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/

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/