Feed 50,000 school children a daily meal in India

 
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Dec 22, 2011

2011 Recap and Happy Holidays!

Akshaya Patra Children
Akshaya Patra Children

As 2011 draws to a close, we'd like to thank you because YOU have made a tremendous impact on the lives of the most vulnerable children in India. We are grateful for the collaboration and the confidence you have placed in us that allows us to continue to deliver healthy nutritious meals and provide access to education to over 1.3 million children DAILY.

During this past year  we have expanded our reach to make a real impact in the fight against hunger to another 160,000 children giving them HOPE: Health, Opportunities, Progress and Education. We opened a new kitchen facility in Nathdwara, Rajasthan with a capacity to serve 50,000 children daily. We are constantly innovating to improve the efficiency of operations. To save on fuel costs and to manage with less number of distribution vehicles, we developed and piloted a route simulation software this year that has optimization opportunity of up to 15%. We have installed GPS devices in vehicles to allow us to track vehicles in real time and help us with  routing, rerouting and load balancing. We are using handheld machines to electronically capture data of attendance, indent of food for the next day and feedback from all schools. We rolled out comprehensive Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in April 2011 to standardize processes across units. These initiatives for process optimization will  help  us reach our next milestone of feeding 5 million children by 2020.


The road to freedom from hunger is long. But like all epic journeys, it has to begin with steps taken in the right direction. Our work is still work in progress. We face extraordinary challenges but we also have an extraordinary opportunity to shape the future of these children. During the Holiday Season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to each one of you who make our work possible. We look forward to our work together in 2012 and can't wait to share our ideas and our successes with you.

 

We thank you and wish you and your family peace, love and happiness this holiday season and a joyous 2012.

 

Warm Regards,

The Akshaya Patra Team

Akshaya Patra children
Akshaya Patra children

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Oct 26, 2011

Nathdwara Kitchen Complete!!

Rear view of kitchen
Rear view of kitchen

Greetings from Akshaya Patra!

As the weather begins to turn cold here in Boston our hearts have been warmed by the outpouring of support over the last several months for the construction of our new kitchen in Nathdwara. I am overjoyed to share the good news that the kitchen was fully funded and is now complete! It will be inaugurated on Childrens Day in India, November 14th. The Nathdwara kitchen has the capacity to feed 50,000 children DAILY; giving them an incentive to come to school, stay in school, and provide them with the nutrients they need to focus on learning. We could not have accomplished this project without each one of you and we are incredibly grateful for your support.

Although providing fresh nutritious meals to an additional 50,000 school children is a tremendous step forward, we are still a far way off from reaching our goal of feeding 5 million children by 2020. We will continue to count on the support of each of you and hope that you will continue to share the work of Akshaya Patra with your friends and family.

Thank you for all that you do.

The Akshaya Patra Team 

Front view of kitchen
Front view of kitchen
Rice cleaning machine
Rice cleaning machine
Rice and daal station 1
Rice and daal station 1
Rice and daal station 2
Rice and daal station 2
Nathdwara school children
Nathdwara school children

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Jul 15, 2011

Construction in Nathdwara Underway!

Kitchen Constuction at Nathdwara, Rajasthan
Kitchen Constuction at Nathdwara, Rajasthan

Akshaya Patra has had a very successful and busy second quarter of 2011!

The kitchen in Nathdwara is well underway thanks to all of your donations. This kitchen, once completed, will have the capacity to feed 50,000 children. However, Akshaya Patra is still in dire need of funding to complete the project.

On May 14, 2011, Mrs. Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo was was the keynote speaker at Akshaya Patras annual Food for Education benefit in Boston, MA. Mrs. Nooyi discussed her personal history of growing up in Chennai, India with food rations.  Mrs. Nooyi stated “The message of Akshaya Patra is deeply is clear.  We can meet the world’s food needs as long as we work together to create change.”  In closing remarks Mrs. Nooyi stated “A child’s hunger is entirely preventable, the simple and powerful mission of Akshaya Patra is not just filling empty bellies, but changing the trajectory of countless lives, and this gives us all a renewed sense of what is possible and working together we can unleash the possibility of a better future for every child.”

Last, Akshaya Patra was granted the "Best Innovation" award at the 2011 TiEcon conference, the worlds largest conference for entrepreneurs.


Without the support of donors like you we could not continue to feed over 1.2 million children DAILY. On behalf of the children that we serve, I thank you for your commitment to our vision: No child shall be deprived of education because of hunger. With your continued support we hope to reach our goal of feeding 5 million children by 2020

Kitchen Construction at Nathdwara, Rajasthan
Kitchen Construction at Nathdwara, Rajasthan
Apr 11, 2011

2011 Quarter One kick-started with a bang!

Chidlren Enjoying an Akshaya Patra Meal
Chidlren Enjoying an Akshaya Patra Meal
  • Akshaya Patra has had a fabulous start of 2011 and we hope to achieve our mission to reach 5 Million children by the year 2020 with continued support from each one of you. 

Some of the highlights of Akshaya Patra in Q1 2011:

  • Akshaya Patra’s Green Meals Initiatives :

Akshaya Patra’s environmental goal is to economically, hygienically, and efficiently prepare and deliver school lunches.  Annually, Akshaya Patra serves over 305 million individual meals to school children.  If these meals were prepared using inefficient methods (including burning of wood or charcoal), there would be a high level of environmental impact.  However, Akshaya Patra has addressed this problem by preparing meals in an environmentally-friendly manner, greatly reducing the use of fuel for cooking and drastically decreasing food waste.

Some eco-friendly initiatives being piloted at some of the Akshaya Patra kitchens:

Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) – In order to address concerns of hygiene everything that is procured, is thoroughly washed. This includes rice, vegetables and lentils. The water used for washing contains nutrients and is used for bio-culture. Waste water is also used for washing vehicles.

Rainwater Harvesting – Hubli in the state of Karnataka receives substantial amount of rainfall and in a bid to use this, Akshaya Patra has adopted rainwater harvesting. The rain water is routed into a pond. The water retained in the pond continuously recharges the bore wells, and reduces dependency on corporation water.

Bio-Gas Plant – The kitchens generate by-products and organic waste such as vegetable peelings etc in large quantities on a daily basis.  Proper disposal of the waste poses challenges. The bio gas plant ensures that by-products can be converted into fuel for cooking purposes.

Vermi-composting – By-products and organic wastes are currently addressed through vermi-composting and will be fully replaced by the bio-gas plant.

Thermite Briquette Boiler – As a measure to reduce air pollution, a briquette boiler has been installed. Briquettes are sustainable alternates to conventional fuels and are made of agri-waste, consisting of compressed groundnut shells and grain husks. They also reduce carbon emission and constitute a big step towards achieving a green system.

  • "Time For Kids" did a fabulous article about Akshaya Patra  http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/kids/magazine/ns/0,28413,110121,00.html
  • The first "Food For Education" Benefit event funds were raised successfully in the Bay Area with Deepak Chopra as the key note speaker. Deepak Chopra commented that “Akshaya Patra is Love in Action”

We are counting on your generous support. This will be the best return on your investment, so please consider making Akshaya Patra the philanthropy of your choice. Children are the ultimate beneficiaries.

A school in Hubli - Children enjoying a a hot meal
A school in Hubli - Children enjoying a a hot meal
Hot nutritious meals being served
Hot nutritious meals being served
Roti Machine crancking out 40,000 Rotis
Roti Machine crancking out 40,000 Rotis

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Dec 20, 2010

Rewind 2010 - Akshaya Patra's Accomplishments

As we approach the end of 2010, I want to thank all our supporters who share our vision - "NO CHILD SHALL BE DEPRIVED OF EDUCATION BECAUSE OF HUNGER." 

I also want to share some of the fabulous highlights of 2010 with you and invite you to continue to make Akshaya Patra your philanthropic priority. 

It is with a great deal of pride that I share with you some of Akshaya Patra's  notable accomplishments on its 10th anniversary year:

 

  • Scaled from feeding 1 million children to nearly 1.3 million children daily
  • Kitchens became operational in  Guwahati, Assam and Baroda, Gujarat 
  • Moved from using diesel operated steam boilers to boilers that use bio-degradable briquettes
  • Enhancement of Roti making machine from making 10,000 to 40,000 Rotis per hour along with an automated oil sprinkler
  • Using more economical and nimble delivery vehicles that can traverse narrow roads  
  • A new USA Advisory Board consisting of Deepak Chopra, Narayana Murthy, Nitin Nohria, and Fareed Zakaria was formed . 
  • "Food For Education" Benefit events were organized and funds were raised successfully at  Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Michigan and launched inaugural events in Nashua and New York City
  • President Madhu Sridhar was invited to speak about Akshaya Patra’s partnership with PATH at the Tech Awards annual Awards ceremony
  • Akshaya Patra’s social media presence has been further strengthened by 140,000+ followers on Twitter, close to 5,000 Facebook fans and JUMO has featured Akshaya Patra on its home page
  • Time World did a fabulous article about Akshaya Patra - http://bit.ly/awObIw
  • Celebrity site visits, endorsements and introductions to the Akshaya Patra program:  cricketer Zaheer Khan; leading racer Sudharshana Rao Karwal; bollywood actress Shabana Azmi etc.
  • Site visits to the Akshaya Patra kitchens  by TiE, MIT Alumini, Global Child Nutrition Foundation etc.
  •  Won the ICAI Gold shield award, Indian Express Innovation Award, Best Innovative Project for Innovations in Services to the Urban Poor, LeapVault Change Leadership Awards, SAFA certificate award,          
  • Major corporate partners – Adobe, Applied Materials, Andhra Bank, AUMA, British Biologicals, Canyon Creek Foundation, Caterpillar, CISCO, Deshpande Foundation, EMC, Horne Foundation, Kraft, Math Works, Monsanto Foundation, Samhoud Foundation, State Bank of India, Xilinx, Western Union etc.

 

We are counting on your generous support. This will be the best return on your investment, so please consider making Akshaya Patra the philanthropy of your choice. Children are the ultimate beneficiaries.

 

The Akshaya Patra team wishes you and your family a Holiday season filled with hope, optimism and joy!

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Madhu Shridhar

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