Mathura is a pilgrimage that attracts millions of people around the world. In this crowded village lives 14-year-old Machala who doesn’t miss school anymore. Being brought up by a single mother Ramvati, Machala knows the importance of each meal. Despite that her sole motivation for coming to school is the mid-day meal, this girl with a typical Uttar Pradesh Hindi accent, is learning to see dreams of her future. She has a minor learning disability yet she competes bravely and loves her time in school.
Machala’s story is one of the millions that Akshaya Patra witnesses while running its mid-day meal scheme in Uttar Pradesh. As a non-profit organization, every dream in the eyes of the children is precious to us.
Children have wings, they need a sky
India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh is home to over 210 million people. It has often been identified as under poor health index. In this scenario, when feeding the hungry is the chief concern, who has the time to think about children’s dreams? But that’s precisely why this children’s NGO cannot divorce physical needs with social needs since once a person survives hunger, his thirst for accomplishment and fulfillment of his dreams needs quenching.
As a non-profit organization, Akshaya Patra finds it hard to choose between the two and so, a plan was made to feed children in UP so as to nurture their dreams through education. There are many ways that you can help the NGO in achieving its goal.
Sponsor a child for a year by donating Rs 950
In Uttar Pradesh, Akshaya Patra is bringing kids to school, serving them through the mid-day meals and ensuring that the children are able to study in an open yet disciplined environment. The organisation has reached remote locations to ensure a difference is made to the unreached children. When donors choose to sponsor a child, they also wish to keep themselves updated with the progress of the children. Akshaya Patra transparently shares information on its website to make sure that all the donors are aware where the money is spent – this comes along with various hope stories that are on the website. This way, you become an integral part of nurturing the dreams of many children at one time.
Nurturing children’s dreams in UP
Honourable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, during his visit, had praised the efforts of The Akshaya Patra Foundation in Lucknow. Commenting on the Lucknow kitchen, he had also pledged to start more Mid-Day Meal Programmes in other places of Uttar Pradesh. But Akshaya Patra needs more such people who would be willing to use their resources to contain and nurture the dreams of the children in this state. There are still millions of children who are underfed or are deprived of education, sometimes both.
Not only individuals, we need organisations that would be willing to make a difference through campaigns or CSR opportunities. If you or your organisation is keen on seeing the growth and development of underfed children in UP, get involved with Akshaya Patra today.