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Akshaya Patra

Farmer Story

Thirteen years on, the Akshaya Patra Foundation continues to give lakhs of children a reason to come to school. Serving hot, fresh and nutritious lunch to 4.60 lakh schoolchildren every day in over 2,600 government schools has drastically improved enrollment and attendance of children in villages.

The Born Free School in Bhanjarapalya Area is one such school where children excel in learning, thanks to Akshaya Patra’s efforts to complement their learning in the form of delicious mid day meals. The Akshaya Patra kitchens are equipped with rice and sambar cauldrons. Each rice cauldron has a capacity of at least 500 liters and each sambar cauldron has a capacity to cook 1,200-3000 liters of sambar. From its first ever meal served in a government school in Bangalore H K Hill in June 2000, the Foundation served its billionth meal in August 2012.

The recognition of being the 23rd NGO among the Top 100 World NGOs in The Global Journal 2013 edition is a testimony to the combined efforts of all the stakeholders. Continue reading


Kalmkari-1India has a long history of expertise in textile and fabric dyeing, some of which were found in the Mohenjo Daro and Egyptian tombs. One such art is Kalamkari. The Mughals patronized this craft in the 17th century. It was presented in the recent Lakme Fashion Week. Kalamkari tradition is believed to have started in the 4th century and has continued to be practised mainly in Machilipatnam and Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh. Continue reading

The drought that was

“People are desperate and if this ensures food and money to them, so be it. There is no other way of getting it to them, even if there is corruption,” said a prominent minister of the BJP government. Little does it help drought-hit farmers when they are assured of food with corruption. Thus begins the story of Karnataka’s drought.

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