| School kids enjoy a meal provided by the NGO |
Dec. 27: Akshaya Patra Foundation, an NGO based in north Guwahati, has started serving midday meals to 64 more schools in Kamrup district, benefiting nearly 50,000 children.
The new area covered is Komalpur under Rangiya block. With this, the NGO now serves food to 574 schools in Kamrup district alone.
“It is our immense pleasure to have the opportunity to help more students in getting proper midday meals,” said a member of the foundation.
The foundation has held a programme in Borka Lower Primary School and Borka Girls Middle English School. Residents, students and parents attended the programme.
Kamrup deputy commissioner S.K. Roy and Rangiya subdivisional officer Barnali Deka, were some of the dignitaries who were present.
The members of the foundation expressed their gratitude to the administration for helping them to bring more schools under its ambit.
The corporate affairs manager of the foundation, Vijay Pandit Dasa, said the foundation was a non-profit-making organisation. “Only 50 per cent of our total expenditure is jointly borne by the Centre and the state government. For the rest, we depend on donations from individuals and organisations,” Dasa said.
He added that the foundation spends Rs 7 on each student’s meal.
Located at Numalijula village in Amingaon, the foundation has around 170 employees and seven devotees to run the programme. Besides Assam, it has been providing meals to 13 lakh children in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. It started functioning in Assam from 2009 from Amingaon after it was formally inaugurated by health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
At present, the activity of the foundation is confined to mainly Jalukbari constituency.
The members of the foundation are planning to cover 50,000 more students, including children, in Kamrup (metro) very soon.
Dasa said the members were planning to set up a big boiler in their kitchen to cook more food.
“As soon as we cover all the children in both the Kamrup districts, we will turn our attention to other districts. We are eager to extend our service to more areas in the state,” Dasa said.
Dasa appealed to people and organisations to be a part of their mission to serve the children good midday meals. He said any individual or organisation willing to participate may contact them at their Amingaon-based office.