One Step To Freedom: Helping India Grow One Step At A Time

Freedom is a feeling that cannot be touched or seen. It can only be felt. A sense of liberation, to be able to lead a life of our choice – that’s independence for every human.

Be it a man or a woman, a child or an elderly – everyone is entitled to live a barrier-free life. At the Ponty Chadha Foundation, we believe in the liberation of the Indian youth from unemployment, women from defecating in open, children with special needs from being dependent on someone, and people in general from health ailments.

With our #OneStepToFreedom, we enable the citizens to be capable of living a life free from dependency on others, a life of dignity. Our motto is to make each Indian feel free with our initiatives. Here’s how we have brought smiles to children and adults alike:

Breaking Communication Barriers
At PCF, we help people overcome their inability/disability to communicate fluently. Our mobile app, Vaakya, enables the speech impaired to communicate effectively through pictures. We also provide sign language training to help them express their emotions effortlessly.

Skills Academy
Wave Skills Academy is a world-class training institute, which imparts trainings to the Indian youth for making them earn a livelihood. The youth is trained in hospitality, security services, fire-fighting, housekeeping, etc.

With regular Health Checkup Camps the Ponty Chadha Foundation ensures the rural India enjoys the best of health conditions. Regular free health checkup camps are conducted in villages to provide good health to everyone.

Spreading Awareness About Rural Sanitation
Every citizen is entitled to live a clean and hygienic life. We ensure that the rural population is aware of the hygienic conditions they need to maintain around them to enjoy a healthy life.

Building A Happy And Independent India
Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan is an initiative close to our hearts. It was found to help our children become capable to contribute to the growth of a successful India. We help kids with special needs to overcome their disabilities to lead a normal and happy life.

Ensuring No One Sleeps On An Empty Stomach PCF, in collaboration with the India Food Banking Network, works towards ensuring people below the poverty line do not go to sleep on an empty stomach. A healthy India is a wealthy India – that’s what we believe in. And that’s why we provide underprivileged communities with essential food items.

To sum things up, our #OneStepToFreedom is an initiative to enable each citizen with a healthy and independent life. We are proud to be fulfilling this responsibility with utmost honesty. And we request you all to join us in making India a nation free from poverty, ill health and illiteracy.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/inspiration/onesteptofreedom/

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Connecting Signs: A Language We All Must Learn

When you’re thirsty, you ask for a glass of water. What about those who can’t speak?

When you’re lost, you ask for directions. What about those who can’t make themselves heard?

When you’re worried, you call a friend and talk for hours at end. What about those who don’t have that option?

When you hear music, you can’t keep your feet from tapping. What about those who can’t hear?

Clearly, we need to bridge the gap and connect with the unconnected! And Connecting Signs does just that.

What is Connecting Signs all about?

It is about connecting those missing dots.
It is about making those unheard voices heard.
It is about breaking down those walls that keep us from communicating.

Connecting Signs is a way for us to reach out to those who need us the most, and in a way that has never been done before!

In our day to day hustle, we don’t realize that life is not as easy for those who can’t hear or speak. Even if we do take out the time to reach out, we do so with an air of sympathy or commiseration. The important realization, which we often forget, is that those with a speech or hearing impairment are truly gifted in ways that go beyond the ordinary. All they need is a little touch of magic from those of us who can encourage and help them.

International Week of the Deaf 2017: September 18 – September 24, and Connecting Signs is an endeavour, which will raise greater awareness around those who can’t speak or hear. The campaign will strive to signal the many challenges these people face, besides the many hardships they bear due to societal negligence and lack of effort.

The various activities and events will be a sincere attempt at bridging all gaps, and opening doors to effortless forms of communication. Besides educating the masses about sign language and its importance, Connecting Signs will also embrace the differences, give life to new friendships, and negate all forms of misconceptions and taboos associated with such impairments.

The power to change lives lies in our hands! Are you giving a thumbs up to this one?

Source: https://pontychadhagroup.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/connecting-signs-a-language-we-all-must-learn/

All About Youth: Towards a Skillful India

All About Youth: Towards a Skilful India

“Arise, awake, and stop not until the goal is reached.” – Swami Vivekananda

Since 1985, India has been celebrating National Youth Day or Yuva Day on January 12, the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda – social reformer, philosopher and thinker. The objective behind it was to impart the philosophy and ideals of Swami Vivekananda to our students in particular, and the youth in general. Various activities like processions, speeches, conventions, presentations, seminars and competitions are planned for the day to encourage and inspire the youth to embark on a journey towards the development of a skillful country.

It was predicted that India will become the world’s youngest country by 2020, with 64 per cent of its population in the working age group of 15-64. To boost the potential of youths coming from less advantaged families, Sardar Kulwant Singh Chadha Skills Academy has been training and empowering them to earn a decent livelihood. At the academy, students are trained in the fields of facilities management, security services, hospitality and computer literacy, and are prepared to deal with on-the-job challenges and responsibilities via field demonstrations, classroom sessions and rigorous practical exercises.

In order to encourage competitiveness and make the environment more challenging, the academy even reaches out to train qualified young men from marginalised sections on a regular basis. As and when their training nears completion, these students are hired by various Indian companies and MNCs.

With Sardar Kulwant Singh Chadha Skills Academy by their side, many have headed towards a future of fulfillment. The ultimate challenge, however, lies in preparing a competent workforce that can adapt well to varying industry demands.

 

Women Rights In India

Women rights have been on a global watch by many civil society organizations. However, in many countries, there has been a violation of their rights be it Muslim, Hindu, Sikh or Christian women. Most men perceive them as not people worth the same social or economic standing. This is a relation to the past and in present day situations. Some people think they should not be treated equally.

In most companies, men are paid much more than their female colleagues at work. This is happening in the same job position or title. Women rights in India seem not to be respected. A society without respect for women is a doomed one since they play a major role. They should be treated with utmost dignity and respect. In ancient India, women were perceived to be leaders in their own homes apart from being torchbearers.

In the present day, their roles seem to have diminished and they have been reduced to raising kids and doing house chores. The most important roles are held by men thereby discouraging them from achieving their dreams. Civil society groups and non-governmental organizations have created awareness campaigns on women. The society has changed its mind set thereby giving the girl child to thrive socially and economically. Hope has been restored to many women in India and they are looking up to leaders like Prime Minister Theresa May who leads the United Kingdom.

In most companies, men are paid much more than their female colleagues at work. This is happening in the same job position or title. Women rights in India seem not to be respected. A society without respect for women is a doomed one since they play a major role. They should be treated with utmost dignity and respect. In ancient India, women were perceived to be leaders in their own homes apart from being torchbearers.

Cities across India have embraced this new culture with some other women becoming technology leaders for major companies and startups. They have mentored many girls in what it takes to lead and the challenges they face on a daily basis. Though laws have been made, some people do trample upon and assume it doesn’t exist. What men should not forget laws are there for a reason, it should adhere. The choices women make should be taken into consideration for they are equal just like men. Civil society groups and non-governmental organizations have created awareness campaigns on women. The society has changed its mind set thereby giving the girl child to thrive socially and economically. Hope has been restored to many women in India and they are looking up to leaders like Prime Minister Theresa May who leads the United Kingdom.

Women have a right to protection from sexual harassment. The rise in cases where women have been sexually assaulted has been on a high note attracting attention from rights groups. Rape has been reported on different occasions in India. Another approach should be put into place and followed to the letter by authorities involved and the general population as well. Women too have a right to privacy, confidentiality, and right to free aid. They shouldn’t be judged on their disability level and deserve the same treatment as other people.

Source: http://www.earticlesonline.com/Article/Women-Rights-In-India/2571953

The Best NGOs to Work for in Delhi

It is simple for a considerable lot of us to express our sorrow and demonstrate some worry toward the weakness that we see around. Be that as it may, it takes a large measure of boldness, diligent work, commitment and in particular a kind heart to remain for the individuals who are in require. The Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are neither a piece of an administration, nor an ordinary revenue was driven business.

NGOs working in Delhi:

Smile Foundation

The Smile Foundation was begun by a gathering of youthful corporate experts in 2002 to acquire positive changes the lives of underprivileged youngsters, their families, and groups. The foundation not just works day and night to give a sustainable life to the poor yet guarantee that they get a secured and energetic air.

The Ponty Chadha Foundation

The Foundation has been initiated by Mrs. Jatinder Kaur Chadha in Sep,14, in the memory of her late husband, the erstwhile visionary chairman of the WAVE Group; Mr. Ponty Chadha. The CSR activities currently address hunger and food security, community health, education and training, sports among children and propose to impart skills training for rural and urban disadvantaged youth.

Goonj

As the name says, Goonj. A voice, an exertion, this association works in fortifying rustic volunteerism. Their convictions and qualities would leave anyone supposing for long. Regardless of the possibility that there is the absence of sponsors in some cases, they do not have an aim to do incredible endeavors. They concentrate on re-utilizing the materials.

Helpage India

Ever thought how we used to hold the hands of our older folks to stroll down the lanes. In any case, lamentably, there are a couple of who have left those hands for their narrow-minded reasons, leaving the older folks, the seniors behind, when they hunger for help, love, and care.
CARE India

We hear and read a considerable measure about ladies strengthening in faces off regarding, articles, talks, and so forth; be that as it may, CARE India is one such capable association that stands high in moving in the direction of it.

CARE India has been working for more than 60 years, concentrating on closure neediness and social unfairness. To put it plainly, they do what a large number of us only think!

Deepalaya

Deepalaya, empowering confidence, holds a dream to help make a general public in light of honest to goodness rights, value, equity, trustworthiness, social affectability and a culture of administration in which all are confident. Being an ISO 9001:2008 confirmed non – government association, they are focused on taking a shot at issues influencing the urban and provincial poor, with a particular concentrate on ladies and kids.

Hover of Animal Lovers
Hover of Animal Lovers is an Animal NGO in Delhi. They give shield and actual conditions to deserted animals and enable them to recoup if experiencing any sickness. It is a standout amongst the most active beneficent associations. Animals have their method for communicating joy, torment, outrage; this foundation comprehends what is imperative for their substantial presence.

Plan India

Plan India conveys a dream in which every one of the kids comprehends their potential in societies, which regards their privilege and status. They mean to empower denied children and their families to meet their essential needs and help them to make the most of their advantages.

Source: https://medium.com/@babita.goswami/the-best-ngos-to-work-for-in-delhi-e8f2af47f81f

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/