Artesia, California, May 18, 2015
We, NRIs (Non-Resident Indian) need to take responsibility for helping ourselves, our Neighbors, our country and other places during the natural disasters such as flood, fire, earthquake and tornado etc.
NRIpress-Club recommend AKSHAYA PATRA, DSGMC/SGPC & SGNDSSI who served and establishing Kitchens for Nepal earthquake-hit victims
READ: What Nepal-born Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala says:
You should make sure maximum help reach the victims:
Nepal-born Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala has asked people to double check the credibility of the donation organisations before sending money and relief items for earthquake-hit victims. "I have been warned that a lot of organisations would be misusing this situation so I request every one who wants to help to please double check the accountability and then only offer help...,"
AKSHAYA PATRA PROVIDES EMERGENCY MEALS & BUILDS KITCHEN FOr NEPAL EARTHQUAKE SURVIVORS
STONEHAM, MA, May 12, 2015
At the request of the Prime Minister of India, Akshaya Patra is participating in India’s efforts to provide emergency aid to neighboring Nepal, which suffered a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25th, 2015 and a second 7.3 magnitude earthquake on May 12th. Akshaya Patra, with the support of the TATA Foundation, is building a field kitchen facility in Nepal to sustain emergency meal distribution efforts.
On April 29th, Akshaya Patra prepared 100,000 meals of pooris, chana, makhana, pickles, biscuits, and cakes for survivors of the earthquake. In addition, Akshaya Patra has sent 220 lbs of shakkar pari, 882 lbs of roasted chickpeas, and 220 lbs of individually packed units of jaggery, 4409 lbs of puffed rice.
The meals were prepared in Akshaya Patra’s mechanized kitchen facility in Jaipur, Rajasthan, and shipped in Akshaya Patra’s meal distribution vehicles to Delhi. The meals were then air-lifted from Delhi to the relief site in Nepal. With the support of the TATA Foundation, Akshaya Patra will begin building a field kitchen to continue to provide meals to survivors of the earthquake. The proposed kitchen will be able to produce 10,000 meals in each preparation cycle with a total daily capacity of 100,000 meals.
Akshaya Patra’s Jaipur kitchen is one of 22 mechanized kitchen facilities that provide daily school meals to more than 1.4 million children in government schools across India. Akshaya Patra's founders used their own knowledge of engineering to design immense mechanized kitchen facilities capable of preparing meals for 100,000 children or more every day. Akshaya Patra’s custom chapatti machines can bake 60,000 chapattis per hour and easy-tilt cauldrons can produce 1,200 liters of rice or sambar in just two hours.
These technological innovations optimize quality and minimize cost, time and labor to ensure that the meals prepared are safe, fresh, and nutritious. All of Akshaya Patra’s kitchens meet the highest standards of safety and efficiency, and ten of Akshaya Patra’s kitchens have already been certified as FSMS ISO 22000:2005 compliant, which means they meet the standards of the International Food Safety Management System (FSMS). The International Organization for Standardization established the ISO 22000 certification to ensure the safety of the global food supply chain.
Akshaya Patra has provided aid relief after natural disasters. In 2012, Akshaya Patra prepared 50,000 meals for survivors of floods in the Bhatta Basti, Shastri Nagar, and Jahawar Nagar areas of Rajasthan.
On 17 July, 2014, Bill Clinton, Ex-President of The United States, visited the Akshaya Patra Foundation in Jaipur, Rajasthan and went to a beneficiary school thereafter. He was very appreciative of Akshaya Patra's work and was awed by the functioning of the roti maker machine. The excited students also demonstrated some of their whizz tricks in Mathematics. A cultural programme was held in Clinton's honour and the Ex-President was delighted to watch it. He visited the centralised Akshaya Patra kitchen in Jaipur where the food is cooked and transported to schools, including Madrassas. "Such huge quantity of food prepared and served in efficient, healthy and sanitary manner is unbelievable," Clinton said while addressing the students of the school.
The Clinton Foundation under the Clinton Global Initiative is raising awareness and motivating business houses, corporates and other entities to fund Akshaya Patra for running the mid-day meal programme. The programme, implemented by the Akshaya Patra Foundation with support from the Rajasthan Government feeds over lakh children in about 1,500 schools. The Foundation also reaches out to 15,000 infants in 298 Anganwadi centres and runs subsidised canteens for the socially and economically challenged in Jaipur alone. "This is the finest commitment made by the Clinton Foundation in its 10 years of existence. It is wonderful," he said hoping that more business houses and organisations and agencies would participate in the programme.
Infosys Foundation and Tata Group donate over Rs. 200 crore to Akshaya Patra..
On Jan 15, 2015, according to Akshaya Patra media source, the philanthropic wings of Infosys and the Tata Group pledged to donate over Rs. 200 crore to the Akshaya Patra Foundation. This generous donation will be used to expand Akshaya Patra's reach across India, and equip the kitchens with the latest cooking technology to produce quality food faster, and with less expense.
- The Infosys Foundation will contribute more than £14million. Most of the funds will go towards building modern kitchens in Jodhpur and Hyderabad, which will respectively be able to produce 50,000 and 100,000 meals daily. The remainder will meet the operational costs for the kitchens at Jodhpur, Hyderabad and Mysore, as well as funding meals and bottled drinking water for about 150,000 children in Rajasthan. N R Narayan Murthy, chief mentor, Infosys Technologies Ltd, said “This is a wonderful program and needs to be further strengthened. The program should get adequate support so that each and every child in India does not go hungry
- The Jamsetji Tata Trust will contribute almost £6million to help Akshaya Patra acquire the latest technology and improve food safety. They will cover the employment of qualified food safety inspectors for our 22 kitchens across India, as well as funding four modern food labs at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar and Lucknow.
Tax Exemption Donation: NRI (Non-Resident Indian) donors, who are Indian citizens, holding an Indian passport are eligible to 100% tax exemption under section 35 AC or 80GGA of the Income Tax Act. Don’t forget to mention your Indian PAN Card Number in the online donation form to avail of the tax benefits.
As a resident of the U.S. you can avail of tax exemption by making a donation on www.foodforeducation.org , the U.S. wing of The Akshaya Patra Foundation. As a resident of the U.K. you can avail of tax exemption by making a donation on www.foodforeducation.org.uk, the U.K. wing of The Akshaya Patra Foundation.
SGPC /DSGMC Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) & Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) and NRI SGNDSSI
- Sikh Organization To Send 100,000 Food Packets to Earthquake hit-Nepal from the Golden Temple: Sikh body Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to send 100,000 food packets made from Guru Ramdas Langar (community kitchen) in Sri Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) to the earthquake affected people of Nepal.
- Sikh bodies to send around 45K food packets daily to Nepal. Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will be dispatching food packets for the earthquake victims in Nepal from Sunday onwards. DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK told TOI that they would send 25,000 food packets everyday to Nepal.
- California based Shri Guru Nanak Dev Sewa Society International, (SGNDSSI), a Non-Profit Organization have started 24 hrs Langar sewa (Free Food & water) and working on providing first aid.
“Our staff members are reaching out to the people who can’t come to our Relif Camps,” Manjit Singh Khalsa, a founder of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Sewa Society International told NRIpress. “We are taking food, water and first aid to hospitals, people living in Tents in different parts of Kathmandu and other remote areas where no one else have reached so far. We need your support so we can continue to provide food and water to as many as we can.”