On 2nd July 2022, Morning nutrition was launched at Basavalingeshwar Mangal Karyalaya in Nagansur of Akkalkot taluk in Solapur district of Maharashtra. Nagansur is situated close to the border between Maharashtra and Karnataka states. Prior to independence, Akkalkot was a princely state ruled by the royal Bhonsale dynasty. Akkalkot is also widely known for its association with Swami Samarth who was an Indian spiritual master of the Dattatreya Tradition.
10 schools with a total of 858 children were selected as part of pilot project. Since it borders both the states, 3 schools are Marathi medium, 1 Urdu medium & 6 Kannada medium. 4 schools are situated in Nagansur village & remaining 6 schools are in the outskirts of the village. These schools have children mostly from migrant labourer families. Children are now provided biscuits & cookies for 3 days a week.
Details of the schools are as below:
|Kannada Primary boys’ school (1-7)
|Kannada Primary girls’ school (1-7)
|Marathi Primary school (1-4)
|Kannada Primary Vasthi school – Hipparagi
|Kannada Primary Vasthi school – Bandhunagar
|Kannada Primary Vasthi school – Nagalagaov
|Kannada Primary Vasthi school – Indiranagar
|Marathi Primary Vasthi school – Indiranagar
|Marathi Limbitote Primary Vasthi school
|Urdu Primary Vasthi school
Event held at Basavalingeshwar Mangal Karyalaya in Nagansur took place in the presence of Mr. Siddaram Mhetre – Former Home Minister of state, Maharashtra, Dr Abhinav Basavalinga Mahaswamiji – Basavalingeshwar Virakt Math Nangasur, Mr. Amol Raje Bhonsale – successor of Royal family of Akkalkot & Bhonsale dynasty & also the President Sri Swami Samarth Annachatra Mandal, Mr. Somashekhar Jamshetti – Maharashtra Kannada Sahitya Parishad State President. Ms. Geeta Raju Navindgi who is also an active volunteer at Annapoorna Trust was instrumental in getting this event organised. The Navindgi family are happy for having got an opportunity to serve their own community in their native.
Speaking at the event on SaiSure, Dr Abhinav Basavalinga Mahaswamiji said, “Today Annapoorna trust serves free morning nutrition to over 500,000 children at remote distant locations and various geographies across India in 6000+ schools covering 22 States and 3 Union Territories. SaiSure, a delicious multi-nutrient health mix is their own product which has proved to be a boon to many children. It is a wholesome, free of cost, simple, scalable solution to bridge the nutrition gaps and meet the needs of combating malnutrition.” He ended his talk by expressing his gratitude towards the Trust.
Around 400 school children also had assembled in the hall to witness the event along with teachers & staff. Most of the children hailed from economically poor background & migrant labour families. The Trust looks forward for continued support from local communities in achieving the mission of, “Let no child go to school hungry, ever!”