Youth Empowerment Through Education

Youth Empowerment Through EducationYouth empowerment is the axis on which empowerment of the nation revolves. The youth without education is like a weapon without the necessary ammo. It goes without saying, that education is instrumental for the realization of one’s innate self and fulfillment of goals. Education is so necessary and essential that its absence may lead one onto wrong paths.

The youth must be equipped with relevant skills and must possess an educated mind so as to be an asset to the community and be active contributors for the upliftment of the society. Self-development of the youth is directly tied with that of the society. Therefore, it is essential to provide the youth with the right opportunities, which can harness their potential. Also, in order to enable the youth with the right skill set and knowledge,  it is imperative to improve the quality of the education system. By doing so, we ensure that the products of our educational institutions become critical thinkers, problem solvers and accomplished leaders of tomorrow.

A few unstoppable and empowered Youth Icons

Youth Empowerment Through EducationMalala Yousafzai 

The youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai is the face many activists, who fight for the right to education.

 

 

Youth Empowerment Through EducationMark Zuckerberg

This young and super successful entrepreneur’s story is what dreams are made of.

 

 

 

Youth Empowerment Through Education

Sunder Pichai

Born without a silver spoon in his mouth, Google’s CEO has achieved this coveted position on the basis of sheer hard work.

 

 

Youth Empowerment Through Education

Justin Trudeau, Canada

The Canadian PM is one of the most admired world leaders because of his compassionate nature and liberal policies.

 

 

Youth Empowerment Through EducationTanmay Bakshi

The 12-year old whizkid is a pro at programming!

 

 

 

Skill India

In order to remove obstacles and make education accessible to the marginalized sections of our society, various measures are being taken by the government. This includes a dedicated Skill India mission which aims to train over 400 million Indians in different skill sets by 2022.

Various initiatives under this campaign are:

  • National Skill Development Mission
  • National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY)
  • Skill Loan scheme
  • Rural India Skill

Taking inspiration from these initiatives, the Ponty Chadha Foundation’s Skills Academy is imparting job-related skills to the underprivileged youth, which makes them financially independent. Here’s a glimpse of their relentless efforts:

Youth Empowerment Through Education

Values and Teachings by Nelson Mandela

Values and Teachings by Nelson Mandela

No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. —Nelson Mandela

An activist, a leader, a nobel laureate, a president and moreover a good human being—Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is remembered as one of the greatest men who ever lived. Very few people have had as much an impact on history as he did. Mandela was an incredibly selfless man who rewrote the history of many South Africans the world over.

Even though we recognize him today as a liberal who fought for the rights of people, Mandela’s teachings have found a way into our hearts, and have taught us countless lessons, which are incomparable to that of any textbook.

If there is one major life lesson that Mandela taught us, it was to sacrifice for something or someone greater than oneself. Besides this, he also taught us to forgive, to love one another and the nation we’re born in, and to accept each other despite the flaws and scars.

During his lifetime, Mandela inspired us with his numerous acts of benevolence. Even in the face of brutality, his compassion for his people remain unaltered.

Let us celebrate his life by remembering some of the greatest words of wisdom shared by him!

Leadership

● Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice their all for the freedom of their people.
● Lead from the back, and let others believe they are in the front.
● A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.
● Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated, and passionate about what they do.

Freedom

● Freedom can never be taken for granted. Each generation must safeguard it and learn to value it. Use this precious right to ensure that the darkness of the past never returns.
● As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.
● As I walked out the door towards the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.
● Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Courage

● When people are determined they can overcome anything.
● It always seems impossible until it’s done.
● A winner is a dreamer who never gives up
● I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

Compassion

● Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.
● To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.
● What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is about the differences we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.
● A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
● There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.
● If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important – and you do that by being genuine and humble.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/inspiration/values-and-teachings-by-nelson-mandela-2/

Importance of Doctors in Society

Prior to the discovery of modern medicine, life had been a fleeting motion for all of mankind. The environment was replete with unseen dangers in the form of diseases and unexplained medical conditions. With the passage of time and advanced technology, medical practice changed into an organized profession, and humans experienced a significant improvement in the quality of their lives. Even though, one might argue and say that technical advancement may have replaced these ‘angels on earth’, but the position of doctors in our society has not diminished, and till date, they remain indispensable.

Saving Lives

For people around the world, a doctor can at times mean the difference between life and death. Ask a soldier or a competitive athlete, and you would hear countless tales of how their fractured and wounded bodies found solace and healing through the hands of a skilled physician. A regular cough and cold is not where the job of a medical professional starts and stops.

Extending Life

Cancer survivors usually owe their endurance or survival to doctors, whose skills and dedication are crucial for their cure. Modern medical technology coupled with a doctor’s’ care can give patients diagnosed with terminal illnesses, the hope for living longer.

Being Human

Humanitarian work and doctors have been synonymous since time immemorial. Some public support groups related to health and wellness, such as cancer and diabetes, draw membership from the medical profession and help promulgate information about how to avoid certain illnesses through lifestyle changes. From volunteering, to working on missions that provide healthcare to disaster victims and the underprivileged, doctors play more than just one role in our world.

Conducting Extensive Research & Controlling Epidemics

SARS, Bird Flu, and Dengue were at some point of time diseases that led to inevitable death rates that could not be cured. In today’s day and age, when such fatal diseases outbreak or occur, information provided by doctors can help contain the epidemic. Doctors check the spread of such diseases by creating awareness amongest masses. They do so by alerting them about bad hygiene, and risky behaviors that lead to such ailments. Besides this, doctors also work alongside researchers to find new cures, and run tests on consenting patients in order to come up with the perfect medical concoctions.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/health/importance-of-doctors-in-society/

How to get your kids to open up about school

Parenting is easier said than done. Ask parents of an infant, and they might tell you about the sleepless nights they have to endure. Ask parents of toddlers and they will tell you about being on their toes 24×7. Ask parents of teens, and they will tell you a hundred more things they have to worry about regarding their child’s future. No matter what age, sometimes it’s impossible for parents to get their children to talk. This situation is the most distressing part of parenting, where you sense something is wrong, but can’t put your finger on it. Children have a way of shutting themselves out and just zone out. Therefore, it’s important for parents to be open and talk to their kids in a non-judge-mental manner. This approach helps the kids open up, feel safe and share their deepest of thoughts.

Here are a few parenting tips on how you can get your kids to open up about school

1. Don’t become an interrogator the moment your child comes back from school

No matter how strong the urge to know about your kid’s day at school may be, refrain from throwing a volley of questions at them. Instead, just say ‘Hi! Welcome home! I’d love to hear about your day whenever you feel like talking’. This shows the child that you are there for them whenever they need you. Also, it puts the pressure off the kid to give a detailed account of what happened at school.

2. If the child looks bothered, ask more open-ended questions.

Rather than simply asking “How was school today?” and getting a close-ended answer like “Fine” or “I don’t know”, try this!

– “What did you work on in your art class today?”
– “What do the kids actually do during recess?”
– “Did anyone get in trouble or do anything funny today?”
– “What was the worst thing about today and what was the best?”

But remember, don’t push too hard. Be patient and give your child some time to ponder and get back to you.

3. Resist the need to become a problem-solver.

When your child finally decides to talk, don’t overreact and jump to offer solutions. Instead just listen reassuringly without being judge-mental. Make them feel understood, and show them you know how it feels being in their shoes.

Follow these simple techniques and you’ll be making some success in getting your kid to open up and communicate with you constructively.

Source http://www.mbcnschool.org/blog/how-to-get-your-kids-to-open-up-about-school/

Ponty Chadha Foundation Health Camp in Duriya & Kachera

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”

This quote from Jim Rohn is just a simple set of words, but carries a very complex and deep meaning. Amidst the hustle & bustle of our lives, we forget to take care of our health and body, which later harms us in different ways. The situation however is worse with the underprivileged, who have to work tirelessly for long hours to feed their families. This ultimately takes a toll on their health, and leads to diseases and complications, which if not checked in time, leads to irreparable damage.

In order to make the lives of the rurals a bit easier, The Ponty Chadha Foundation organizes health camps that provide health services for free.

In the month of June and July, we visited 2 villages; Duryai and Kachera, which are located in the Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh. Soon after our arrival, the women, children and the elderly formed a line outside the clinic we had set up. A total of 242 hopeful villagers came to discuss their health issues, and each patient was screened by the specialists from Dr Ram Saran Garg Indo German Hospital.

From anemia, to maternal health, the doctors patiently listened to every health problem faced by the villagers and prescribed them with the suitable medications. Our team was swift in providing the villagers with the required medicine, and ensured that everyone was well taken care of.

People in the rural areas are often excluded from attaining health services due to various reasons, but the common one out of all is that of inadequate finances. Therefore, the Ponty Chadha Foundation has set up this mission to provide quality health services to the poor.
As an organization, our sole aim is to provide ample access to the essential medical services, which can help improve the life of those in need.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/health/pcf-health-camp-in-duriya-kachera/

7 ways to Empower Women

Ways to Empower Women

8th March is celebrated worldwide as International Women’s Day, a day when every individual pledges to honour, respect and value the women in their lives.

However, in a gender-biased society, how do we ensure gender parity all year long? In a world where women are often misjudged for the most trivial of choices, can we really say that women are empowered at all? Probably not.

Before we talk about how to empower women, we must first know why we need to. The reason is simple and universal. Women deserve to be empowered and deserve an equal footing because they certainly aren’t the weaker sex. It is their right to get all the opportunities and benefits that have been limited to men for years.

Ways to empower women!

Empowering a woman doesn’t mean giving her riches… Empowerment begins with small yet meaningful steps that bring about a positive change. Here are some easy ways to help empower women all around.

1. Ensure women’s safety
Out in the streets, women fight an unspoken war every day. Some are assaulted, some molested, and some violated. Truth be told, there is no safe haven for women anywhere, since most of these horrific cases occur inside homes and offices. While the government does need to initiate strict laws for the safety and security of women, we too need to keep our eyes open for wrongdoers.

2. Education
An educated girl can not only live life on her own terms, she can very well change the world. As responsible citizens, it is our duty to take that first step. From that urchin girl who begs for alms to that ragpicker who lives under the bridge, every girl needs and deserves to be educated. Teach one, teach all, and open new pathways for her bright future.

3. Healthcare
Safety isn’t just fighting criminals but also creating a safe, survivable environment for women all over. Ensure a safe, holistic environment and regular health check ups.

4. Save a Girl.
We focus on women empowerment every now and then, but how will we initiate the steps mentioned above when there will be no women? Girls in many parts of the world including India are killed before birth. Reason are many, but the consequences are horrific.

5. Teach job skills
A small skill is enough for a woman to start a career. Be it gardening, sewing or craftsmanship, these efforts can help them start a small-scale business of their own. Share new ideas with them and help them learn, because empowerment begins with small initiatives.

6. Raise your voice against gender inequality
Above all, raise your voice. Stand up for every woman and help decrease the prevalent gender disparity in all the stratas of society.

7. Give her Freedom
“Don’t travel late, stay within limits.” At every step we tend to imply restrictions on women. Now is the time to change the equation.
Don’t bind them in the chains of orthodox views. Give them the freedom they deserve.
If you wish to change something, broaden your mind and see what great achievers women can become.

Empowering women starts within our families, workplaces, and neighborhoods. Appreciate those superheroes who start their day much before you and end it much later. Say thanks to your mom and that teacher who encouraged you years ago. Say thanks to your sister who inspires you at every step. Say thanks to your daughter, whose smile is enough to fill your day with happiness.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/inspiration/7-ways-to-empower-women/

Health camp in the villages of Raghunathpur and Chhidoli

“It is health tHEALTH CAMP - APRILhat is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

Standing true to it’s vision of helping the underprivileged section of the society, the Ponty Chadha Foundation organises health camps every year in order to help the needy who are deprived of the basic facilities related to health care.

Poor access to healthcare is one of the most pressing challenges faced by the vulnerable and marginal sections of society. Due to lack of proper medical care, 28% to 30% people die every year that includes infants, pregnant women and the elderly. In order to combat this challenge and help reduce the number of deaths, Ponty Chadha Foundation has embarked on a path to bring about a positive change in the lives of those who are poverty-stricken.

Two such health camps were organised this month on 11th and 19th of April  both which are a part of Ghaziabad. The major health problem faced by both these villages were diseases related to skin and flowing ear. Out of the total population of the village Raghunathpur which is 1640, the total number of people who attended the camp were 142. As for the village Chhidoli, 134 people attended the camp out of the total population of 3000.

There were two doctors present at the site to address the problems faced by the villagers out of which one of them was Dr. Ram Saran Garg who is from Indo-German Hospital. He has been a part of PCF since a long time and has helped us organise successful camps in different villages of Noida and Ghaziabad. The patients were checked through thoroughly by specialized doctors and were given elementary medicines free of cost. All the expenses incurred for conducting the health camps are borne by the Foundation.

Manjir Ghosh, the PCF head was of the view that health camps are basically organised with the purpose of serving the poor and the underprivileged section of the society. The lack of medical facilities for the needy was a crucial matter and hence the idea of conducting health camps in these villages would benefit people immensely.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/health/health-camp-raghunathpur-and-chhidoli/