate this social evil from Indian society.
We all can do our bit and join hands with Akshay Patra Foundation and reach out to help eliminate classroom hunger.
A donation of just Rs 750 will feed a child for an entire year! Corporate companies can ask their employees to donate Rs 750 per month as part of corporate social responsibility. This way each employee can help feed 12 children for an entire year! Giving for a noble cause, as part of company initiative would instil a great sense of common purpose and pride amongst the employees.
Similarly, children in city schools can be a part of this initiative by contributing Rs 100 every month. This small individual amount can make a big difference in the lives of many children who have a hard road for a plate of food.
I am going to #BlogToFeedAChild with Akshaya Patra and BlogAdda.
Kudos to BlogAdda for joining hands with Akshaya Patra to end classroom hunger. For every blog post we write, BlogAdda will sponsor meals for an Akshaya Patra beneficiary for an entire year, as a part of their Bloggers Social Responsibility.
November 20, 2014 2:32 pm|
It is so important that we ensure that the children of our country are well fed and brought up in a healthy way…
November 22, 2014 1:44 pm|
Oh yes, a healthy child is a happy child, indeed!
November 20, 2014 2:46 pm|
Hunger is horrible… When we get hungry are we able to concentrate on anything … Hope some day our country gets rid of it …
November 22, 2014 1:47 pm|
I know, what you mean. Imagine, the plight of the little children, when they know that they are hungry but don’t have the means to feed themselves.While one can still manage to live with other life problems, but certainly not hunger!
November 20, 2014 4:34 pm|
There’s been times in my past when I’ve been hungry enough not to be able to concentrate. Horrible when it happens to children. I think it’s wonderful that you are adding your voice and talents to this cause. Shilpa.
November 22, 2014 1:49 pm|
True, when we are hungry, our focus is only on that hot plate of food. Imagine, how it must be for the kids! Thank you, LuAnn!
November 20, 2014 4:52 pm|
Good initiative. It’s surprising to see how little one needs to donate to feed many people. Hopefully many people will come forward to donate for this initiative.
November 22, 2014 1:49 pm|
It is a fabulous initiative, indeed and we all can do a lot in helping end classroom hunger!
November 20, 2014 4:59 pm|
they are doing a beautiful job in feeding and motivating the kids … Wonderful article on spreading the message.
November 22, 2014 1:50 pm|
Akshay Patra Foundation is doing fantastic job, indeed! Thanks Raj!
November 20, 2014 9:23 pm|
Simply brilliant ideas… you’re right too. Corporates could easily help if they choose to…
November 22, 2014 1:51 pm|
Thanks Roshan! Loved your idea of tagging 5 bloggers!
Yes, corporates can do a lot as part of their CSR activity and they can make a big difference!
November 20, 2014 10:27 pm|
Akshayapatra is such a fabulous initiative.. I hope they last without succumbing to the pressures of politics and corruption.
And us doing our bit will ensure that kids are healthy and fed.
November 22, 2014 1:52 pm|
Hope not! Touch wood!
November 20, 2014 11:15 pm|
Good initiative. There are many of us who take a meal for granted. Only when we see what happens to those who yearn for a decent meal a day, do we realize how lucky we are.
Considering how much we spend, this is something worth spending, knowing that it would make a difference to someone!
November 22, 2014 1:58 pm|
We are indeed blessed and the sad part is that we don’t realize it! Agree, it’s time we wake up and spend wisely and help those who need it the most. And the best is the satisfaction and happiness one gets on making a difference in somebody’s life!
November 21, 2014 5:29 am|
Sounds like a very worthwhile cause and organization – thank you for sharing and doing your part to help!
November 22, 2014 1:59 pm|
Yes, it is a noble cause, helping millions of young children, helping them to grow and learn!
November 21, 2014 6:39 am|
Yes, for sure: how can a child learn when they are experiencing headaches, tummy aches, and the like? They require food in their bellies so that they are able to concentrate AND learn AND grow! A well-written post for a great cause. 🙂 <3
November 22, 2014 2:00 pm|
True that! One cant even think straight on an empty stomach! Thanks Elly ♥
November 21, 2014 4:44 pm|
It is great that you wrote for this initiative too. I have been supporting Akshaya Patra for years now. I think it is a great initiative but much more needs to be done.
November 22, 2014 2:02 pm|
Yes, I have read your post on that! Kudos to you, Rachna for doing your bit. Akshay Patra Foundation is doing a commendable work and hope that it helps in eliminating classroom hunger for all. And we all must be part of this initiative too!
November 21, 2014 6:43 pm|
Personally,I have no faith in what NGOs claim to be doing.
Here again,civil society must come forward.Not that I am claiming credit,we supported one poor student for study and till we got her married.If each one of come forward,you will see a new India in coming days,but,but, the attitude seems to be…EVERYBODY FOR HIMSELF AND GOD FOR EVERYBODY.
November 22, 2014 2:06 pm|
I believe this one NGO is doing a fabulous job. That’s great that you supported and made a difference in a child’s life. We have sponsored the education of a girl child through Oxfam India and of course, we do our little bit at SOS Village and Mother Teresa Home too! True, if each one us do a little good around us, it can make a BIG difference!
November 22, 2014 5:01 pm|
From whatever I’ve read about it, Akshaya Patra is an organisation that has been doing a wonderful job. I’m particularly impressed by the technology they use in their kitchens.
I read recently that they take pains to ensure that the meals served in each place is based on the eating habits of the people in that place. For example, a meal served in south India would have more rice, but a meal served in western India would have more chapaatis.
November 23, 2014 12:25 am|
Wow! I was not aware that they take note of region specific food habits. Simply awe-inspiring! Thanks for sharing that PI 🙂
November 22, 2014 5:57 pm|
Thank you Shilpa for tagging me for this very noble job. Akshay Patra is doing yeoman’s service for the benefit of starving souls.
November 23, 2014 12:23 am|
Thank you so much Ma’am for joining us. Appreciate it a lot! 🙂
November 24, 2014 5:43 pm|
I have seen Akshaypatra doing wonderful work in Bangalore, Shilpa. We have contributed through cash but never in kind. Glad that Blogadda could come up with such a helpful activity and engage bloggers for such a noble cause.
November 25, 2014 12:07 pm|
Great that we too can help feed children thanks to this noble initiative.
You have nicely shared the break-up details of the cost 🙂
Hope no child remains hungry.
November 27, 2014 5:40 pm|
First of all, hats off to you for taking this up and writing about this. A great initiative by blogadda too. Creating awareness is the first step towards anything.
Akshaya Patra … They are everything their name suggests.I have heard about them and their wonderful work.