A group photo with everyone involved
Narayanan Krishnan was a bright, young, award-winning chef with a five-star hotel group, short-listed for an elite job in Switzerland. But a quick family visit home before heading to Europe changed everything. Narayanan Krishnan has now brought more than 1.2 million hot meals to India’s homeless and destitute through Akshaya Trust, his non-profit organisation founded in 2003. Ensuing the donation by RYTHM Foundation and QI Group Executive Chairman Vijay Eswaran, the construction of Krishnan’s dream project – the Akshaya Home, was finally completed. The Home will serve as a humble abode to provide food and shelter to the homeless, helpless and mentally disabled people of Madurai. 9 May 2013 marked a new beginning for RYTHM Foundation and Akshaya Trust, as the home officially opened its doors to accommodate over 400 residents and is spread over a 60,000 sq.ft. area campus in Nagartheertham, Kodimangalam village, Madurai. RYTHM Foundation donated a total of USD 65,000 to further Krishnan’s noble mission. In recognition of this donation, Krishnan named the block housing the kitchen, dining and store-room, the ‘RYTHM Block’. Donna Marie Glenn Imson, a Trustee of RYTHM Foundation felicitated Krishnan by awarding the Indian chef-turned-social worker a ‘Certificate-of-Merit’.