For developing an individual, no matter what, starting young is the best way to do it. The Akshaya Patra Foundation believes in supporting the child’s development from a very young age.
In the process of developing as a well-rounded individual, it will do a world of good, if a child is taught the need and the importance of social service. Of course, it will ensure the person develops humility, but will also ensure that the child grows up to be a selfless individual. The child realises at a very early age the importance of feeding the future now. This can ensure that the country will not have to see future generations that suffered malnutrition when they were young. This is a message that has to be imbibed by the present generation.
India has been ranked very low in the Global Hunger Index and it is something that needs our immediate attention. The current generations should give lessons in social service to their children so that the future generations grow up to the responsible individuals.
This will ensure that the country will have mentally and physically healthy individuals. At the same time, it would have dealt with the issues arising from hidden hunger which is more common in developing countries. Children may be able to get a stomach full of food. But, the quality of food a child gets is what’s important. That’s where Akshaya Patra ensures a balanced mid-day meal for over 1.6 million school children everyday across the country. Anyone who have imbibed the quality of selflessness will definitely want to extend any help to any individual or an NGO that helps those in need.
One can feed a child today to ensure healthier future generations. But, the desire to help must be developed at a very young age for which parents can play a role.