Connecting Signs – The Ripples of Success

Connecting Signs – The Ripples of Success

Disabilities go beyond race, culture, age, gender and religion. As a society, we have always had the tendency to box people under different labels, and “categories”. But what we don’t realise is that humanity transcends beyond these stereotypes. Humans are beautiful and capable in every way, and they have a lot to offer the world; more than we can ever fathom.

Connecting Signs, an initiative by The Ponty Chadha Foundation, has not just educated the masses about sign language and its importance, but has also made people realise that specially-abled children, despite their disabilities, have endless amounts of talents and skills that can shape the world in a wonderful and meaningful way.

Over the last two months, the children of MBCN have left no stone unturned in making the Connecting Signs campaign a successful one. They went to several institutions and local eateries to share some knowledge on sign language, and taught different gestures and words, all of which were truly enlightening.

What really topped it all, however, was the Indian national anthem in sign language, which garnered 2,144,759 views on Facebook, besides reaching 9,664,507 viewers. To add to these fantastic figures, the 25,000+ shares really got the ball rolling in the right direction for the overall purpose of this campaign. In a nutshell, many hearts were touched on virtual as well as off-line platforms.

It has only been a couple of months, but the Connecting Signs campaign, has created countless ripples of change in our society. People have walked away with a sense of pride and wonder on seeing these special children, and their sheer positivity that outshines the disabilities they may have had.

Source: http://www.mbcnschool.org/blog/connecting-signs-the-ripples-of-success/

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World Toilet Day: How long till we take the poo to the loo?

24X7 Radio jingles, major ad campaigns, constant news updates, and hoardings that you can’t ignore. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has certainly swept us off our feet, and how! While several measures have been taken to create a cleaner, more sustainable environment – toilets still remain a bone of contention for India. As of today, over 50% of Indian households still don’t have properly constructed toilets, and that is truly shameful, considering the fact that the mission for proper sanitation started off approximately three years ago.

World Toilet Day is observed on the 19th of November each year, and is a reminder of the importance of hygienic sanitation, which is, needless to say – a necessity. For India, however, World Toilet Day serves as an alert, wherein we take stock of the current critical situation, analyse the progress, and speed up the progress.

892 still practice open defecation, and what may come as a surprise to many, is the fact that this unhygienic practice finds its roots in social evils like untouchability and caste discrimination. According to a lot of Indian villagers, defecating in open spaces is synonymous with being pure. While building toilets is a great initiative, educating the masses and instilling a sense of realisation is even more crucial for the cause. MBCN, through its social platforms, aims to spread the word and enhance people’s knowledge on the importance of toilets and their usage.

We are living in the 21st century, and what should be sorted at the basic level, still remains a big chunk in the road to our overall progress and growth as a nation. While several people are beginning to understand the urgency of the situation, we have a lot of scope, with a lot of action that needs to be taken in improving the sanitation, and overall well being of the citizens.

Source: Ponty Chadha Website

Our Children Light The Way To A Hopeful Tomorrow

Our Children Light The Way To A Hopeful Tomorrow

Children are our most valuable resources, and if there is any hope left for the world to truly become a better place, then it is with these little bundles of joy. They remind us of love, kindness, compassion and innocence every step of the way. Children’s Day in India is celebrated with a lot of mirth and joy, and is a chance for us to encourage the little ones to grow into wonderful human beings, who can contribute to the society at large.

MBCN has always seen the bigger picture for kids with special abilities. These children have every right to receive education, seek greater opportunities, get involved in shaping the society and participate in activities, much like their peers. However, we still live in a world that can’t seem to rid itself of the stigma that revolves around disabilities. It is disheartening to see a lot of these kids, who get marginalised due to their physical and mental drawbacks, and have a harder time coping with others due to the stereotypes and inhibitions.

The eminent and highly experienced faculty & staff at MBCN strive each day to make the learning process easier, and to equip these special children with a bounty of knowledge, skills and talents that can help them break the set notions around disability.

A recent campaign, which had resounding success across the city of Noida, was #ConnectingSigns. From teaching people the Indian national anthem in sign language, to expressing special needs, our MBCN kids caused ripples of change through the robust campaign, which we hope and pray would have an everlasting impact on our community in the years to come.

Whether it’s kindness or the beauty in curiosity, children with special abilities can teach us the importance of empathy and humanity. This Children’s Day, take a few minutes and spend it with a child who has special needs, and be sure to walk away with receiving more than you could have ever given!

Source: MBCN School for Disabled, Founded by Ponty Chadha

Learning Kindness Through The Children Of Today

With the world that turns colder and harder by the minute, random acts of kindness are what we need to keep our humane spirit alive. These days, with social media gripping every nerve, we scroll through our Facebook and Twitter news feed, only to be saddened by how cruel and inconsiderate people have become. Whether it is towards other people or animals, there is a dearth of compassion and respect on all levels. With that being said, if there is a ray of hope, it is our children, who remain untouched by the brutal ways of the world. Their innocence and open hearts, willing to love and learn, are like a breath of fresh air for our society, and for the stifled environments we create for ourselves.

When we speak of humanity, it is important to stop and think twice about how we treat those who have some form of disability. Do we laugh at them, or do we reach out to them with a non-judgemental hand? Do we ignore them, or do we include them the same way we include other people? Children, with their pure minds, are free of judgements and inhibitions when it comes to loving and accepting others.

At MBCN, we take immense pride in our kids with special abilities, who set beautiful examples of what kindness means. Our teachers don’t just teach a regular school curriculum, but also teach values and the importance of being a good, kind human being to the children, who soak up these attributes like sponges. These special children are a true embodiment of the larger vision we have for our society, which we hope someday will be free of racism, casteism, and narrow mindsets, giving birth to unkind behaviour.

Children are immanently kind. They don’t judge, they don’t get vicious thoughts, they don’t seek revenge, and they don’t let anger or hatred consume them. They act on instinct, without any expectations, and they love, without keeping a score. Whether it’s offering an old person a seat on the bus or helping an old lady with her grocery bags, children may be years apart in age, but they are years beyond us in wisdom and kindness.

This World Kindness Day, let’s take notes from the little ones, who have so much love and kindness to offer, and who can definitely teach us a thing or two, if not more about humanity!

World Cerebral Palsy Day – One Step At A Time In The Right Direction

In case you haven’t heard of the term before, cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder caused by a brain injury or malformation that occurs while the child’s brain is under development. Cerebral palsy, or what is commonly referred to as CP, affects body movement and muscle coordination. Treatment for cerebral palsy depends on the patient, and the degree to which it affects him or her. The earlier it gets detected, the better chances one has for improvement.

Each year, October 6th is recognised as World Cerebral Palsy Day. Apart from creating awareness, it is an opportunity for one to celebrate and express pride in the many milestones people with cerebral palsy have achieved, despite their limitations. In addition to this, it is an opportunity for communities across the world to create a strong voice for cerebral palsy patients, which in turn, motivates them to go out and change the world for the better.

As an initiative to create a support group, MBCN recently held a #CerebralPalsyDay interaction session with parents of those affected. It was an open forum where they shared their challenges and feelings. Busting certain myths around CP and addressing pivotal issues, was the crux of this session. The parents were extremely happy with this session, and requested for similar sessions in the future as well. Here are some pictures for you to see:

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Cerebral palsy is a condition that needs to be treated with utmost care and concern. There are 17 million people across the world who live with cerebral palsy, and 35 million are closely connected with either a child or an adult who suffers from this condition. While apathy is necessary, educating the masses and creating a bridge of open communication is just as important.

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/

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/