Akshaya Patra Foundation USA

Akshaya Patra's mission is to simultaneously address childhood hunger and malnutrition and to promote education for underserved children in India.
May 14, 2013

World Day Against Child Labor on June 12th

Vishal the Magician
Vishal the Magician

Child activist Grace Abbott once said, “Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.” On June 12, 2013 the world will celebrate World Day Against Child Labor and recommit itself to eradicating child labor . Child labor endangers the lives of children and prevents them from accessing the educational opportunities that can truly deliver them out of poverty. 

Grace Abbott's words ring true in India, where some 26.8 million children are not attending school. Many come from impoverished families that struggle to earn the basic necessities.  Economic necessities push some 45.2 million of these children (14 %) to take up menial labor jobs instead of going to school. 60% of children who dropped out of school cited the need to supplement family income through household chores and domestic work, and another 30% cited the need to earn money. In order to provide for their basic needs, families have to focus on short term goals, suing their children's labor. As a result, these families remain caught in a vicious cycle of poverty.

The story of Vishal, the little magician from Jaipur, is typical of many children caught in the cycle of poverty and illustrates how Akshaya Patra's innovative school lunch program is changing the equation for over 1.3 million under-privileged children. At one time you could  find Vishal performing magic tricks in the streets of Jaipur.  His mother, who works as a day laborer,  says “I am forced to send my children to earn.  Every parent has a dream, but my day-to-day thoughts are all about feeding our hungry stomachs.  Earlier I would tell him to work the entire day, but because he gets good food and at the same time learns some lessons, I allow him to attend school most of the days.” She hopes that Vishal doesn’t lead a life of hardship and hopes that education will transform his life.

Your support of Akshaya Patra can make a difference in the lives of children by providing them with meals that act as an incentive for them to come to school, instead of to work.

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Feb 7, 2013

AP ranked among Top 100 NGOs, #1 for children!

Make a positive impact in the lives of children!
Make a positive impact in the lives of children!

The Akshaya Patra Foundation has been ranked 24th in the world in the Global Journal’s 2013 edition of their 100 Top NGOs annual ranking.  The Global Journal, an international journal based in Geneva, selects the top NGOs around the world that exemplify three key criteria:  impact, innovation, and sustainability. Akshaya Patra was ranked 1st of these NGOs for the “Children & Youth” category.

Our program is making a positive impact in the lives of over one million children. With your continued support, we are sure to reach our next milestone of feeding five million deserving children by 2020! Thank you for supporting our program!

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Nov 7, 2012

Bring Hope for the Holidays

AP beneficiaries
AP beneficiaries

As the holiday season quickly approaches I can't help but feel thankful and joyous at all we have been able to accomplish this year with the support of compassionate donors like you. Below are some highlights of what we have been up to since August 2012:

  • Akshaya Patra's Jaipur Kitchen launched the country's first ever bakery machine for the midday meal program. The machine is capable of producing 30,000 biscuits a day and will give added taste and variety in the mid day meal menu.
  • The month of August saw heavy rains in the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, and surrounding areas, causing residents of the region to face flash floods, displacement and food insecurity. Thousands were rendered homeless and a few people were killed in the heavy downpour. At the request of district administration, the Akshaya Patra Foundation came to the rescue of the flood victims and distributed over 50,000 meals in the disaster affected areas.
  • Akshaya Thali Program has been launched in Uttar Pradesh in efforts to distribute free plates to all government schools. In rural areas, it is a common sight to see a group on children sharing a meal on one small plate. The Thali program will ensure that each child can enjoy their own meal and higher standards of hygiene are met.
  • Akshaya Patra stepped in, at the request of the Uttar Pradesh state government, and has announced plans to expand its operations in the state to Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Agra and Kannauj in efforts to tackle the states high malnutrition rate.

Akshaya Patra continues to serve a nuritious meal to nearly 1.4 million children DAILY and we are well on our way to reaching our goal of feeding 5 million children by 2020. Your support has enabled this growth and brought smiles of hope to the faces of deserving children. During the upcoming holidays, let us remember the Akshaya Patra children who have become part of our families and that each of us has made a commitment to ensure that hunger is not a barrier to education for them.

Here's hoping the holidays brings you and your family bright sparkles of contentment and peace that stay with you throughout the year!

All the best,

Kerry Markey

Beneficiaries eating lunch
Beneficiaries eating lunch
Beneficiaries eatign lunch 2
Beneficiaries eatign lunch 2

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