Born and brought up in India, I have seen many young kids who are unable to get even the most basic primary education due to a variety of issues like poverty, unawareness, the struggle for basic necessities, etc.
All these years while I was growing up, I was busy carving out a life of my own and pursuing my dreams, until recently, when for the last 2 years, I decided to dedicate my time teaching the less privileged kids to help them fight poverty and to fulfil their dreams!
When I was volunteering in an organization to teach kids, what I felt was that the root of the problem is not the access to education, but it starts somewhere at a point, as basic as food. I saw 80% of those kids coming to school only because they not only got a meal there, but raw food material for their homes as well, which could feed their parents and other family members!
Though it was always so prevalent, I couldn't see that, as much as education is one of the most important aspects of livelihood, however a full stomach is a much bigger and the most fundamental thing in anyone's life!
A kid with an empty stomach can't study, A parent with an empty stomach can't work and earn and can’t feed or educate their kids, a patient can't recover if he/she has not had enough to eat, people who are orphaned or disabled and can't afford to earn, go empty stomach and are forced to die on streets, and the list is never ending!
This is where charities like "Anna Kshetra" come in - who are feeding hundreds of such individuals to ensure they can look forward to things beyond food!
About Anna Kshetra:
The founder, Rama Rajesh,has been feeding the needy poor for the last 17 years. Helping people in need has been his sole purpose of life since he was a 23-year-old! He started with selling gifts and greeting cards on the street, to running a small 50sq ft shop, to running a guesthouse single handedly which he inherited from his father, dedicating all the profits he earned to feed the people in need! He has gone to the extent that he has been asking for money, door to door, to keep this running until now.
He delivers the food to the needy himself each day. Sometimes he's accompanied by volunteers residing nearby and sometimes guests from all over the world who happen to be staying at his guest house.
People who receive his food and care are often orphans, widows, or disabled individuals separated from their families by forces beyond their control, and are unable to care for themselves. In other cases, they are, what remains of the family when the breadwinner has passed away or is otherwise absent. There are also mothers struggling to overcome obstacles that have prevented them from caring properly for their children.
With the help of kind hearted people, Anna Kshetra Charitable Trust ( reg.no :141/IV/2015) has fed over 200,000 people until May 2019.
Rama has so far been doing this, buying food from restaurants and delivering packets to the needy, which is proving quiet expensive and has stopped him from moving any further with this model, and the amount of funds he can generate.
With your help, he now has dreams of opening a kitchen that will not only allow him to run this more economically and feed more people, but also provide him an opportunity to control the quality and quantity of the food directly!
Anna Kshetra has started raising, and has spent Rs.300030/- so far! Details are below:
Phase 1: Infrastructure (for flooring, wiring, carpentry, painting) 89830/-
Phase 2: Kitchen Equipment & Gas-line 92000/-
Phase 3: Water source area development & Water filter installation 118200/-
The current aim of this campaign is to raise another Rs 500,000 for aid towards:
Phase 4: Kitchen waste water treatment plant. 140000/-
Phase 5: Kitchen solid waste plant. 30000/-
Phase 6: Cooking Vessels 50000/-
Phase 7: Food Delivery Van ( down payment for loan) - 100000/-
Additional 180,000/- for 3 months of running cost for the kitchen.
I have personally visited Anna Kshetra and can help you with any queries you have in case of doubts which may be stopping you to extend your help. Feel free to contact me!
Needless to say, any to every penny here will help bring a smile on the hungry faces 🙂
You can pay using the "Donate now" button or directly make an account transfer to the charity account details in the attached image below!