One in three of the world’s malnourished children and over 30% of the world’s illiterate population lives in India.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation believes that no child should be deprived of education because of hunger.  They recently served their two billionth meal, have won multiple awards and are globally recognised as one of the Top 25 NGOs in the World.

I was introduced to the Foundation through one of our longstanding clients for whom we have recruited for 25 years.

I’d like to tell you about 13 year old Kirti.  With a smile on her face, Kirti mesmerises everyone with her graceful dancing as she whirls around the playground, her friends encouraging her by clapping enthusiastically.  Kirti goes to school in Bangalore and receives a free hot, nutritious lunch every day through the Food For Education Programme run by the world’s largest non-profit school meal provider – The Akshaya Patra Foundation. This bright, energetic girl dreams of becoming a professional dancer, and is so passionate about fulfilling her ambition that she walks 10 miles to reach her after-school dance lessons!

Every day, Akshaya Patra serves a freshly cooked school lunch to 1.5 million children from state of the art kitchens.  This is often the only proper meal the children will receive; their parents cannot afford to provide sufficient food for them. These lunches provide a huge incentive for children to attend school, giving them the energy they need to learn and play.  It also encourages children to stay in education instead of having to go to work to provide enough food to eat.  They have a future.

Aldrich & Co. are proud to partner with The Akshaya Patra Foundation to help ensure that all children have access to nourishing food and the transformative power of education in order to build a brighter future. Akshaya Patra have an ambitious goal to serve 5 million children by 2020.  We look forward to continuing our support to help them achieve their mission.

To find out more about their work or to make a donation, visit www.foodforeducation.org.uk or text MEALS to 70500 to give £5 – your gift will enable Akshaya Patra to serve school lunch to a child like Kirti every day for six months.

 

 

 

 

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