When I grow up, I will become a teacher” – Shivani Kumari (Bal Shiksha Ahara Beneficiary)

Darukhana, a place where hunger and dreams collide, is located in the less privileged areas of Mumbai. This place welcomes you with a foul smell and hungry faces. Narrow lanes, heaps of garbage and rodents are a usual sight here. The people here are daily wage workers who struggle to satiate their hunger on a …

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The Impact of Bal Shiksha Ahara Feeding Initiative

On 4th March 2022, Shri. Aaditya Thackeray and Smt. Kishori Pednekar inaugurated the centralised community kitchen and officially launched the Bal Shiksha Ahara feeding initiative run by Akshaya Chaitanya – an NGO in Mumbai. Bal Shiksha Ahara is a free breakfast Programme primarily concentrated on providing hot and nutritious breakfast to the underprivileged children of …

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Bridging the gap between knowledge and nutrition

Child malnutrition is a chronic problem and a longstanding challenge for the public administration of India. The National Family Health Survey (NFHS) of 2019-2020 found that Maharashtra was one of the states where the condition of the children’s health was only getting worse by the day.  The survey reported that 35.2% children under the age …

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5 Ways you can contribute to create a food-secure society

What is food security, and why does it matter? Well, in short, food security is about having enough to eat. More than 800 million people live in hunger every day, according to the UN, and experts predict that a further two billion people will be undernourished – i.e. not have enough food to stay healthy …

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Impact of Hunger on Human Physiology and Psychology

A bulging stomach. A boney frame. That’s what many people imagine when they think about the impact of hunger on the body. And it’s true, extreme hunger and malnourishment can have that effect. But have you ever wondered what will be the effect of extreme hunger on one’s mind? Yet, hunger can also affect the …

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The ‘Why’ Behind Akshaya Chaitanya’s Free Meal Programme

Amid the ever-busy city of Mumbai, dwells a section of people who struggle from the basics to the most crucial, i.e., food to healthcare. We interact with this section of people almost at every point during the day, yet we are so caught up with our own lives that we miss to pay heed to …

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