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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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.

 

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/

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/

How to get your kids to open up about school

Parenting is easier said than done. Ask parents of an infant, and they might tell you about the sleepless nights they have to endure. Ask parents of toddlers and they will tell you about being on their toes 24×7. Ask parents of teens, and they will tell you a hundred more things they have to worry about regarding their child’s future. No matter what age, sometimes it’s impossible for parents to get their children to talk. This situation is the most distressing part of parenting, where you sense something is wrong, but can’t put your finger on it. Children have a way of shutting themselves out and just zone out. Therefore, it’s important for parents to be open and talk to their kids in a non-judge-mental manner. This approach helps the kids open up, feel safe and share their deepest of thoughts.

Here are a few parenting tips on how you can get your kids to open up about school

1. Don’t become an interrogator the moment your child comes back from school

No matter how strong the urge to know about your kid’s day at school may be, refrain from throwing a volley of questions at them. Instead, just say ‘Hi! Welcome home! I’d love to hear about your day whenever you feel like talking’. This shows the child that you are there for them whenever they need you. Also, it puts the pressure off the kid to give a detailed account of what happened at school.

2. If the child looks bothered, ask more open-ended questions.

Rather than simply asking “How was school today?” and getting a close-ended answer like “Fine” or “I don’t know”, try this!

– “What did you work on in your art class today?”
– “What do the kids actually do during recess?”
– “Did anyone get in trouble or do anything funny today?”
– “What was the worst thing about today and what was the best?”

But remember, don’t push too hard. Be patient and give your child some time to ponder and get back to you.

3. Resist the need to become a problem-solver.

When your child finally decides to talk, don’t overreact and jump to offer solutions. Instead just listen reassuringly without being judge-mental. Make them feel understood, and show them you know how it feels being in their shoes.

Follow these simple techniques and you’ll be making some success in getting your kid to open up and communicate with you constructively.

Source http://www.mbcnschool.org/blog/how-to-get-your-kids-to-open-up-about-school/

Health Camp – Ponty Chadha Foundation

As a socially responsible organisation, with the aim to meet the needs of the backward section of the society, the Ponty Chadha Foundation, popularly known as PCF, organizes free health camps every month in the villages of Noida and Ghaziabad. These camps are dedicated towards ensuring the health of the people living there.

This month again, two health camps were organised. One in the village of WAVE City and the second one in the village named Ikla, Rajapur in the district Ghaziabad, to provide medical care to poor patients, who otherwise are not able to afford the high treatment cost. Both these camps witnessed a massive overflow of patients, with a total resulting in 158 in WAVE City and 145 in Ikla.  A separate counter for registration was installed at the entrance of the camp, where every person who wished to get treated had to get themselves registered by providing their basic information.

The occupation in both these villages were agriculture and the major health problem being faced were skin issues and a flowing ear. The patients went through a thorough examination and were provided with medicines as per their problem. All expenses incurred during the health camp were paid off by the foundation.

Two doctors were present to aid the patients, with one of them being Dr. Ram Saran Garg who is from an Indo-German Hospital. He has been helping us to treat a lot of patients for quite sometime now and together we have been able to create many success stories.

Manjir Ghosh, the head of PCF said that the basic aim to run health camps was to create awareness among the poor population who due to lack of medical care are subjected to various diseases. These camps make sure that they get proper medical treatment and are saved from life taking ailments.

Health is of utmost importance and ought to be given the very first priority, but in a country like India where almost 70% population live in the rural areas, a proper medical treatment cannot be availed easily. Hence, we at PCF are doing our bit, and we urge you too to take a step today, for there are millions out there waiting for your help.

Let’s together make the world a better place to live in!

Ponty Chadha Foundation sets up food banks in Noida, Ghaziabad

Ponty Chadha Foundation, an initiative working on the philosophy of general welfare, on November 20 announced its alliance with India Food Banking Network (IFBN), to provide essential food grains to the needy in Noida and Ghaziabad.

The Foundation has established a Food Bank in Ghaziabad that will help in moving food from donors to the people who need it while engaging with the society through a channel of NGOs.

The Foundation led by Jatinder Kaur Chadha, wife of Late Ponty Singh Chadha, will not only provide food for the needy but will also build public awareness to curb hunger and malnutrition in the region.

Along with India Food Banking Network, a non-profit organization which provides food to millions of people each year with help and support from all sectors of the society, Ponty Chadha Foundation will work towards fighting the prevalent global food crisis through this initiative.

Vandana Singh, CEO, Indian FoodBanking Network (IFBN), Bhure Lal, Chairman, Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPPCA), Sam Pitroda, Chairman, (IFBN), Rajinder Chadha, Manpreet Singh Chadha and Jatinder Kaur Chadha from The Ponty Chadha Foundation launched the FoodBank at Genesis Global School, Noida on November 20th.

Speaking on the occasion, Sam Pitroda, Chairperson, India Food Banking Network said, “There are 220 million hungry people in India and we have surplus of food which goes waste every day, we just don’t have the logistics in the right place to deliver the food. We cannot grow 8-10 per cent a year with people going hungry, we just can’t let that happen. There are large number of migrants working in Noida and Ghaziabad developing its infrastructure but several of them do not get proper meals. China has set a great example in eradicating hunger and poverty, we can also replicate the same. We will soon be launching Foodbanks in Mumbai, Bangalore, Baroda and Jaipur. We appreciate Manpreet Chadha for his support and leadership qualities in running the Ghaziabad and Noida FoodBank.”

Manpreet Chadha, said, “As esteemed partners of the Indian Food Banking Network, our appeal is twofold, to organizations in Noida, Ghaziabad, and across India to come forth, and share food grains and other infrastructure. We also request charitable organizations, schools, orphanages and other relief initiatives to inform us where we can extend a helping hand to mitigate hunger.”

The foundation has been instrumental in organizing free diagnostic and medicine distribution camp in association with Indo German Hospital to provide imperative amenities to the children in the district of Ghaziabad.

News Source: http://www.news18.com/news/india/ponty-chadha-foundation-sets-up-food-banks-in-noida-ghaziabad-652029.html