THE AKSHAYA PATRA FOUNDATION
WHO WE ARE
We help educate and feed around 2 million children from marginalised and underprivileged communities in India. By serving hot nutritious vegetarian meals every day across over 22,000 government schools, we ensure that the children stay at school through the day and get a nourishing meal as well. The Akshaya Patra Foundation based in India, with chapters in Switzerland, the UK & USA helps raise awareness regarding child hunger and provides support to the most needy children in India.
Every child has the right to health, education, and safety. Yet, there are millions of children worldwide, who are denied a fair chance to make the best of their lives. Hunger is one main factor pushing children to work for additional family income at an age when they should be at school - playing, learning, and exploring their potential. Since 2001, The Akshaya Patra Foundation in India has been ensuring these children don’t skip school by providing them with nourishing meals each day, supporting their growth and development.
how and where we work
Did you know…
One in three of the world’s malnourished children lives in India
Malnourishment kills 3,000 children every day.
At TAPF, we work to eradicate malnourishment and facilitate childhood education by feeding 1.8 million school children across 12 states and 2 Union Territories in India every day through our Food For Education Programme. Our aim is to positively impact children in poverty by delivering hot, healthy, and nutritious school lunches that are hygienically prepared in our state-of-the-art kitchens. We deliver to over 19,039 government schools - free of charge.
The intention is to make sure that the children attend school instead of having to work for food and to ensure that they can concentrate in class and improve their academic performance, allowing them to grow and develop in a healthy way. The Akshaya Patra Foundation - the world’s largest non-profit school meal provider - has been globally recognized as one of the Top 25 NGOs worldwide.
According to statistics, as a result of our Food For Education Programme:
78% of parents surveyed perceived that their child’s health had improved.
School attendance levels and school enrolments have increased – in particular the enrolment of girls, who are often the first in a low-income family to be withdrawn from school.
There are noticeable improvements in the cognitive development of the children with 85% of their teachers reporting that the proportion of students achieving higher grades has increased.
Clearly, by enabling children to receive an education and nourishment, we are breaking the cycle of poverty, not just for our direct beneficiaries but also for their families since, when gainfully employed, an educated young person brings two to three family members out of the poverty cycle.
We aim to impact at least 5 million children by 2025 – helping them to gain the lifelong gift of education and good health - and build their foundations for a brighter future.
Dr. MANEESH WADHWA
Our association with Akshaya Patra in Switzerland is a source of immense pride. We feel privileged to contribute to the growth and reinforcement of the Akshaya Patra Swiss chapter.
MRS. SUSHMA PANDEY
Kudos to the great initiative taken by The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF), Switzerland to empower the disadvantaged adolescent girls in India by providing them with sanitation supplies and educating them about personal hygiene.
United Nations Woman’s Guild -Geneva, a charity organization assisting underprivileged children globally is greatly pleased to join hands with TAPF Switzerland to support this trailblazing project.