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Innovation IIIAkshay PatraINTRODUCTIONHISTORY& GROWTHInspiration from his Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.Akshay Patra Foundation began first mid day meal in Bangalore 2000 as non state run firm.Support of Ministry of HRD in 2003.Feed more than 1.2 million everyday at present MISSIONOur mission is to reach out to 5 million children by 2020
RECOGNITIONIndian Express Innovation Award 2005Leapvault Change awardICAI-Gold Shield Award
Objectives No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.
Objectives of the mid-day meal scheme-avoid classroom hunger,- increase school enrolment,- increase school attendance- improve socialization among castes- address malnutrition &- empower women through employmentAkshay Patra CompositionVOLUNTEERSPARENTSCHILDRENTEACHERSMISSIONARIESLOCAL COMMUNITIESEMPLOYEESGOVERNMENTAKSHAY PATRA FAMILYVICIOUS CYCLE OF HUNGERHunger among children triggers a vicious circle of socio-economic evils. AKSHAY PATRA Mid Day Meal provides a solution to breaking this vicious cycle.Need of a Mid-day Meal ProgramNearly 13.5 million children in India are out of school.* Their circumstances force them into menial labor in order to earn a single meal a day.Research shows that universal education has lagged because of prevalent hunger and malnutrition. They reduce enrolment in schools, hamper performance levels and increase dropout rates, especially among girls. Hunger impairs a childs performance even if they do attend school. The food provided therefore acts as an incentive to bring children back to school. It prevents them from working while also discouraging their education.
Strengths of the Program
Legacy of the founder and a strong visionIntegrated network of volunteers- government, corporates, businessmen and philanthrophists.The Government of India, along with various State Governments, provides subsidies in the form of cash and grain grants.Highest quality food prepared in shortest possible time in the Centralized kitchens- 40,000/-rotis in 1 hoursIt provides children with a meal rich in nutrients that improves their health and increases their overall well being. Centralized & Decentralized operations to reach the remotest of place.Independent food distribution system.Strong presence on Social Media-on facebook, and twitter.Attract International Philanthropy arms to make a donation.Donation collection system from all type of transactionsMarketing through organizing summits, attracting the attention of bloggers.
Concept of Centralized KitchenA centralized model is one where all the cooking activities of a particular location are concentrated within one large kitchen.Each centralized kitchen has the capacity to cook between 50 000 to 150 000 meals daily Achieving economies of scale. Cooking takes place in mechanized, steam heated cauldrons custom built to reduce the cook to consume time.Highest standards of hygiene by minimizing human handling of food. Freshly cooked food is packed in stainless steel containers and transported to various schools in custom built vehicles (about 10 to 15 schools per vehicle). Security personnel escort each vehicle to ensure safe delivery of meals.
Technology Run KitchensAkshay Patra has automated kitchens in Bangalore, Hubli, Vellary, Vrindavan. Jaipur,Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Nathdwara, Mysore, Puri, Hyderabad, Vadodara and GuwahatiTechnology enabled cooking methodsHigh standards og Hygienne maintained
Decentralized KitchenA decentralized model is one where all the cooking activities of a school take place in an area close to the school itself.Decentralized kitchens are set up in remote areas of the country where difficult terrain makes setting up of large infrastructures infeasible. In such areas, Akshaya Patra representatives identify self-help groups (in many cases womens groups), carry out the cooking process. They are trained and educated to prepare the meals and provided with all the raw materials and infrastructure required for cooking. The Akshaya Patra representatives are responsible for the operations and smooth running of the program
A National Steering-cum-Monitoring Committee is set up at the national level to monitor the program, assess impact and provide policy advice to Central and State Governments. Central assistance in the form of subsidies is released upon submission of the committees Annual Work Plan by the Program Approval Board.A nodal department is authorized to take responsibility. Implementation cells are organized by the nodal department and one officer is appointed at each district and block level to oversee effective implementation of the program.Program ReachAkshaya Patra reaches out to 1,281,664 children in 18 locations across 8 states of India, providing them with freshly cooked meal on all school days. Currently, we implement the mid-day meal program in 8,208 schools of the country
IMPACTPOVERTY HUNGER ERADICATIONCHILD WELFAREEDUCATIONWOMAN EMPOWERMENTAKSHAY PATRAMID DAY MEALSOCIALIMPACTEDUCATIONProvision of mid day meal at school improves the attendance at schools. Increase of 11.67%It also increases school enrollments as mid day meal becomes an incentive for BPL families. 23.3% increase in class 1 within 1 year of implementation.Better nutrition is provided through these meals which improves child health and attentiveness at school.
POVERTY & HUNGER ERADICATIONHelps in reducing Classroom HungerAs truancy rates are lower, students are able to pursue their education and increase their employability. They can thus come out of their poverty.
IMPACTWOMAN EMPOWERMENTUnder both centralized and decentralized models of Akshay Patra, women are trained and employed to cook. They are empowered by providing them with source of income.Creates gender equity as enrollment of girl child in schools sees an upward trend.CHILD WELFAREBetter nutrition for BPL childrenMS Ramiah Medical College studySkin infections in children dropped from 80% to almost nilAnemia reduced from 40% to 5%Better resistance to diseaseSignificant improvement in height and weight.Lesser induction of children in child labour activities in order to earn for food.SOCIALIncrease Community Participation and Volunteering.Through Engagement initiatives, people voluntarily become a part of the program.Impact
The no. of enrollments in the schools have gone up drastically because of this program. Nearly 120 million (12 crore) children are so far covered under the scheme.This school lunch program the largest in the worldWith organizations as Akshaya Patra to act as its implementing arm the Government has successfully involved the entire society in helping the children of our country. These foundations promote community participation through fundraising and volunteering. Attendance has increased, classroom hunger has reduced, malnutrition decreased and socialization among children of all castes improved.On a global scale, the Indian Government has worked hard to meet the Millennium Development Goals.
TestimonialBefore Akshaya Patra implemented the mid-day meal program in Sechan Primary School of Puri, the enrolment was very poor and stood at 140 students in 2006. Today it has more than doubled and stands at around 300 students. More importantly, the attendance has improved; it is 90% on most days
Akshay Patra Sandbox ModelGlobal ScaleAkshay Patras vision is in sync with global standards. It is a non-profit organization working towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals of the UN. Eradicating Poverty & Hunger as part of MDG, through consistent growth in meals served.
Akshay Patra Sandbox ModelSocial Equity FocusMove towards eradication of hunger and thus improvement in child nutritionIncreasing attendance and enrollment at school through the attraction of mid day meal.Empowering women by employing them in the kitchensProviding employment to all the strata of society.
Akshay Patra Sandbox ModelTransparency in TransactionA National Leveln Steering cum Monitoring committee oversees management and monitoring of the programme.Price Performance Akshay Patra provides hygienic and nutritional food at very low cost.Individual Rights-Rule of LawAkshay Patra conforms to all laws and quality standards.Environmental SustainabilityKitchen mechanization is such that food wastage is minimized.Eco-friendly plant at HubliIron magnets used to clear iron dust particlesGreen Measures- Affluent Treatment PlantRain Water HarvestingBioGas PlantWormicompostingThermite Briquette Boiler to reduce air pollution
FinancialsOn an average, for every rupee you donate, 89 paisa is spent towards feeding a child, and the rest goes towards administrative and fundraising costs.Over the past 5 years up to 56 % of our revenues have been generated through well wishers who sponsor children on a regular basis.
Presence on Social Media to Make a Donation Integrating the Donors Worldwide to come together and Donate for a noble cause and fight HungerSpreading the Message
Akshaya Patra and Indiblogger hosted a meet in Bangalore, where bloggers from across the nation came together for a common purpose: to explore the power of online media for the greater good of society.The event was the culmination of a month long competition held by Akshaya Patra on the Indiblogger platform, Bloggers were expected to write about the mid-day meal program and the impact it has had on children.
Search Marketing Summit 2011- Inviting Speakers across the world on a common platformRecommendations
Strengthening the environmental Sustainability of the Program by incorporating Solar Energy enabled processes like:-
Installation of Large Solar Panels for cooking the food in centralised operationsUse of Small solar cookers in decentralized operationsSaving electricity and fuel used in cooking operations.Incentives gained by reducing Carbon footprints
Team ScamperSomya BhargavaShaurya Bhushan TyagiSonali AbrolSukesha Sajwan