Akshaya Patra serves meals to Nepal Earthquake Victims
The Earthquake Relief Centralized Kitchen Project, a joint initiative of the Akshaya Patra Foundation, Jamsetji Tata Trust and Sipradian Sahayata Sanstha, kicked off its working on Saturday, June 19, 2015 by preparing and serving food to the victims of Nepal Earthquake tragedy. Akshaya Patra holds a prowess in delivering hot, nutritious meals to 1.4 million school children across India daily straight out from its centralized kitchens.
Akshaya Patra adequately excelled in setting up an emergency field kitchen in less than one week’s time to aid the survivors of the devastating earthquakes and their aftershocks that struck Nepal and caused heavy casualties. Tens of thousands of people were rendered homeless and without access to clean water and food.
Thirty-three members of Akshaya Patra’s Team set up the kitchen in a record time of 5 day. The kitchen is housed in a pre-fabricated structure containing three 600-liter cooking cauldrons to prepare rice, a 1,200-liter cauldron to prepare dal and lentils, and several vegetable chopping machines. No stone is left unturned in making the food absolutely hygienic and healthy.
The kitchen began its operations on Saturday, the 19th, by serving 1,100 people living in camps in Bode, where survivors of the worst affected area of Sindhupal Chowk have been accommodated. The kitchen has the potential to prepare 10,000 meals an hour for up to 100,000 people a day and will also serve the food to the survivors in other areas like Bhelukhel, Maheswari, Jella, Garun Kund, Kamal Binayak, Thulo Bayasee, Bayasee, Thali, Gokarneswar and Bhugmati.
In a conversation with Mr. Madan, Camp Coordinator at Bode, a homeless camp resident commented,” This natural calamity has taken away everything from us except for our spirit. We are working towards a resurrection and Akshaya Patra’s efforts have given us the much needed strength to fight against such situations.”
Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, expressed his gratitude saying, “I wholeheartedly thank the Government of Nepal, Jamsetji Tata Trust and Sipradian Sahayata Sanstha for their unflinching support in helping us set up this earthquake relief kitchen facility in the affected area. With their continued involvement, we are confident that we can provide wholesome, nutritious food to those affected in the region and offer comfort during this time.”
Akshaya Patra USA (AP-USA), based on Stoneham, MA, is currently raising funds to support the continuation of the feeding of Nepalese affected by the earthquakes beyond what has already been generously contributed by the Jamsetji Tata Trust and Sipradian Sahayata Sanstha.
“Hundreds of kind-hearted people throughout the US have already joined hands to lend their support to this vital humanitarian relief project,” noted Emily Rosenbaum AP-USA CEO. “We are so immensely grateful, as are the people of Nepal.”
Donors in the United States can help build Akshaya Patra’s Nepal Kitchen Fund and ensure hope and nutrition for these earthquake survivors by going online to www.foodforeducation.org/nepal or by sending checks to:
Akshaya Patra USA
92 Montvale Avenue, Suite 2500
Stoneham, MA 02180
ATTN: Nepal Kitchen Fund
Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest NGO-run school meal program serving over 1.4 million children in 10,770 government schools in 10 states in India from 24 kitchens. 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).
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