| Members of Akshayapatra Foundation distribute plates to schoolchildren. File picture |
Nov 16: The Akshayapatra Foundation has launched an initiative to distribute stainless steel food plates to 47,000 school students in the Kamrup (metro) district. Currently, the foundation provides midday meals to students of 512 government schools in the district.
The foundation kicked off the drive this Wednesday and distributed plates among 100 schoolchildren to mark Children’s Day. The rest of the plates will be distributed in the near future.
“We have decided to distribute the plates among children because we have repeatedly observed that many of them cannot afford proper plates and instead eat on pieces of paper. We will distribute the plates among 47,000 schoolchildren. Students from good as well as weak economic sections attend the schools together. While some can afford good meals in good utensils there are others who cannot even afford two square meals a day. Through this initiative we have tried to bring about a sense of equality among all children,” said Vijay Pandit Dasa, a member of the Akshayapatra Foundation.
Members of the Hare Krishna Movement, which runs the foundation, today organised a Govardhan puja on the premises of the Akshayapatra Foundation at Amingaon in North Guwahati today. Around 30 devotees offered prayers and took oaths to develop their spirituality by leading pious lives.
During the puja, devotees worshipped a symbolic Govardhan parvat, made of vegetarian cake, fruits and sweets that was offered to the deities.
“This particular puja was observed to commemorate the event of Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhan hill on his little finger to protect the residents of Vrindavan from torrential rain sent by Indra. Devotees worship the symbolic hill made from edibles, which are then distributed among people as prasadam,” said Dasa.