Monday, December 20, 2010

Gift an Akshaya Patra - Food for life

In the Mahabharata, Yudhistira Maharaja had once inquired, “What gift will reward in this world and in the next?”
Bhisma Pitamaha answered, “There has never been, nor will there ever be, any gift equal to the gift of food…”

Remember that loud gong of bell when we all would eagerly reach out our hands for that tiffin box. Recess was something that we all looked forward to. After all, who can imagine school without a lunch break and who can learn on an empty stomach anyways!

But do you know that millions of poverty stuck children are actually living that reality each day. No food forces these hungry souls to quit schools for odd jobs so that they can fill their little bellies. This is a very sad scenario indeed but it’s true…

To tackle this intertwined problem of hunger, malnutrition and illiteracy, ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) set up Akshaya Patra, a non profit charity for children, in 2001 which has since been working with a single aim that No child in India should miss out on education because they are too hungry to attend.


True to its name, an inexhaustible bowl of food, Akshaya Patra serves unlimited hot and fresh mid day meals to millions of under-privileged school children each and every day so that they can continue their education thereby helping India achieve its goals of eradication of hunger and encouragement of primary education.

You may be wondering what’s all this and why am I telling you all this? Well, Indiblogger, an Indian blogging community, in association with Akshaya Patra has started this campaign, “Blog and feed 50 children!” to champion the cause. I, being a member of ISKCON myself and knowing that they can be trusted that your money will be used for the right purposes, decided to join in as well.


We all blog for joy, isn’t it? And what can be a greater joy than the joy of giving? With Christmas just round the corner, it’s the perfect time to bring a little magic into the lives of those around us. So here’s your chance to gift hope, strength and joy to children… write a blog post or make a donation online… let’s join hands to raise awareness… let’s endeavor to be a Santa for somebody this year… Let’s gift an Akshaya Patra…

For more details, visit their website http://www.akshayapatra.org/ or email them at infodesk@akshayapatra.org

17 comments:

  1. very well written
    like the pics

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  2. Great post Arti, Planning to write one.

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  3. awesome line Arti'' let’s endeavor to be a Santa for somebody this year… Let’s gift an Akshaya Patra…''
    beautifully written and presented.great!!!!

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  4. What a nice idea Arti! You're so right - christmas is about giving and celebrating new hope and new light. May the next year be a better one - for the children and for everybody.

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  5. so many wonderful causes out there, many thanks for sharing these details.

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  6. It is a good thing that you are raising awareness of this, children should not have to wonder where their next meal is coming from.

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  7. lovely post,...sorry arti couldnt keep in touch as i wasnt feeling well from past few days...Thanks for asking,felt really nice

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  8. "We all blog for happiness"- How true it is..
    What an apt occassion to donate and gift ..and make others happy.
    Nice blog Arti ,You've got some interesting posts. I am following your blog

    http://sridharan-s.blogspot.com/

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  9. Very beautifully written! The contest has made us united. I like the Mahabharata quote and the Way you suggested to become a Santa. Really Loved this! Photos are very nice too.

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  10. FANTASTIC Arti! your good will and positive energy is contagious! will do both.... donate and post.

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  11. Thanks everybody for supporting this very noble cause.
    @ Chitra, Green Monkey - thanks for your wonderful gesture!!

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  12. Thanks for sharing these scenes with us.

    Merry Christmas!

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  13. Akshaya Patra Doing good .....
    http://www.venkij.blogspot.com

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  14. Greetings from The Akshaya Patra foundation!

    We would like to thank you for your wonderful post on The Akshaya Patra Foundation.
    We at Akshaya Patra are glad to have an enthusiast like you.
    We would like to share with you that Chase Community Giving is running a campaign on Facebook of which Akshaya Patra is also a part. Chase Community will donate $25,000 to the top 100 charities who receive the most number of votes and will move on to the next level http://bit.ly/iyFELz.

    The good news is we have already qualified for the second level with 941 votes from supporters across the globe. Charity receiving the most votes (rank 1) will get $500,000. Votes for the next round will start from 19th may. So we request you to help us by spreading the word across through your blog and help us get $500,000 from Chase Community Giving to feed more and more children.

    I am sure a blog post from you will make a huge difference.

    Best regards,
    Sarmistha Sengupta
    The Akshaya Patra Foundation
    Bangalore
    www.akshayapatra.org

    “Feeding a hungry child is not charity, it is our social responsibility”

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