Make Room for Kindness, Compassion & Goodwill this World NGO Day


27th February, a day to celebrate & commemorate charitable acts done by NGOs around the world! Declared in 2010 by the 12-member countries of the IX Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea as the World NGO Day, it’s a day of honoring the spirit of philanthropy.

A number of Indians have put on the philanthropic hats and gone out of their ways to bring in positive changes to the country. Be it in education, healthcare, gender rights or wealth gap, it is through the charitable steps taken by these personalities that make the world a better place. Labelled as the ‘Most Generous Man’ several times by multiple organizations, Azim Premji, Chairman of Wipro Limited, has been known to have donated about half of stake-holding in Wipro to charity work. Subhash Chandra, Chairman of Essel Group, has contributed as much as Rs.5,000 crore for philanthropy. Similarly, there are multiple NGOs that have achieved a distinctive spot in philanthropy.

Any individual, irrespective of class, can take up philanthropic work. All it takes is the will and the spirit to make peace, equity and justice the status quo. There are plenty of ways you can make use of your time for charitable undertakings. You can always join any NGO that is working in the sector that you want to contribute to. If you wish to start a philanthropic venture on your own, there are numerous ways that can be approached too. Given the right guidance and mentorship, you can form your own organization. All you’ll need is a group of like-minded people who are willing to make a change.

When it comes to dealing with disability, youth empowerment, healthcare and hunger, Ponty Chadha Foundation too is trying to contribute to the nation. With our Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, we have embarked on a mission to gift a life of self-sufficiency and dignity to the differently-abled. Our Kulwant Singh Chadha Skills Academy plays a crucial part in empowering the youth of our nation and enabling them to support themselves. In the similar way, the regular health camps and food distribution drives strive to usher in accessible care to the marginalized.

We are all capable of making a change that turns the world into a happier place. Let’s pledge to start on our own this World NGO Day and give peace and equality another chance.


Zero Discrimination Day: Doing More than Just Spreading a Message

Zero discrimination day

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.

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.


WAVE Group’s Ponty Chadha Foundation leads from the front in CSR


The WAVE Group, country’s leading business conglomerate, has taken initiatives in the area of corporate social responsibility.

The group’s CSR and philanthropic arm, The Ponty Chadha Foundation, aims to give back to the communities that are directly or indirectly connected to the group by taking social initiatives and implementing welfare schemes.

Mrs Jatinder Kaur Chadha, the wife of erstwhile visionary chairman of the WAVE Group Mr Gurdeep Singh Chadha (popularly known as Mr Ponty Chadha), has established the foundation to bring alive the dreams of her husband.
The foundation, a part of the Group founded in 1963, is organising CSR programs, which include skills training for underprivileged rural and urban youth, primary health care, special education for differently abled children and their rehabilitation and hunger eradication.

Kulwant Singh Chadha Skill Academy

The Group is establishing the WAVE Skills Academy in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh to boost the potential of youth coming from less advantaged families by imparting training, honing them with specialized skills and helping them to get employment.

In-campus Facilities and Modules

As a part of its CSR initiative, the Group is developing WAVE Skills Academy on 6 acre land in Dasna, Ghaziabad with a capacity to train 120 to 150 trainees per training programme.

The campus will include residential accommodation, mess, kitchen, training and lecture rooms, labs and simulation rooms, administrative block, and open areas.

The academy will impart training in security services, facilities management, hospitality and real estate among others. More training modules are on anvil on the basis of requirements from different sectors.

Health Camps

The Ponty Chadha Foundation regularly organises  free diagnostic health camps for village communities, with a focus on healthy community.

The Foundation along with Dr Ram Saran Garg from Indo German Hospital has held over 40 health camps and has reached out to more than 5,200 people in the village areas of Sun City and Wave City in Noida and Ghaziabad.

Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan

The WAVE Group has established Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan for the training and rehabilitation of the differently abled children.

The Noida-based institution which operates under the banner of Ponty Chadha Foundation is the largest of its kind in Asia with more than 800 children enrolled in the school.

Its special school is dedicated to making such children self-confident and to provide them a place in the society where they are not only accepted but also respected for their special abilities.

Food Bank Initiation

The Ponty Chadha Foundation has joined hands with the India Food Banking Network (IFBN) to provide food to those below the poverty line.

The Foundation is engaged in voluntary distribution of essential food grains such as rice and wheat and high-energy biscuits and cookies to the underprivileged communities in Noida and Ghaziabad. The WAVE Group has held food collection drives in its offices and partnered with the Genesis School, Noida  to launch the Food Drive against Hunger.

The WAVE Group, country’s leading business conglomerate, has expanded to all business domains such as sugar, distilleries, paper manufacturing, real estate, malls and multiplexes, spirits, liquor retail and distribution, sports and entertainment.