I am here to share my story that how Akshaya Patra has impacted my life. My name is Darshan. I am 21 yrs old in my final year of engineering- electronics & communication. I wanted to share all my childhood memories which I remember very clearly.
My parents moved to Bangalore from Hosadurga when I was in 3rd standard due to financial problems. I lived with my aunt for one year and then came to Bangalore. Both my parents were working then. My father has been a security supervisor for the last 10 yrs. My mother was working in a garment factory. Left to ourselves, I and my brother like most other children played all the time. I had no special interest in studies.
After my 7th STD, my father told me that I would have to study in a government school nearby. The tuition fees were hard to pay for the other school. At lunch time a lot of days my mother used to pack the lunch for us. But on some days, we would get some junk food like groundnuts, cucumber etc.
When I was in the 9th std, one day I went home and told my mother that you give me a plate. From tomorrow we are going to get food in the school from Akshaya Patra. The next day a big van came. We got the vessels and were waiting for the lunch bell to ring. We were curious about the food. My friends and I were serving the other children the food and then we sat down to have. There was enough left for us to have even while going back home at 4 pm. From that day, we had stomach full of food.
Interestingly I also had a new found interest in studies. In my 10th I scored 80%. A scholarship from Akshaya Patra helped me complete my PUC with 87%.
I had to overcome a lot of financial problems to pursue engg, I worked part time in coffee day to pay my tuition fees and my comp. Finally in 2nd year I got a bank loan from Canara Bank, Vijayanagara Branch. I am currently in my last year of engg. In campus placement I got recruited by HCL technologies.
"I have a lot to achieve in life. People at Akshaya Patra are telling me they are proud of me. I sincerely thank Akshaya patra for the tasty meal that came everyday without fail and for the scholarship. I can imagine how much more difficult it would have been for me otherwise.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation inaugurated its 34th kitchen in Jigani, Bengaluru, with the support of Bosch India
Employees of Marks & Spencer visited Akshaya Patra’s Vasanthapura kitchen in Bengaluru, along with a beneficiary school of the Foundation