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.

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.


How the youth are helping India grow into a superpower

A country is as strong as its people, and India’s youth play a pivotal role in shaping our today as well as tomorrow. In fact, the youth are not just an important resource of knowledge building and wealth, but are also responsible for bringing about social changes and progress.

The way we shape the future generations is how we ultimately shape our coming years. The youth are like fresh clay, and can be moulded in any way. From giving the right education to laying a solid foundation based on moral values and ethics, it is essential that we create the right building blocks in order to empower our youth and lead them on the right path to success and enlightenment.

If you look back in time and dig deep into the historical archives of India, you will see that our youth of yesteryears actively participated in the struggle for freedom and served the nation with their courage, bravery and fervor. Today, we may not be struggling for our freedom, but we do have a long way to go in establishing ourselves as a progressive country that goes beyond the ‘third world’ bracket.

Taking this important cue, The Skills Academy, which is an initiative by The Ponty Chadha Foundation has strived to harness the inherent skills and talent in our youth, who belong to the underprivileged sections of society. The sole aim and overarching vision of The Skills Academy is to bridge the gap between the poor and rich, and to build a society that thrives on equal opportunities and rights.

From teaching the youth on how to be efficient security guards to understanding what it takes to ace housekeeping, The Skills Academy does not only equip the students with the required expertise that can help them earn, but also gives them a way of life that can be sustained and improved in times to come.

In today’s day and age, the youth require a wide access to information and opportune moments that can help them thrive. When the youth understand the importance of empowerment, they automatically uplift the society and become the forerunners for positive change. Let us, hence, take a pledge to pave brighter, positive ways for our youth and help India prosper the right way!


Republic Day Contest Alert: Guess The Sign & Win BIG

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Republic Day is a pivotal day in India, and as citizens, we take immense pride in celebrating the many facets of being Indian. Besides the vibrant parade on television that has everyone glued to their TV sets at home, it is a day for us to look back at our rich heritage and cultural history, while looking forward and paving the way with opportunities galore for future generations.

Keeping up with the patriotic spirit this year, The Ponty Chadha Foundation is taking the #ConnectingSigns a level up, and is encouraging users to participate in an exciting and brain-tingling contest that will begin on 23rd January, and close on the 25th.

How does the contest work?

Starting 23rd January, The Ponty Chadha Foundation’s Facebook and Twitter pages will share video snippets, which would be cuts from the original ‘National Anthem in Sign Language’ video. The audience will be asked to guess the signs enacted by the special children.

The users will have to guess and comment using the hashtag #GuessTheSign.

Simple, right?

With the invigorating and fun-filled #GuessTheSign contest, The Ponty Chadha Foundation will not just get people to participate and showcase their knowledge on sign language, but it will also be a grand opportunity for lucky winners to walk away with grand prizes.

If you’ve heard it, seen it, and loved it, then this is your chance to play and win!

Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages here, and participate NOW!



New Year resolutions to make India a better place to live

2018 is not just a new year, but an opportunity for new beginnings, new ventures and new goals. With each passing year, The Ponty Chadha Foundation grows in its vision and dreams, and 2018 is no exception to this. It’s time for us to build greater bridges, and take humanity to a whole new level with fresh resolutions to enrich the lives of those around us.

When we speak of India on a global level, it is a country admired for its hospitality and cultural diversity. However, there are a few things that we still need to alter.

At The Ponty Chadha Foundation, we have a list of resolutions for 2018 that can help carve a brighter year ahead.

Resolution # 1

Stop littering. Everywhere you go, people either spit on the roads or throw their waste in public spaces. As a government-run initiative, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has definitely helped our environment, but we still have a long way to go in developing an inherent interest for clean and green surroundings.

Resolution # 2

More empathy and compassion towards the needy. As Indians, we lay a lot of importance on values and morals, but when it comes to day-to-day human interaction, we lack a great deal. Touching our elders’ feet is great, but do we show the same respect by offering our seat to a senior citizen on the metro?

Resolution # 3

Greater tolerance and respect. Log into Facebook, or scroll down your Twitter feed. The one thing that jumps right out is our lack of tolerance. We get offended by every little thing, and are ready to fight just for the sake of fighting and proving an irrelevant point. Let’s have more respect, and let’s be less petty in 2018.

Resolution # 4

Helping Each Other. This may seem like a simple resolution, but it is the need of the hour! If someone is getting harassed or is stranded in the middle of the road, very few of us stop to help. It’s high time we watched each other’s backs and gave more than we expect to receive.

Resolution # 5

Change the way we look at women. Women empowerment as a term has been done to death. But as a country, and as citizens, do we abide by it and live it each day of our lives? Women are still considered to be the weaker sex, and are not considered equal to men. Let’s change the way we view women. Let’s build a society based on equal rights and equal opportunities.

At the end of the day, it is important to be more human, and less materialistic. We hope that 2018 is a bright and fruitful year for all of you!


A throwback to 2017 at The Ponty Chadha Foundation

From raising awareness around disability, to creating countless ripples of 1change for the underprivileged, The Ponty Chadha Foundation has achieved many milestones in 2017. Empowered and self-sustaining, the resources at the PCF are shared equally, while individuals from all walks of life are made to realise their full potential, which in turn empowers them to actively participate in improving the society and overall development for mankind.

The major achievements in 2017?

Health Camps

The Ponty Chadha Foundation has led 51 successful health camps in rural areas of Ghaziabad and Noida.

Food Distribution

There were 3 major food distribution camps, which were conducted in rural areas around Delhi/NCR.

Vaakya App- 2017

MBCN, an initiative of The Ponty Chadha Foundation, launched a picture-based mobile application in 2017, which was designed to help speech impaired and differently-abled children in learning through augmentative and alternative communication. The app has been named as ‘Vaakya’ , and it is immensely helpful for people who are speech impaired, affected by autism, cerebral palsy and various other mental and physical conditions.
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When it comes to building necessary skill set and harnessing talent, our MBCN teachers and staff deserve a resounding applause. The extremely talented kids at MBCN get opportunities to showcase and sell their handicrafts on the exclusive e-store.

Skills Academy

2017 has been a great year for the Skills Academy, where unemployed youth are given a chance to shine with their inherent talents and skill. Besides the expanding infrastructure, Skills Academy has helped pave a bright future for the underprivileged sections of our society.

Beyond Disability

MBCN, a pivotal pillar of The Ponty Chadha Foundation, carried out a special campaign to raise awareness around disability, called #BeyondDisability. The various activities carried out by MBCN and its staff were exclusively featured in India’s leading newspapers and media channels, such as Hindustan Times, Amar Ujala and Navodaya Times. Besides this, a live coverage was also showcased on social media channels that gave real-time updates of the events to everyone on a global scale. Needless to say, the impact has been immense, and the change has stirred many mindsets across the nation.

Connecting Signs

Connecting Signs, an initiative by The Ponty Chadha Foundation, not just educated the masses about sign language and its importance, but 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.