Adopt a School
The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF) is a charity in India headquartered in Bengaluru which strives to eliminate classroom hunger and thereby support the right to an education of socio-economically challenged children through the midday meal programme. It is the world’s largest midday meal programme and now serves over 1.8 million children across over 19,000 schools daily.
A fresh, hot, and nutritious lunch is served to children attending government schools and government-aided schools across 12 states and two Union territories in India. The programme is run in partnership with the Government of India appropriate State Governments along with the support of individuals, corporates, and other benefactors.
It currently costs us £12 to feed one child for the whole school year
The cost is kept low due to several factors – Government match funding, food production economies of scale via state-of-the-art kitchens, use of technology like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain etc to drive efficiencies. With over 19,000 schools supported, a donor can choose to sponsor the midday meals for every child attending a particular school in India rather than making a general donation.
An average-sized school is approximately 250 children and would costs £3,000 to sponsor annually. However, there are schools of many different sizes available to sponsor. Often large schools are sponsored by more than one donor. Not all schools are sponsored, and these are supported by general donations received.
Benefits of Sponsoring a School
The school sponsorship programme has transformed the lives of thousands of children since its inception across India, by nourishing impoverished children, increasing enrolment, attendance and focus at school, thereby allowing them to flourish and succeed in life and break the cycle of poverty for generations. An outcome that has surpassed all expectations!