The Charitable Side of Switzerland
Despite all the sophistications of our modern age, hunger and starvation still prevail. Developed nations like Switzerland are not insensitive to the cry of nations inflicted by this social blight. The benevolence of Switzerland by means of regular donations to the Word Food Programme makes a difference in alleviating the precarious situations of the less fortunate. NGOs are now also rallying to the cause to improve their local landscapes.
Malnutrition and Mid-Day Meals
Malnutrition is a social problem. The various advancements in technology over the last few decades haven’t resolved the lack of efficient ways to produce and distribute food to human populations. The sustainability of our planet is delicately linked to the well-being of future generations. Empowering them with the knowledge and skills needed in a 21st century digital age is essential. But how do children learn if hunger is preying upon their bellies?
Around 90% of adolescents are from under-developed and developing regions which are commonly known for being low income ones. Undernourishment is a reality for teenagers growing in these societies. With nearly 120 M youths entering the workforce every year, a balanced diet is imperative for sustaining their proper physical and intellectual development. The current teenage population is the largest our history has ever witnessed. Targeted actions are imperative.
Combatting hunger in India through interdisciplinary innovation
SLX Learning, in its quest of delivering to you the best practices in promoting a sustainable future, had the opportunity to bring to the forefront an organisation tackling malnourishment of students, the Akshaya Patra Foundation. The vision of this praiseworthy NGO is to not let any child of India be deprived of education because of hunger. Shridhar Venkat, CEO of the organisation, recollects being approached by the chairman, a monk, who told him: “Why are you building empires for others? Build for these children.”
Watch our exclusive video on the modern and ingenious engineering involved in satisfying the daily nutritional needs of growing children from the vulnerable strata of society.
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Akshaya Patra and the SDGS
The Akshaya Patra Foundation was established in 2000 to provide mid day meals to nearly 2 million students from vulnerable backgrounds across India. This initiative is in resonance with many of the Sustainability Development Goals, SDGs, including SDG 1,2,3,5,6,10, 11, 12 and 17 as well as facilitating SDG 4 quality education for all. This motivates children to go to school and fulfils the nutritional and educational needs of a generation.
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When Swiss Learning Exchange visited the Akshaya Patra Kitchen
This is what we witnessed and tasted!
5am. Lunch preparation starts, catering for 100K students across 635 schools in Bengaluru, South India. Watch video
Lentils, an important nutritious component of a vegetarian meal, is a slow food and takes time to cook. Chemicals and plastics are absent from the whole process.
Noon. Hundreds of thousands of young students are served warm meals which are eaten, seated on the ground with washed hands. This forms part of the rich Indian culture and is beneficial for both posture and digestion of food. And it’s an easy to implement trick if you’re prone to over-eating!
This organic and eco-friendly balanced diet costs INR 10 per plate, the equivalent of $0.15, which is the price of ketchup at McD. The project is 50% subsidised by the government. The other half comes from contributions by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs of companies like Infosys or philanthropist like Mr. Mohandass Pai.
This project is an example of sustainability, scalability and replicability. Developed nations can also be inspired by it to drive social inclusion models.
Projects like the Akshay Patra Foundation empower future generations without expectations of return on investments, thereby materialising hopes and dreams while being true to sustainability.