Tang Distribution Drives by PCF this February

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There’s no joy like the joy of giving, as a nation we have fared well in terms of progress, basic issues like hunger remain constant. In a quest to bring in equity at a grassroot level, PCF takes immense pride to carry out food and beverage distribution drives on a regular basis. Mostly held in the Delhi/NCR region, these distribution camps cater to the marginalized sections of the society. Our belief is to make a positive impact through spreading the basic human happiness through something as necessary, and thus mostly overlooked, as food.

Under our food distribution camps, this month saw five Tang distribution drives across the Delhi/NCR region. We went to several schools in places like Raghunathpur, Dinanathpur, Dasna, Bamheta, Bayana etc. and served the children with refreshing glasses of Tang.

The joy and warmth were experienced by a total of about 3000 children. It was a matter of immense pride to us to have catered to these kids and spread the smiles as can be seen in the images.

Apart from these, in February this year, we organized two health drink distribution camps at the villages of Yasin Garhi and Masuri in Ghaziabad. he delicious and nutritious doses were served to a sum of over 1500 children.

However small in scale, it’s a step that’s much-needed in our nation to keep each and every citizen well-fed. Food and nutrition are definitely the need of the hour and with all of us standing together, in the aid of those who can’t fend for themselves, we’ll surely overcome it one day. We’re already headed that way, are you with us?

Source: Ponty Chadha Website


Make Room for Kindness, Compassion & Goodwill this World NGO Day


27th February, a day to celebrate & commemorate charitable acts done by NGOs around the world! Declared in 2010 by the 12-member countries of the IX Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea as the World NGO Day, it’s a day of honoring the spirit of philanthropy.

A number of Indians have put on the philanthropic hats and gone out of their ways to bring in positive changes to the country. Be it in education, healthcare, gender rights or wealth gap, it is through the charitable steps taken by these personalities that make the world a better place. Labelled as the ‘Most Generous Man’ several times by multiple organizations, Azim Premji, Chairman of Wipro Limited, has been known to have donated about half of stake-holding in Wipro to charity work. Subhash Chandra, Chairman of Essel Group, has contributed as much as Rs.5,000 crore for philanthropy. Similarly, there are multiple NGOs that have achieved a distinctive spot in philanthropy.

Any individual, irrespective of class, can take up philanthropic work. All it takes is the will and the spirit to make peace, equity and justice the status quo. There are plenty of ways you can make use of your time for charitable undertakings. You can always join any NGO that is working in the sector that you want to contribute to. If you wish to start a philanthropic venture on your own, there are numerous ways that can be approached too. Given the right guidance and mentorship, you can form your own organization. All you’ll need is a group of like-minded people who are willing to make a change.

When it comes to dealing with disability, youth empowerment, healthcare and hunger, Ponty Chadha Foundation too is trying to contribute to the nation. With our Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, we have embarked on a mission to gift a life of self-sufficiency and dignity to the differently-abled. Our Kulwant Singh Chadha Skills Academy plays a crucial part in empowering the youth of our nation and enabling them to support themselves. In the similar way, the regular health camps and food distribution drives strive to usher in accessible care to the marginalized.

We are all capable of making a change that turns the world into a happier place. Let’s pledge to start on our own this World NGO Day and give peace and equality another chance.

A Tribute: Remembering Stephen Hawking’s Most Inspiring Quotes

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A scientist, a visionary, a bestselling author – Stephen Hawking has bid farewell to this world that could never get enough of his profound contributions, incredible knowledge and brilliant humour. The New York Times wrote the most apt obituary for the prodigy saying, “who roamed the cosmos from a wheelchair, pondering the nature of gravity and the origin of the universe and becoming an emblem of human determination and curiosity.” Hawking’s work on the properties of blackholes and gravity has given a whole new perspective to the modern physics.

Here’s our tribute to the science’s brightest star by remembering his immortal words that will keep on inspiring the generations to come.

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Source: http://www.mbcnschool.org/blog/a-tribute-remembering-stephen-hawkings-most-inspiring-quotes/

Zero Discrimination Day: Doing More than Just Spreading a Message

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March 1 of every year is observed as Zero Discrimination Day round the globe to celebrate and promote equal rights of people with different nationalities, castes, genders, religions, beliefs, races etc. It was first celebrated on March 1, 2014, particularly observed by UNAIDS, a UN organization that fights discrimination against people living with AIDS. It was, later on, observed as a day to unite people against every other kind of discrimination to strengthen the sentiment that everybody counts.

It is quite unfortunate that even in India, whose independence war started as a battle against the extremely racist British regime, discrimination and prejudice are still quite common and prevalent. Such unfair and ill-founded is this discrimination that it does not let even the differently-abled people live with dignity. Discrimination is not just denying a specific right to someone but an action as common as giving a lingering look to tourists, colored people, people on wheelchair, and the list goes on. It is making them feel that they are incomplete in some way.

In such a situation, what we need is an initiative that not only stands against the issue but empowers the concerned people as well. That is exactly the motto of The Ponty Chadha Foundation (PCF). The organization, through Kulwant Singh Chadha Skills Academy, provides equal learning opportunities to the underprivileged Indian youth, no matter what their caste, religion or background is. So far, thousands of young people have been employed and are making the most of their lives. The academy maintains a commendable teacher-student ratio of 1:30 so that each student gets equal and ample attention of the teachers and trainers. The curriculum encompasses almost every employability skills ranging from soft skills training to computer literacy.

PCF is also dedicated towards making quality healthcare accessible to the needy through its regular free diagnostic health camps for village communities. Thousands of patients who are underprivileged have benefitted from these camps, which certainly encourage us to do more and better for them.

The Ponty Chadha Foundation’s another applaudable initiative, Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (MBCN), is a charitable school for children with special needs and abilities. The idea behind MBCN is not only to educate, but also make these children ready for the competitive world and give them a chance to claim all they deserve.

PCF also firmly believes in food security for every human being. Keeping this idea as the founding stone, the organization has partnered with the India Food Banking Network (IFBN) to organize involuntary food distribution drives to donate essential food grains such as rice and wheat and high energy biscuits and cookies to the underprivileged communities in Noida and Ghaziabad.

The Ponty Chadha Foundation is just one step in the right direction. We, as a nation and society, must come together to eradicate discrimination of all types, from all lives. This Zero Discrimination Day, let us all take a pledge to treat everyone equally and respect unconditionally.

Let there be light this International Book Giving Day


“You cannot open a book without learning something.” – Confucius

Eating, shopping, exercising and what not, times have changed the ways we do most of our daily activities. The role of books in our lives remains undiminished, nevertheless. A trustworthy guide and a fun companion, books can play a myriad of parts in an individual’s life. Besides building minds, they are the shapers of the society.

In order to make sure that no child is deprived of the nourishment of reading, 14th February is celebrated worldwide as the International Book Giving Day. The aim was to have the written word reach out to even those who are not fortunate enough to access them. A symbolic day, it’s a great occasion to promote the necessity of books in one’s life.

Although it’s celebrated just one day, the season of books lasts all year long. With the right amount of push and encouragement, the healthy habit of reading can be garnered in a child. Most of us consider textbooks as the only books apt for children. The fact, however, is that the more one reads, the more one learns and grows.

When it comes to inculcating the enthusiasm for books in children, some of us get bogged down by their fleeting attention spans. The code is to not force a book on a child. From what theory and practice have taught us, children learn faster when they are constantly exposed to something. The idea is to raise children in a space surrounded by books. Plus, the more they see their parents or grown ups read, the more their intrigue will be piqued. The key, therefore, is to lead by example and steady exposure to books.

Another important aspect of the day lies in advocating the access to books. In our country, a child who has never got to lay his/her hands on a book isn’t a rarity. The spirit of International Book Giving Day is incomplete without attempting to make books universal. Therefore, let’s participate in this grand cause with full enthusiasm and make someone’s life rich with books and learning.

Indian Women in Science: 6 Inspirational Trailblazers

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“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made… It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” —Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Every year, we celebrate 11th February as International Day of Women and Girls in Science, declared by the United Nations General Assembly in order to encourage females to step into the field. As we’re prepping up to celebrate the occasion in its full glory this year, let’s take a look at some of India’s trailblazing women in science who have made a mark in history with their technological prowess.

Kalpana Chawla

No list dealing with women in science is ever complete without this inspiring astronaut. Hailing from the small town of Karnal, her journey from Punjab Engineering College to NASA is beyond impressive. She became an astronaut candidate in 1994 and got the opportunity to fly into space for the first time in 1997. Struck by a mishap on her second voyage to space in 2003, Kalpana Chawla lived and died doing what she became known for all over the world.

A. Lalitha

Married and widowed at the age of 15, the hurdles in A. Lalitha’s way to success were notable. But none of them could stop her from applying to CEG, an essentially male-dominated institution back in 1939, and enrolling herself as CEG’s first-ever female student. Her passion for electrical engineering gave her premier roles in major projects like the Bhakra Nangal Dam and associated her with the work on its electrical generators. Her contributions in the electrical engineering domain remain remarkable till this day.

Tessy Thomas

Celebrated as the ‘Missile Woman of India’, Tessy Thomas was the first woman to spearhead an Indian missile project. A pivotal part of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), she played a key role in the making of Agni-V, a long-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile. Including the DRDO Scientist of the Year in 2008, Tessy Thomas has received multiple prestigious awards for her groundbreaking role in India’s missile development programme.

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Named among Time magazine’s ‘100 most influential people in the world’, Forbes magazine’s ‘100 Most Powerful Women’, and the recipient of several other accolades, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw continues to inspire us with her thought leadership. A prominent global figure in the field of research, innovation & healthcare, she is a leading self-made woman who has broken the glass ceiling and acts as the role model for millions of men and women alike.

Dr. Kamala Sohonie

The first Indian woman to secure a PhD in a scientific discipline, it wasn’t exactly a path of roses for Kamala Sohonie to pursue her calling in the conservative colonial India. Although she received premium mentorship from the Nobel laureate CV Raman at IISc, her time there was not free from sexual bias & discrimination. Nevertheless, she fought against all odds, completed her MSc degree with distinction and bagged a research scholarship at Cambridge University. A recipient of the Rashtrapati Award, Dr. Kamala Sohonie is still commemorated for her contributions in biochemistry.

Suman Sahai

A PhD-holder in Genetics from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Suman Sahai is known for advocating for the rights of the farming community. Through her research & advocacy organisation, the Gene Campaign, Dr. Sahai is rigorously involved in empowering the rural and tribal communities in India. Awarded with the Padma Shri Award, she continues to lead a distinguished career on issues pertaining to food, nutrition and livelihood.

Source: Ponty Chadha Foundation Website

What you must know this World Cancer Day

cancer dayThe World Cancer Day is observed globally every year on February 4 to unite the world and reflect on & raise awareness about cancer. Promoted under the theme for the year ‘We Can. I Can.’, this life-changing initiative is pivotal in making the world cancer-free.

An abnormal proliferation of cells, cancer can metastasize (spread) in multiple cases and become more difficult to be treated on. Rather than being a disease itself, it is a group of 100+ different diseases. And as opposed to what some may believe, cancer is not contagious.

If we look at the stats in India, it’s staggering that there are over 2.5 million cancer-affected, which is more than enough to stress on the need to make the nation aware about it. Also, about 3,95,400 people have died due to this fatal malady. The deeper we dive into the data, the more astounding it keeps getting. Hence, it’s of paramount importance to take necessary steps in order to curb it.

There are several types of cancers and preventive measures. Some major precautionary means might include regular physical exercise, diet control, a tobacco-free lifestyle, and so on. Although they can enable an individual to keep it at bay, only proper awareness on cancer can help us be cautious against it.

Therefore, this World Cancer Day, let’s pledge to adopt a healthy lifestyle and keep ourselves and our loved ones safe from this predicament.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/health/what-you-must-know-this-world-cancer-day/