When one thinks about Valentine’s Day, we think about how we can make the day special for our loved ones. There are so many Valentine’s Day gifting options - cards, chocolates, flowers and perfumes being the most popular. But if you are looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day a little differently this time around, keep reading.
Valentine’s Day is all about love and spreading love. So why not make a donation in your loved one’s name? Or perhaps, make a contribution together as a couple on Valentine’s Day? It will leave a lasting impact - not just as a sweet memory for the two of you, but also in the lives of those in need.
Where To Start?
There are millions of children in India who drop out of formal education, as they lack access to 3 square meals a day. In fact, every second child suffers from some form of malnutrition. By helping provide them with nutritious food at their schools, you empower them with the gift of good health and education.
Every time you go out and watch a movie or do some shopping with your family, you end up spending thousands. Did you know that with just INR 1100, you could help provide mid-day meals to a government school child for an entire year?
This is exactly what The Akshaya Patra Foundation does every day. Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) Mid-Day Meal Programme serving wholesome food every school day to over 1.8 million children from 16,856 schools across 13 states of India.
More About Akshaya Patra
Akshaya Patra is a non-profit organization with one vision: “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.”
They strive to eliminate classroom hunger by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in the government schools and government-aided schools. Alongside, Akshaya Patra also aims at countering malnutrition and supporting the right to education of socio-economically disadvantaged children.
Where Do Your Donations Go?
A donation amount of INR 1100 will help feed 1 new child in a government school, every day, for a year. You can also opt to buy new plates and tumblers for the children, in addition to the amount you pay for the mid-day meals.
There’s Something In It For You Too!
Every time you make a donation for this noble cause, you earn tax benefits! Under Section 80G of the Indian Income Tax, you enjoy a 50% tax exemption on the donated amount (for a minimum donation amount of INR 500/-).
Sounds Good, Right?
Apart from making a donation, you can do your bit by sharing this information with all those you know,so that they too can help provide mid-day meals for deserving children. Every child has the right to education and this foundation aims to support that.
There are many methods to donate. You can choose to donate in honour of your loved one or donate together on the occasion of Valentine’s Day - click here to donate.
So go ahead. Make the decision to spread the love this Valentine’s Day by providing mid-day meals to children so that they can dream of a better future for themselves, on a full stomach. After all Healthy Food = Happy Children!