Ask yourself, “What can I get with Rs. 1,100?” The probable answers would be movie tickets, dinner at your favourite restaurant, the dress you have been eyeing at, a bag of much-needed grocery for the week, a self-drive car for half a day, few hours at a gaming zone, and the list goes on depending on our interest and what we want to do with Rs. 1,100 in our pockets. However, the common thread that runs through all the choices indicates that we could not think utilising this amount for more than a day or for more than one reason.
Now, if I say, “Rs. 1,100 can be used for one whole year”, would you agree? This conversation will throw some light on the question:
Arjun: I just got 1000 bucks before I get my salary. I don’t know how I will survive for the next 10 days.
Shikha: Really! But, I guess it is enough to feed a child for one whole year!
Arjun: Huh! You must be crazy!
Shikha: Recently, a friend of mine introduced me to the service of The Akshaya Patra Foundation. It is an NGO providing nutrition-rich school meals to 1.7 million children across 12 states of India. They are so efficient that with just Rs. 1,100 they are able to provide an entire year’s school meal for one child!
Arjun: Wow! Really? That’s indeed amazing.
Shikha: Well, I hope, now you know what’s the value of your 1000 bucks!
Yes, at Akshaya Patra, each penny is valued and Rs. 1,100 has the power to ensure daily schools meals of a child for an entire year. Often, referred to as ‘meal of hope’, this meal gives children the required nutrition to support their health and it gives the parents a reason to send children to attend school.
With health and education being taken care of, children get a chance to focus on their studies and aspirations thereby making them confident, determined, and hopeful of a better future.
Akshaya Patra aims to provide this ‘meal of hope’ to 5 million children by 2020. Join the efforts of the Foundation. Choose to donate for charity because it takes just Rs. 1,100 to empower a child with health and education!