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Akshaya Patra Beneficiary – An Engineer in the Making!

Dreaming is one thing and the quest to achieve it despite all odds is altogether a different story. As children, we must have had our special dreams of pursuing a particular profession. But, over time many of us negotiated with our dreams either due to lack of resources, unavoidable circumstances, or maybe we didn’t hold on to our dreams as much as we should have. However, that’s not how Manikanta possesses his dream! And, that’s not how The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a mid-day meal NGO in Bangalore perceives each dream!

Akshaya Patra Beneficiary

Manikanta is a Standard VIII student at GHPS School, Doddabettahalli, Karnataka. He aspires to be an engineer and does not let any challenges and hurdles come in the way of his aspiration. Manikanta hails from an economically challenged background. He is well aware of his family’s situation and the struggle his parents go through every day to support the family of six. Manikanta’s parents work as labourers and their earning isn’t sufficient to support his dream. Yet, this has not deterred this young boy’s zeal and determination to become an engineer.

An Akshaya Patra beneficiary, Manikanta says, “I love the pulav (a dish made of rice and vegetables) served at school. I love Akshaya Patra’s meals as it is hot and tasty.” He is one of the millions of children getting benefitted by the Foundation’s mid-day meal programme in schools. The programme ensures nutritious school lunch for over 4 million children in Karnataka and over 7 million children across India, on each school day.

The mid-day meal is a source of nutrition for children. It is a significant factor that brings children to school every day, provides them with the required nutrition, and allows them to get closer to their dreams. So that Akshaya Patra can continue providing wholesome meals to Manikanta and many children like him, it requires your support.

Change occurs only when you act! So, step up and actively contribute your time and resources towards this NGO in Bangalore. Your involvement will open avenues for millions of young children to achieve their aspirations and dreams.

Read Manikanta’s full story at Meet Manikanta: Our Would-be Engineer!

Water Conservation Methods at Akshaya Patra Kitchens

On the occasion of World Water Day which is going to be celebrating on March 22nd, Akshaya Patra likes to share few of its water conservation methods which are implemented in its kitchen. This NGO runs pilot projects in its kitchens focussing on every area of kitchen processes and upon achieving favourable results implements it in the daily operations. Some of the measures that have clearly resulted in reduced water consumption are:

To see complete details about the conservation methods and tips given by the beneficiaries, visit: World Water Day

His Love for Gotipua Dance - A Traditional Dance form of Odisha

It is often said that follow your passion but very few are allowed to do it. A student of standard V in Government Kapoteshwar High School in Raghurajpur, Puri, Jyotiranjan joined the Padmashri Guru Magunidas Gotipua Gurukula Niketan (dance academy) to learn Gotipua at the age of seven. He already has to his credit over 20 performances in various cities of Odisha, including Puri and Bhubaneshwar, as well as metros such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata.

Gotipua, a traditional dance form has an important place in the culture of Odisha. It is performed by young boys and involves a range of acrobatic moves – right from handstands to human pyramid.

Jyotiranjan wants to put this dance form on the world map so that it does not disappear like several other traditional dance forms in the country. His long-term plan is to master the dance form and help to promote it all over the world by teaching others. “If we do not save these dance forms, there will come a day when no one will know about them,” he says innocently. At present, he is happy that it gives him an opportunity to travel to different parts of the country. The dance also gives him an exposure to the world outside the heritage town of Raghurajpur.

Short film on Jyotiranjan Das - Gotipua Dancer

His family is based in Puri. His father Nalinikanta Das works as a priest, while his mother Sailabaila is a homemaker. Jyotiranjan lives in the hostel facility provided by the dance academy which eases the burden on the family. Here children wake up 4 am and begin their dance practice which goes on for two hours. After practice, they do their homework and leave for school. The academy also takes care of their students’ breakfast and dinner, while Akshaya Patra an NGO in Odisha takes care of their lunch at the school.

Jyotiranjan says he likes coming to school because he gets to learn about different things in life and also play kho-kho and kabaddi with his friends. As for academic learning, he enjoys Odiya literature. He also likes environmental science and geography as they give information about the nature, planet, different countries, etc.

The 10-yr-old Jyotiranjan is confident that he will make it big in the world of Gotipua and to a great extent, his confidence stems from the exposure he has got over the course of time. As for his parents, they want him to focus on both – dance and academics and make a name for himself all over the world.

Currently, Akshaya Patra’s school lunch programme feeds over 1.6 million children in 13,800+ schools across 12 states of India. We have to make sure that no child suffers from malnutrition and can have a bright life. You can be a part of this journey and your donation can transform life of a child. You can donate for education in India by choosing to sponsor a child or more!

Our Interns Experience at Great Place to Work

Every students prefers to take internship at the companies or organisation which is having a great place to work and atmosphere. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one among the Great Place to Work. Many students who wants to intern in charities prefer Akshaya Patra as their choice, as it gives you more exposure and experience. Recently it blogged on the interns experience and in the first series of it few interns shared their experience of working at the organisation.

You can read about their experience here: Internship Experience

My mom would feel proud to see me save lives

Manasi - Akshaya Patra Beneficiary

Wanting to make their parents proud is a dream many children nurture. Manasi Lohar, beneficiary of an NGO in Gujarat, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, is one such child. She is studying in Std V in Smt Tarabhen Modak Primary School in Surat, Gujarat. “I want to study well and become a doctor,” says Manasi, who loves reading about new things every day. The 10-year-old wants to be a doctor so that she can save people’s lives. She also adds, “It’s my mother’s dream to see me achieve big things in life. I want to make her proud.” Apart from Gujarat, Akshaya Patra also served Mid-day Meals to children in other countries.

Manasi’s mother is a homemaker, while her father works in a factory. She has an elder sister, who studies in Std VII and a younger brother in Std II. She likes to participate in various competitions that are held in school. She stood second in an essay-writing competition that was held recently to spread awareness about the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission). The young girl advocates the importance of keeping surroundings clean. 

Math is Manasi’s favorite subject because she finds it challenging to solve mathematical problems. As for sports, she likes playing kho-kho and kabaddi.

Manasi relishes Mid-day Meals served in Surat by Akshaya Patra. She says it’s tasty, like homemade food. She lists the dishes that are served in her school like khichdi, varan (daal), poli (roti) and others. Of these, she says, khichdi is her favorite and adds that food is important for our growth because it provides necessary nutrients.

Mansi is just one of the many children who needs your support. Be a part of the initiative to make their dreams come true. To sponsor a child, donate online.

Revati’s hope story by Akshaya Patra

Revati - Akshaya Patra Beneficiary

Empathy walks hand in hand with Revati. An Akshaya Patra beneficiary (Akshaya Patra is an NGO in Mysuru and 28 other locations in India), Revati is a 10-year-old girl studying in Class V in Government Higher Primary School (GHPS), Hinkal, Mysuru. This young mind aims to become a pediatrician while empathy drives her ambition. She says, “I like children a lot. I wish to ease their suffering.”

Strong support for a strong aspiration

Revati, a student who is benefitted by Mid-Day Meal Programme in Karnataka, comes from a broken home. Her mother committed suicide when she was just three months old. Her father, who remarried after the incident, works as a coolie at a provision store. Her 11-year-old elder sister stays with him, whereas Revati stays with maternal grandmother in a joint family. She sees her father once a week or once a fortnight.  

Hope in the story 

A determined student, Revati counts English and Kannada as her favourite subjects. “I also like drawing, dancing and participating in cultural programmes. Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meals in Karnataka are a big hit with Revati and her classmates. They are also a relief and reassurance for her family that she gets a healthy, wholesome school lunch every day. She enthusiastically states, “The food is tasty, nutritious and hygienic, which is great. The payasam and Bisibele Baath are my favourite.”

Read all the Akshaya Patra Beneficiary stories at hope stories.

Meet Narsimha Raju | Hope Story by Akshaya Patra

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His interests revolve around sports. Meet Narsimha Raju who wants to become a Physical Education (PE) teacher when grows up; he says “Nobody can have a positive influence on a child’s life the way a PE teacher can.”

Narsimha Raju, a Standard V student from Visakhapatnam, comes from a humble background and is also a beneficiary of Akshaya Patra – an NGO in Visakhapatnam. His father is a driver with a travel company, while his mother looks after the house. Once the school day ends, he helps his mother with daily chores like shopping for groceries and, fetching water. In the evenings, he plays with neighbourhood children and ensures he completes his homework. He also looks after his younger sister Meghana, who studies in Standard III.

For a student, his career goal seems clear. He says, “My goal will be to make good sportsman, so that when they win, I will get both, appreciation and happiness.” Apparently, his school’s PE teacher of has had a good influence on the lives of children studying in this school. More importantly, Narsimha Raju has seen people — both, management and visitors – appreciate the teacher for his enthusiasm. No wonder then, it serves as an inspiration from him.

He is an Akshaya Patra’s beneficiary who is benefitted by the Foundation’s Mid-Day Meal Programme in Andhra Pradesh. To know more about Narsimha Raju, visit stories of hope.

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