Paving A New Path On World Mental Health Day

One in 4 people are bound to be affected by mental health issues at some point of time in their lives. Whether the issues stem from some sort of trauma or have built up over the years, creating acceptance and awareness around mental health is extremely vital in our society.

When we speak of the corporate world, the word ‘stress’ is commonly used to describe our work and day-to-day activities. In the race to make it big, we often forget to take note of our health, and little things that contribute to our overall well-being. Taking on more work than one can, cracking under pressure, having meltdowns, and forgetting to invest time in relationships are some of the leading causes of depression and other mental illnesses, which creep up over a period of time.

The other side of mental health issues also involves people with disabilities. Certain limitations make it impossible for them to live a holistic life. At the end of the day, it is harder for people with disabilities to lead a life of normalcy. Unlike others who can vent out their frustration through several means and seek counselling, people with disabilities have it harder, and can’t express as freely, or with the same amount of impact. It is, therefore, important for society to take charge and address mental health issues for the disabled in the same light as for those who are able.

With regards to World Mental Health Day, which takes place on October 10th each year, MBCN has initiated a campaign called #WorkNotJudge. The campaign revolves around mental health at the workplace, and the importance of including people with special needs. Besides giving tips on how to cope with day-to-day pressure, the campaign opens doors for those who may wish to seek help, but don’t have a voice to do so.

Going in line with the importance of having a healthy mind, Skills Academy, which is PCF’s brainchild, does a splendid job in instilling confidence and the right amount of skill set in the underprivileged youth, who are capable of so much more than they think they are. From housekeeping to gardening and preparing a 4-course meal like professional chefs, Skills Academy not only provides skill training, but also helps build self esteem and ambition.

At the end of the day, a healthy mind is as important as a healthy body. The road to overcome mental health issues may seem never ending, but with a little effort and love, we can make all the difference in the lives of those who find it difficult to catch the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Changing the course of food migration this World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated each year on the 16th of October, and is a way to honour the funding date of the Food & Agriculture Organisation, which was rolled out in 1945. Food security is the major crux and focus on this day, and several organisations that are concerned with food security, celebrate and recognise food as a staple that truly makes the world go round.

This year, the theme for World Food Day revolves around food migration, security and rural development. Regardless of the progress we make on a global scale, hunger and poverty still grip us at the very root of all our problems. Whenever there is a war, people flee from one continent to another, and are left with less than bare minimum to sustain themselves with. Food, undoubtedly, forms the very foundation of our existence. But during such harsh times, which are more often uncalled for, or come without a warning, leaves thousands without a single grain, let alone a complete meal.

This World Food Day, different groups of people are coming together to put light on certain issues, which calls for action on a global scale. Rural development addresses factors that force the masses to come up with different business opportunities, which help the youth get jobs and a means to earn their livelihood. These jobs could centre around dairy produce, or be crop-based. By creating such opportunities, we provide the world with better access to living a complete life, and without the social strain or stigma that springs from poverty. Sustainable growth is the problem we face today, but by laying the groundwork through active participation and action, we can cut the losses, and pave the way for a brighter future for the less privileged.

In order to create further ripples of opportunity and growth in this area, The Ponty Chadha Foundation has tied up with India Food Banking Network (IFBN). This is a national level project, started by Aidmatrix Foundation and Cargill India, under the chairmanship of Dr. Sam Pitroda, which supports thousands of feeding programmes that already exist throughout India. This national pioneering hunger relief programme leverages food banking, and vows to provide better living to those in need.

The yearly celebration of World Food Day is pivotal in representing the significance of the Food & Agricultural organisation across the world. Through this day, we increase awareness around the need of impactful agriculture and food-based strategies, which can help benefit the societies at large. The day is a chance for us to implement food policies that ensure sufficient supply of food articles across different communities and sections of society.

 

MBCN Kids: Making Noise Through Sign Language

MBCN Kids: Making Noise Through Sign Language

Communication of all kinds is necessary, and needs to be addressed on all levels. Over the last few weeks, MBCN has turned the wave for the deaf community by spreading awareness about the significance of sign language across Noida and beyond, through their Connecting Signs campaign. The resounding success of this powerful initiative has broken certain taboos and apprehensions that exist even today.

Needless to say, sign language helps us bridge the gap between those who have the ability to hear and those who don’t. By using different hand gestures and signs, the MBCN kids with special needs have imparted a rare gift of knowledge to the community at large. Here’s how!

Connecting Signs started off with a poignant video showcasing the Indian national anthem in sign language, performed by the MBCN kids. The beautiful expressions brought the song to life for all, and created ripples of heartfelt emotions on a large scale. Currently, the video has crossed two million views on Facebook. Haven’t seen it till now? Watch it here:

Besides the deeply felt video, the children at MBCN took the bull by the horns and visited several renowned institutions, schools and corporates all over Noida, where they taught sign language to eager audiences. The various people who were a witness to this ongoing campaign were enthralled to gain such keen insights into the lives of those who cannot hear or speak.

From well-known banks such as ICICI, Yes Bank and HDFC, to Domino’s Pizza, Jaypee Hospital, Wave corporate office & mall, Oracle, Genesis Global School, police station and fire station – the MBCN kids left no stone unturned in educating the masses on emergency signs, medical help and self introduction in sign language. You can catch the different videos here:

How would you get to know if a deaf person needs a glass of water? Or if he/she needs medical help? Connecting Signs has not just showcased sign language as a necessary skill for all, but has also raised the awareness bar to a completely different level. It has not just opened our eyes to a whole new world, but has also made us realise that the deaf and dumb need to be included in every way, as they too have immense talent and capabilities, that can make an immense difference to the small world we live in.

Connecting Signs has been a success for MBCN in every way possible, and has gone to great lengths to ensure quality life for people with hearing and speech impairment. But more than being a successful campaign, it has been a step in the right direction for our society as a whole. Connecting Signs has facilitated a wider channel of communication, which creates better understanding and acceptance of those who need our help and care.

All About Youth: Towards a Skillful 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.

Source: Ponty Chadha Foundation

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/

MBCN HI Students Connect All With Indian National Anthem In Sign Language

MBCN HI Students Connect All With Indian National Anthem In Sign Language

How many of you truly know the meaning of the Indian national anthem? We may sing it, hear it, or hum it, but do we know the real essence of the words? Sometimes, a lot is lost in translation, and a lot more goes missing for those who can’t hear or speak.

The children from MBCN recently showcased Jan Gan Man (the Indian national anthem) in sign language, and taught us a great deal about the beautiful song. The different meanings of the words were brought to life, and the zeal and pride on their faces made it a delightful experience for one and all. More importantly, it made us understand that knowing sign language is crucial when it comes to understanding the needs of those who can’t hear or speak.

Connecting Signs is reaching out to all types of people who come from different walks of life. It is an endeavor to reverse the norm and encourage inclusiveness on all levels, and of all types of people. As a society, we love learning new languages and exploring different cultures. It is however pivotal that we understand sign language and understand the culture of humanity in order to help those who need us the most.

With International Week of the Deaf just around the corner, let us all come together and celebrate the language that can connect us all and unite us for Love, Harmony and Humanity.