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CM Sonowal Inaugurates Akshaya Patra’s Kitchen Sponsored by the Airports Authority of India in Guwahati, Assam
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CM Sonowal Inaugurates Akshaya Patra’s Kitchen Sponsored by the Airports Authority of India in Guwahati, Assam

The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s new centralised kitchen in Guwahati, Assam on 20th January, 2020. Through this kitchen sponsored by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), Akshaya Patra will endeavour to implement the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Scheme in the state. The kitchen has a built-up area of 40,000 sq. ft., and the capacity to prepare 50,000 meals in three hours. Akshaya Patra will initially serve about 40,000 children in 600 Government schools in the region and gradually reach out to more children. The Chief Guest for the inauguration ceremony was the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal. The guests of honour for the event were Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Minister of Civil Aviation, who...
Avanti Finance and Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Collaborate to Provide Affordable Loans to COVID-affected Micro Entrepreneurs
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Avanti Finance and Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Collaborate to Provide Affordable Loans to COVID-affected Micro Entrepreneurs

Avanti Finance announced its collaboration with Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to support micro-entrepreneurs in securing low-cost debt as they strive to rebuild their livelihoods and resume business activity following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an innovative strategic collaboration in the social fintech sector. The Dell Foundation has provided Avanti Finance with a low-cost debt of INR 15 crore, which Avanti will utilize to provide unsecured loans amounting to as much as INR 150,000 to low-income borrowers in urban and peri-urban areas in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu for a period of up to 30 months. Avanti’s extensive network of partners, curated to accelerate access to formal credit and customized financial products to the unbanked, will be leverag...
Our Beneficiaries are at The Center of All Our Efforts: CEO, Akshaya Patra Foundation
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Our Beneficiaries are at The Center of All Our Efforts: CEO, Akshaya Patra Foundation

It is a proud moment for an organization when its name becomes synonymous with a particular initiative that is focused on creating a positive impact in society. The same has been the case with The Akshaya Patra Foundation. From serving just 1,500 children in 5 schools in 2000 to millions of children through its over 52 kitchens across across 12 States & 2 Union Territories of India, the Foundation strives to eliminate classroom hunger by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in government schools and government-aided schools. Mr. Shridhar Venkat, CEO - The Akshaya Foundation The Akshaya Patra Foundation recently launched the Happiness Kit initiative that has resulted in over 9 million meal servings so far. Mr. Shridhar Venkat, CEO - The Akshaya Foundation talks to Media...
Gujarat Chief Minister Inaugurates Akshaya Patra’s New Kitchen at Jamnagar
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Gujarat Chief Minister Inaugurates Akshaya Patra’s New Kitchen at Jamnagar

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani inaugurated The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s new kitchen in Jamnagar, Gujarat through a virtual event organised to launch a series of public welfare projects in the state. The newly inaugurated kitchen has been built in collaboration with the Reliance Foundation and Jamnagar Municipal Corporation (JMC) and has the capacity to serve 50,000 beneficiary children. In the first phase, Akshaya Patra will serve 33,375 beneficiaries of the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Scheme and ICDS Anganwadi feeding programme while adhering to international standards of food safety and hygiene. The chief guest for the occasion was Shri Vijay Rupani – Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat. The event was also attended by Shri Dharmendrasinh Jadeja – State Minister of Fo...
Pacific Mall Collaborates with KAW for Animal Welfare
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Pacific Mall Collaborates with KAW for Animal Welfare

New Delhi, Jan. 08, 2021: Pacific Mall, Tagore Garden collaborates with Kannan Animal Welfare, a not-for-profit organisation aimed specifically at providing care, shelter and potential rehoming for stray animals. Pacific Mall, Tagore Garden in the recent collaboration at New year’s day with KAW donated blankets and  jackets to 125+ dogs residing in their shelter. KAW initiated as a project of Kannan Foundation in 2015, was created to ensure that the quality health care that is available to human beings is equally available and expedient for animals as well.They also arrange feeding programs, provide feeder support, and sterilization to the healing animals. Pacific Mall is looking forward towards an adoption drive in near future on the eve of Valentine’s Day to encourage people to a...
Senior Residents at Columbia Pacific Communities Present a Humble Initiative for the Speech and Hearing Impaired
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Senior Residents at Columbia Pacific Communities Present a Humble Initiative for the Speech and Hearing Impaired

Bengaluru, Dec. 23, 2020: Continuing with their practice of celebrating community life every Christmas, this year, Columbia Pacific Communities, a senior care operator is presenting another unforgettable experience for a special section of society that is often overlooked and marginalised. A handful of senior residents from its communities came together to present a heart-warming performance for the speech and hearing impaired over a zoom call. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj8Tj_94jN0 Six residents from the senior communities trained for 11 days virtually on zoom calls under the tutelage of sign language expert Susheela Joseph, to learn enacting the popular Yuletide song Jingle Bells in sign language. Their recorded performance was then played to over 400 speech and hearing imp...
Salaam Bombay Foundation Organises Competition on Tobacco Control and Nutrition Amid Covid19 Initiatives
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Salaam Bombay Foundation Organises Competition on Tobacco Control and Nutrition Amid Covid19 Initiatives

Mumbai, Dec. 22, 2020: “If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery. It wouldn't seem so wonderful at all!” said Michelangelo about his creations which are renowned worldwide.  Thus using art as a medium, Salaam Bombay Foundation organised a virtual extravaganza titled “Innovative Initiatives by Students and Teachers on Tobacco Control and Nutrition Amid Covid19” which was one of the biggest platforms for young students from government schools to express their views on healthy living – a topic of utmost importance in an era of changing lifestyles. The 15th edition of the zonal event  took the virtual route this year witnessed students displaying their talent in the form of craft, drawings/posters and videos in the form of solo acts, songs and presentations with help and guidanc...
Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation Partners with Disprz to Launch ‘Project Ignite’
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Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation Partners with Disprz to Launch ‘Project Ignite’

Mumbai, Dec. 21, 2020: In a bid to provide support and grants to educational institutes to help them stay relevant and survive in the digitally evolving era, Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation (NSF) has launched “Project Ignite” in association with Disprz – a digital learning solution provider and CENTA - a certifying organization. The project is poised to be instrumental to allow the foundation to transform the institutes to be able to adapt to a blended online and offline format with the help of virtual campus and Learning Management System (LMS) in order to streamline the virtual education system. Project Ignite has been curated keeping in mind the post COVID scenario where the education system is expected to undergo a 360 degree transformation in the days to follow. With virtual learning...
Cisco Partners with The/Nudge and The PSA to Mobilize Agri-tech Startup Ecosystem in India
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Cisco Partners with The/Nudge and The PSA to Mobilize Agri-tech Startup Ecosystem in India

New Delhi, Dec. 18, 2020: The/Nudge Centre for Social Innovation and Cisco, in association with the Government of India, today announced the 'Cisco Agri Challenge', aimed at mobilizing agri-tech startups to innovate solutions that have the potential to positively impact at least 10 million small farmers. With a prize purse of INR 2 crores, the challenge will run in stages over twelve months. It will support participants in developing, testing, and scaling solutions that help alleviate the issues of low income and diminishing profitability farmers in India are facing. Prof. K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to Govt. of India, who is co-hosting the challenge, said, "The Government of India strongly believes that public investment in both traditional science and frontier techn...
KFC India Pledges to Help 500 Restaurants with Business Revival by 2022
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KFC India Pledges to Help 500 Restaurants with Business Revival by 2022

New Delhi, Dec. 18, 2020: The ongoing pandemic has had far-reaching effects on the foodservice industry and even more on small restaurants & local food businesses; with many fighting a grim battle for basic survival. With an aim to give back to the community it operates in and support local food businesses in the country, KFC India today announced KFC’s India Sahyog program. Designed to help local and small food joints to revive their business as they work to overcome the impact of Covid-19, the program will be executed in association with Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI). KFC’s India Sahyog initiative also builds on the brand’s global commitment to lend entrepreneurial support, in this case, to small food busines...