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The Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust is a charitable trust headquartered in Muddenahalli, Chikkaballapur District of Karnataka, India. The Trust, set up in November 2015, primarily strives to feed nutritious, well-balanced breakfast to all school-going children in rural India and disadvantaged sections of the society. It also seeks to enable holistic development of children by actively engaging with the school authorities and helping them integrate an ethos of academic as well as human excellence.

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The Trust also endeavors to enable rural uplift and transformation by aligning its activities along the four pillars of Vidya (Educare), Vaidya (Healthcare), Vaari (Water) and Vidyuth (Clean Energy), leading to the development of India’s villages as ideal and sustainable. At Annapoorna, we have always strived to nurture school-going children in rural India and the needy sections of the society, while catering to children’s academic, health, nutritional and emotional needs. The Annapoorna Breakfast Program focuses on providing daily breakfast to needy school going children, while working towards the objective: “Let no child go to school hungry ever!” Annapoorna started operations in July 2012 by a few volunteers, and as the activities increased in scale and complexity, it has now blossomed into a platform for more than 600 volunteers to serve, besides thousands of teachers at the schools, who offer their services and collaborate with Annapoorna. Thanks to many caring individuals, like-minded institutional partners and government servants who have constantly supported this noble initiative, Annapoorna now serves nutritious breakfast – free of cost – to over 4,00,000 (Four lakh) school-going children at 4,800+ centers located across 17 States and 3 Union Territories! Annapoorna works closely with over 800 local vendors in a decentralized model, with a customized menu to suit the regional palate, and standardized menu within a region to ensure quality. Apart from the breakfast program, Annapoorna is also engaged in setting up Reverse Osmosis-based drinking water plants, constructing a toilet at village schools, and conducting health screening of children. The Annapoorna volunteers come from various walks of professional life, and are engaged in this service purely out of compassion for the children and a desire to serve our communities. The values we cherish are: Love, humility, compassion, commitment and teamwork. We continue to experience excellent reception from the schools, and have also seen positive impact in terms of increased attendance, better health, and improved academic performance by the children. Teachers say, the children are now arriving to schools well before time!

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Our Logo

Our logo serves as a constant inspiration and reminder, helping us keep our heads, hearts and hands always ready to serve the society.

OUR SCRIPTURES SAY

Akashat Vayuhu, Vayur Agnihi, Agnir Apaha, Adyah Pruthivi, Pruthivya Oshadhayaha, Oshadhayo Annam, Annaath Purushaha

 

Meaning, from the space came air, so space is the first manifestation of God. From air came fire, which is the second manifestation. And then came water, the fourth manifestation. From water, the earth manifested and from it, the vegetation, which is the sixth manifestation. From vegetation came food, which is the seventh manifestation. Annaath Purushaha, the words in our logo, symbolises the eighth manifestation, that is life, jeevi, the unifying force binding all of us, the one serving as well as the served.

The Eye

located at the centre of the logo, represents the Annapoorna Devi, who is the Giver of Food for all.

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which emanate from the eye, represent the morning and the first and the most important meal of the day, the breakfast.

The Caring Hands

represents the love which is felt, shared and expressed in our work, both by the volunteers and the children. It is also symbolic of the unseen hand of the Universe, which has blessed, supported and literally carried our endeavour throughout.

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Our Inspiration

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, a spiritual master, leader and possibly the greatest philanthropist to walk on earth dedicated His entire life to the emancipation of the poor and the uplift of humanity, transcending man-made barriers and divisions.

It was the year 2000, when Baba spoke publicly about how pained He was when He read a newspaper article about an impoverished mother who, driven by hunger and desperation, poisoned her children and herself. He then took it upon Himself to feed the villagers in and around Puttaparthi, His hometown. Thus began the Grama Seva movement, a mission to reach out to the countless village-folk, with food and clothes, right at their doorsteps.

It is now our earnest desire to continue this legacy of Baba’s love and message through our work.

Love All, Serve All and Help Ever, Hurt Never –

These simple yet profound teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba are our guiding light, inspiration and standard. How much love are we putting in each step of the way? Are we serving every single child from the goodness of our heart? Are we grateful for the opportunity to serve? These are questions we ask of ourselves every moment and strive to answer. My Life is My Message. Love All, Serve All. Service to Man is Service to God.

Our Activities

The Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust primarily oversees the entire array of activities from planning to execution of the free breakfast program across the many schools in the country. Our responsibilities include maintaining a quality check on the food served, selecting local vendors and cooks, interacting with the volunteers, teachers, students and school authorities, conducting regular health screening, working with the village elders, gram panchayats and local authorities. We currently run the breakfast program across 4800+ centers in 17 Indian states and 3 Union Territories, benefiting over 400,000 children. We also work with the villagers in improving infrastructure by focusing on the 4Vs – Vidya (Educare), Vaidya (Healthcare), Vaari (Water) and Vidyuth (Clean Energy)

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Nutrition

Serving health breakfast to school-going children in government schools every morning.

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Health

Conducting regular health-screening, medical and dental camps for these children.

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Teaching

Spreading awareness, conducting academic tuitions and helping the children imbibe basic human values in life.

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Infrastructure

Constructing toilets in the schools, executing drinking water projects in the village, etc.

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Any other activities that would be useful to the children, women and the villagers at large.

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Our Growth Story

In July 2012, a handful of us came together and started the breakfast program. It was a humble beginning. We started serving breakfast at a school in Doddabele, near Bangalore, to about 50 children every morning. Little did we know that through a simple act of kindness, we would be heralding the onset of a nutrition movement that would spread throughout the country and across the globe. Inspired by the work, more hands volunteered, more schools were adopted and thousands of children now attend school on a full stomach!