Feeding the future now, we can ensure we live in a healthy nation

For a person to live a healthy life, a proper diet is a must. It is more so in case of children who are in their growing years. A balanced diet can ensure that the immunity of a person is well maintained.

Oct 17, 2017

Some of the NGOs in India play a major role in ensuring that school-going children are able to get a full meal. Malnourished children experience developmental delays, weight-loss and illness as a result of inadequate intake of protein, calories and other nutrients. Anaemia, osteomalacia/rickets are among the diseases that could affect children who do not get a balanced diet.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s mid-day meals supplied to thousands of schools ensures healthy and balanced diet for children. As a part of the Feed The Future Now campaign, the NGO is trying to reach 5 million children by 2020.

Chronic undernutrition is said to plague more than 925 million people worldwide. Prolonged deficiency leads to malnutrition. Human body can easily fall prey to diseases if the body is not well-nourished. When children face malnutrition they tend to fall ill more often than those children who have a well-balanced and nutritious food. Hidden hunger is also considered to be a major reason for malnourished children.

Well, this situation can be banished or relegated to history if you make charity donations. Akshaya Patra also ensures that every rupee you donate reaches the children. They get to eat a healthy mid-day meal from the nutritious value the food contains. The food is cooked in state-of-the-art kitchen which ensures that there is a minimal wastage of the resources.

Perhaps it’s only a matter of time when India will be free of malnourishment among children with the numerous efforts being made. Be a part of the change, feed a child today to ensure that they remain healthy and attend school regularly.

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How Educated Children Can Lead The Country Towards Social Change

Education for children

With approximately 28.1 per cent of India’s population in the age group of 0-14 years, children have a crucial role to play in the field of education and social change in India. Did you know that our country has more than 1.5 million schools with over 260 million students enrolled?

These 260 million students would grow up to shape the society and be responsible for social change in India. Educated children have ambitions of pursuing career in fields that are vital for the growth of the society. It’s because of educated children that we are able to dream about the presence of more responsible citizens in future.

For education to reach every child, it’s important that the children attend schools regularly. Many of these children, belonging to economically weaker sections, need a better motivation to attend schools. Therefore, Feed The Future Now – a nationwide campaign – is on a mission to feed the children with nutritious meals in schools. When schools feed the children in the premises, the children are motivated to attend and study regularly.

A large section of children aged between 0-14 years face stunted growth due to lack of nutrition. The campaign run by The Akshaya Patra Foundation feeds the children in school premises, thus motivating them towards education.

Educated children are better aware of issues such as poverty, illiteracy, health, hygiene, human rights and environment. Through education, they are made aware of the essential elements of survival. They learn about the dignity of social life and are able to imbibe vital lessons about social growth.

Education widens the mental horizons of children for social change. Educated children develop the ability to reason, question and challenge the status quo.

If you agree that educated children can bring a positive social change in India, then join hands with us in fighting hidden hunger. Support us as we observe the Hunger Action Month and strive to feed the children. Donate today.

Volunteer Now to Feed the Future

Feed the future

Feed The Future Now is a nation-wide campaign that is aimed at ensuring that every child in India gets a nutritious mid-day meal once in a day. An initiative by The Akshaya Patra Foundation, it is looking for volunteers to take up opportunities to serve wholesome meals to children in schools. The core belief behind the campaign is that when we feed the children with nutritious meals, we are ensuring that our future generation is healthy enough to lead our country towards positive progress. This can only happen when people from all walks of life come together and donate for children.

The volunteers can participate in activities which are regularly conducted at various Government and semi-Government schools and the kitchens.

Help In Serving Meals

The food prepared in Akshaya Patra kitchen is served to 1.6 million children every day. The volunteers can help the NGO in serving meals to the children for a day. You can also help the staff unload the meals from the food trucks at the schools. This can be an extremely fulfilling experience as you get to witness the beaming faces of children as the meals are served to them. You can also arrange activities for them post lunch. This will make the children a break from their regular classes.

Support us online

Our hectic schedules keep us away from doing participating in various social cause. Though we feel guilty about it, we convince ourselves saying that we would have done it if we had time. But lack of time should not be a barrier. You can sign in as our cyber advocate and talk about our initiatives on your social media accounts. That could include pages and groups on social media where you can promote our initiatives.

Fundraising

Akshaya Patra feeds over 1.6 million children every day across 12 states. Register yourself as an online fundraising volunteer. It can be done online or by conducting activities in your vicinity. The money collected will be used to provide mid-day meals to the school children. 

Help the staff in cooking

If you are someone who loves cooking, you can opt for volunteering opportunities in any of our kitchens. Our kitchens are located in across 32 locations in 12 states in India. You may can help the staff in cutting vegetables and preparing other ingredients for cooking. It can prove to be a learning experience for you since the organisation ensures that the food prepared in hygienic conditions. Their state-of-the-art kitchen are funded by millions of givers who believe in feeding the future by donating for children.

Feed The Future Now, a campaign that aims at ensuring we live in a healthy country, also invites for donations through which can be used to serve nutritious meals to people. There’s nothing more fulfilling than getting an opportunity to feed the children either by donating or volunteering for the cause. You may choose to donate for children or pick up any volunteer opportunity as per your convenience, today.

How ambitious classmates motivate others to think of a bright future for themselves?

Children are hungry for knowledge and we need to feed them with the right kind of information. This is why the schools have a set curriculum. Through this they ensure that the students are exposed to the kind of information they can comprehend. But how do children get the motivation to have aspirations or dreams for future?

Here’s where the term ‘peer pressure’ comes to play. Children have a tendency to imitate what others are doing around them. So when they see their classmates doing well in studies, they feel motivated to pursue the same. However, this healthy and competitive environment can be marred by the existence of one factor – hidden hunger. This makes it important to stop hidden hunger now.

hidden hunger

When we don’t feed the children with nutritious food, we leave them hungry partially. This is why we need to stop hidden hunger now as it directly relates to the growth of the children.  When we feed the children with wholesome meals, they don’t’ feel hungry and are motivated to compete. But with hidden hunger, children don’t feel healthy and strong and can’t focus on their studies.

A nation-wide campaign Feed The Future Now is an endeavour to stop hunger now by feeding the hungry children. The campaign targets hidden hunger by taking nutritious meals to schools. When children get these wholesome meals, they feel motivated to dream big, which is otherwise not possible if the child suffers from hidden hunger. They compare their ambitions with those of their peers and develop competence.

Several times, two close friends start off chasing a common dream as they inspire each other. The top ranking students in class create a sense of standard within a classroom. Nothing motivates children than seeing their friends succeed. This makes it important to feed the hungry children.

As the campaign observes Hunger Action month, let’s pledge to encourage our children to have goals. Let’s help in creating an environment of healthy competition where ambitious children study together and motivate each other.

You can be part of this campaign by contributing your services or your money. Donate today to feed the hungry children.

What is Right to Education?

Right to education

The year 2009 marked a major turning point in the history of education in India when the Right To Education Act, popularly known as the RTE, was enacted. This Act mandated free and compulsory education for children between six and 14 in India. This means that education is the fundamental right of every child in India.

Education is vital for the future of the society since children are the future. The Act is significant in that it make education accessible in various ways. For instance, the Act provides that “no child shall be held back, expelled or required to pass a board examination until the completion of elementary education.”

India also suffers from the challenge of school drop-outs – a problem which is also addressed by the Right To Education Act. School drop-outs are given special training in order to bring them up to par with the students of the same age.

A nation-wide campaign Feed The Future Now an initiative of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, addresses the problem of school drop-outs by serving wholesome meals in schools. This encourages several children to come back to school and regularly study. The campaign is taking the future of India – the children – closer to the right to education.

In the year 2011, the right to education was extended till Class X (16 years) into the preschool age range. This means now most of growing-up years of the children in India can be invested in education. The Feed the Future Now campaign, thus calls people to donate more for child education.

Children are the future and right to education is a step towards this future. Donating for child education is an investment in our own future. If you choose to donate for child education today, you are contributing towards right to education for children. Join Feed The Future Now campaign. Donate today.

Be a Part of our Fight Against Hidden Hunger

While preparing a meal for a child, the choice of ingredients is based on what can make it nutritious and presentable at the same time. This will have an impact on the child’s health in future. A healthy meal is an integral part of the growth years of children. When combined with physical activity, a healthy meal helps them develop their mind and body. In addition, a balanced diet also improves their immunity and reduces the ill effects of hidden hunger.

Future Generation

Feed The Future Now is a campaign, launched by The Akshaya Patra Foundation and aims at fighting hidden hunger among children in India and promoting healthy meals. The campaign calls everyone to feed a child by donating or contributing towards the cause. As part of reducing hidden hunger, the organisation is observing September as Hunger Action month. Akshaya Patra always aims to inspire individuals and organisations to implement the serving of healthy meals to children.

Unhealthy eating habits often cause obesity while poor diet is directly linked with illness. That’s the reason the kitchens run by The Akshaya Patra Foundation always serve millions of children with nutritious food, paying special attention to pulses.

The Foundation’s kitchens across India serve pulses such as green gram whole, Urad and Toor dal, fortified soya dal, sprouts, soy products, Bengal gram whole, channa dal etc. They contain high component of fibre, low fat, the glycemic index of these is also low. The high protein and nutrient value adds on to its benefits.

With this, the children don’t fall a victim to hidden hunger. When we feed the children around us well today, we are indirectly feeding the future now because these children are the future of our country.

We urge you to take action and become part of the Hunger Action month. Contribute to Feed The Future Now. Let us fight hidden hunger together by feeding a child.

Importance of Education for Children as They are the Future

Education is a crucial part of a child’s growth and eventually the growth of the society because children are the future of the society. In India, 80 percent of all recognised schools at the elementary stage are government run or supported, thus, making it the largest provider of primary education in the country.  That means primary schools run by the government have a major say in the education of children in India.

Every child has the right to education and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 mandates education for children for 6 to 14 years of age or up to Std VIII. But the question is how to motivate children to come to school? This is crucial because a majority of children in the rural and sub-urban areas come to Government-run primary schools.

Feed the children

For this, a nationwide campaign Feed The Future Now has been launched which ensures that children attend school regularly. The campaign facilitates serving of wholesome lunch to school children. Donating for this cause today would mean that you are donating for a child education as this campaign is aimed at bringing children back to school.

The idea behind the campaign is to eradicate a major reason for drop-outs – classroom hunger. Children coming to Government-run primary schools are often deprived of a full-stomach meal. These children find it difficult to study with empty stomachs and hence often drop out and take up a job to earn their meal. Another reason is that they have to take care of their younger siblings back home as their parents go out to for work. That’s when The Akshaya Patra Foundation, an NGO, began serving wholesome lunch to school children in the year 2000 and launched a nation-wide campaign in 2017 to involve more people in the cause.

You can feed the children today because they are the future. Through this cause, you are actually donating for a child’s education. Donate today.

Nutritious food is a step towards child empowerment in India

How can child empowerment happen in India? Where exactly should it begin? Our children have the right to food which is important to keep them healthy and here’s where their empowerment should start from. Despite that India’s food production has increased almost two times in the last two decades, we are unable to provide food to a large section of people.

Our industrial and food production advances unfortunately have not helped us feed all the children. Hidden hunger is a reality in India for many. Some statistics from the UNICEF are alarming. FAO in ‘The State of Food Insecurity in the World, 2015” reports that 194.6 million people are undernourished in India. Also 44% of children below the age of five are underweight. Malnourished children have a higher risk of death from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria.

Other undernourished children, who survive, grow up in an environment of depravity and lack of education. They are more prone to adopt anti-social ways of living their life since they are desperate to provide for themselves and their family. Thus, child empowerment in India cannot happen without entitling the right to food to the children. They need nutritious meals every single day so they are able to grow up in a healthier and a more progressive environment.

feed the children

Feed The Future Now  is a national campaign, started by The Akshaya Patra Foundation, that is aimed at feeding the children and providing them with means to empower themselves. The campaign directs its focus towards child empowerment in India by serving mid-day meals to school children. That way, the children get their right to food and are motivated to attend schools every day.

This indeed is the need of the hour for various reasons. First, India ranks at 97 out of 118 countries on the Global Hunger Index on the basis of three indicators – prevalence of wasting and stunting in children under five years, under five child mortality rate, and the proportion of undernourished in the population. By this measure India is home to a quarter of the undernourished population in the world.

This needs to stop and it begins from feeding the children. When organisations come together to help a cause such as Feed The Future Now, the government is able to get the required resources to ensure every child is well fed. Children who are nourished and educated are able to channelise their energy towards creative pursuits. Feeding the children is really akin to feeding the future because educated children make for responsible adults. Right to food is fundamental to their development as well as the progress of the society.

Join us to feed the children today.

Empowered children of India make a developed country

The Maslow’s theory – hierarchy of needs – lists physiological needs as the most basic to a person’s development and motivation. These physiological needs include the right to food, water and sleep. Unless these needs are met, other needs such as safety, belongingness, esteem and self-actualisation cannot be fulfilled. Only when these essentials are brought together, we can raise an empowered child in India.

Many children are deprived of food and education for various reasons. According to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics 2016 report, every year 47 million Indian children drop out of schools by the time they reach Std X. There has been a direct correlation between school dropout rate and classroom hunger.

This has a direct impact on the growth of our nation since school dropouts render the educational system inefficient and redundant. Feed The Future Now is an initiative that aims to aid children by creating a sustainable platform. Unless children have the right to food and education, a developed nation cannot be built.

Child Empowerment

Empowered children have a purpose

Every child has the right to food and children’s empowerment in India is impossible without it. Children who are empowered with health and education are motivated and often take up initiatives. They have dreams and aspirations.

Empowered children are productive

We need to feed the children with nutrition if we want to see a cognitive development among them. This is crucial to develop their creative faculties. Empowered children are driven and creative. When they grow up, they have productive ideas of transforming the society and the world at large.

Empowered children are leaders of tomorrow

Empowered children are most likely to contribute to the society as they are skilled to lead or set examples. By feeding the children, empowering them with right to food and education, we are inspiring them to become leaders of tomorrow.

You can contribute positively towards the child empowerment in India by simply being part of Feed The Future Now. Donate today