The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a mid-day meal NGO in Assam and nine other states of India. It provides free school lunch to Government school children. Currently it feeds 1.4 million children every day. Each of these Akshaya Patra children has their unique stories. Time and again the NGO brings across many heart-warming stories of its beneficiaries. The below is a anecdote of a child who is the beneficiary of this NGO in Assam.
Krishna Das, a student of Standard X, walks at least 20 kilometres to reach her school and back home. She studies in Sualkuchi Kali Ram Karikar Girls High School a Government run school. Krishna is from a village that is on a small hillock near the banks of Brahmaputra River. The road to her village is not suitable for transport facilities and also until a year ago there was no proper water supply and the residents had to depend on natural water sources. Even now only a part of the village has received electricity supply. She tells that all the blocks do not have school facility and her village is one among them, hence she travels such a distance every day. Krishna’s father is a weaver and a fisherman and her mother helps in weaving too. Krishna frankly puts across that even though weaving is a beautiful art she would not prefer to take it up as a living and instead look for opportunities that will come with a promising regular income. Her parents are encouraging too.
Krishna is an Akshaya Patra mid-day meal beneficiary. This mid-day meal helps many children like Krishna to receive at least one wholesome meal for the day and to sustain till evening. Though Krishna calls it wishful but she hopes that soon her village too should have access to basic amenities like education, hospital, electricity and road connectivity.
There are many such warm and inspiring Akshaya Patra children stories from various part of the country. Know more about this NGO in Assam by clicking at Akshaya Patra Assam.