"The vision of Akshaya Patra Foundation 'No child in India will be deprived of education because of hunger' is attributed to twin objectives: (1) Ending classroom hunger, by providing nutritious mid-day meals in government schools and government-aided schools and (2) Make basic education accessible, encourage more and more children to enrol in schools. A hot meal becomes an incentive for children to attend school and prevent dropouts. We feel honoured to call ourselves the world’s largest not-for-profit run mid-day meal programme, serving wholesome food every school day.”

- Shridhar Venkat, CEO of The Akshaya Patra Foundation

In India, school closures have impacted 247 million children enrolled in elementary and secondary education and 28 million who were attending preschool education in Anganwadi Centres. (*Source: UNICEF Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Livesof 600 Million Children in South Asia.)

As a result of COVID-19, an estimated 400 million informal sector workers in India “are at risk of falling deeper into poverty during the crisis” according to the International Labour Organization. This will also reduce the number of children going to school and more children will be joining the workforce as unskilled labour. In the case of girls, it is estimated that nearly 10 million secondary school girls in India could drop out due to the pandemic, putting them at risk of early marriage, early pregnancy, poverty, and violence.

Pre-COVID, Akshaya Patra was successfully running the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) programme, which fed 1.8 million children studying in Classes 1-8.

Due to Covid-19 outbreak which led to a Nationwide lockdown and leaving the schools nonfunctional from 10th of March’20. Due to which Mid-day meals could not be provided to children. It caused a serious distress in daily lives of the disadvantaged sections of the society. 

Akshaya Patra's COVID RELIEF PROGRAM introduced *HAPPINESS BOX* to help these children in the pandemic situation.

The Happiness Box includes:

  • Ration kit and immunity boosters for malnourished children with deficiency of Vitamin-D & Iron as they are more prone to COVID-19 infection. 
  • Hygiene maintenance kit which includes Sanitary Pads, Soap, Toothpaste & Toothbrush. 
  • Learning kits which include Note Books, pens , pencils, Crayons set, activity Workbooks.

Disbursement of the ‘Happiness Kit’ to MDM beneficiaries happens at their school premises, where students' parents pick up the Kits.

www.tellmeyourstory.biz has collaborated with the Akshaya Patra Foundation for a Creative Endeavour and Fundraising Campaign called Lockdown Art for Children affected by COVID-19.

Given below is a Five-Step Process to participate:

  • Submit your art and make a donation. Your donation will be used to prepare and disburse 'Happiness Kits' for the education and nutrition of COVID affected children, as detailed above.
  • Longlisted art submissions will be included in a virtual exhibition
  • Shortlisted art submissions will make into a digital book
  • Let the lockdown art and the story behind it gain global exposure through our community spread across various parts of the world
  • Let the art and your donation raise awareness. Your contribution will inspire people to support the COVID affected children, who are living in severe conditions, their nutrition and education threatened.

To know more and participate, click here: https://tellmeyourstory.biz/lockdown-art-for-covid-children

Amount raised so far

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