On 30th April 2015, at the request of the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, Akshaya Patra dispatched food for 100,000 victims of the recent Nepal earthquakes. Food was sent in trucks from our centralised Jaipur kitchen and then airlifted to help the government with their relief programme for the people of Nepal.
It was clear that the earthquakes would have a lasting impact, and so a more long term plan was required to help the 2.5 million Nepalese people in need of aid. Akshaya Patra, with very generous support from Jamshetji Tata Trust and Sipradian Sahayatha Sanstha, built a field kitchen facility in Bhaktapur (14 km from Kathmandu, Nepal) to sustain emergency meal distribution efforts. This was done on an expedited basis, with the kitchen still expanding whilst meals were being served daily to people in need of support.
On the evening of 19th June, operations began – providing 1,100 meals in Bode, one of the eleven locations to receive wholesome meals under the relief project. Akshaya Patra was uniquely qualified to deliver hot meals on the ground because of our innovative use of large scale mechanised kitchen facilities to provide daily school lunches to children in government schools across India, with our founders using their own knowledge of engineering to design our kitchens.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation UK office raised over £125,000 for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal thanks to the generosity of our supporters in the UK and Europe. This included funds raised at an exhibition and art auction held at Café Royal in London on 26th June 2015 in collaboration with The Hinduja Foundation. The Nepal field kitchen closed operations as planned on 17th September 2015 after serving 1.4 million meals across 88 days in the Bhaktapur region.