Can you see the snowfall on my blog? Well, It is Christmas time! Since my childhood I have been waiting for Santa. I always had a list of things I had wanted – Barbie dolls, cooking sets, pretty frocks, best friends, toys, huge teddy bears. My list changed as I grew – Harry Potter Box set and merchandise, long tours, peep toes & stilettos, Capris & Jeggings and what nots! I got a few fulfilled, while most of them went unfulfilled either because we didn’t have that kind of money or my desires just changed. However, Santa never came.
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But today, this post is about that one
desire necessity that millions of children are deprived of – Food! At the age I was craving for barbie dolls, they are waiting with an empty stomach for a morsel of food. For this one morsel of food, they do all kind of jobs which deprive them of education. While all of us aspire to be doctors and engineers, they dream of earning enough for a day’s fill. Sometimes, they are the sole breadwinners for their family. And so, a morsel of food is all they dream of. As someone said, “God keeps giving to those who already have. The poor remains poor.”
Have you heard of Akshaya Patra? In Mahabharata, this was the vessel given to Yudhishtira by Lord Surya. The vessel gave unlimited supply of food to them until draupadi ate from it. Whence, food supply would stop for the day. Akshaya Patra foundation was formed in the year 2000 with the same concept in mind. What started with feeding 1500 children in 2000, it reaches out to 1,402,393 children in 23 locations across 10 states of India, providing them with freshly cooked meal on all school days. Currently, they implement the mid-day meal programme in 10,661 schools of the country, with plans to increase that number to hundreds more.
Do you know or have you wondered about the possible jobs a poverty ridden child does on an average? This is Akshaya Patra’s “The Possibilities”. It is not the story of one child. But millions of children across the country. There are many more stories which haven’t been depicted here. Stories that are grotesque.
Many of us want to o something for a social cause. We just don’t know where to start. We can start here. By eliminating the hunger of one child, by bringing a smile on a child’s face. Here are some things we can do:
- If you have gone through Akshayapatra’s site, you would have seen that it takes only Rs. 750 to feed a child for an entire year. Yes! I was shocked at first. If you believe that one good deed leads to another, feed a child every year. After 15 years, your good deed would have grown up and I’m sure he/she would pass on the good deed to another. 🙂 Want to begin a good deed? Begin Here.
- We can organise events to support the noble cause of ending child hunger. Is riding your passion? Many such passionate bike riders organised and participated in a motorcycle rally in Bangalore to spread awareness on ending child hunger and providing education to children. Here are the details. Similarly there were bloggers’ and photographers’ meet, exhibitions etc. Why not have one in our city?
- We can also make payments through cheque/DD. If you’re a resident in Bangalore, Kolkata or Hyderabad, they will come to your residence and pick up the donation. 🙂
- Donating now can be done through your mobile. It is easy. Click HERE to know the details.
- If you have any suggestions as to how to eliminate classroom hunger, write to Akshayapatra at firstname.lastname@example.org
Psst! Did I tell you? 100 % Tax Exemption on donations over Rs. 500 under IT Sec 35AC and 80G. There! You can also claim some tax exemption through these donations.
I don’t have to stress on what hunger is. Almost all of us must have felt it at least once in our lifetime. Imagine a child staying hungry for days together. Imagine millions of children like that? I have around 800 facebook friends. If at least 10 of them donate Rs. 750 each, 10 children will be fed this year. Do it every year. You don’t lose anything. But you give a life!
Share this message and stress this fact in your message. If each of you have 1000 friends and at least 10 of each of your friends donate, how many hundreds of children are we feeding in total?
I believed in Santa. I still believe in Santa. Not that he came down the chimney and filled the stockings. But because, this year I am the Santa Claus for a child.
Merry Christmas Folks! Do let me know if you feed a child after reading this. 🙂
PS – This is my 100th post and I am glad that the post was a worthy one. 🙂 🙂 🙂