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/

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

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

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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.

Source: http://www.businesstoday.in/current/corporate/wave-group-ponty-chadha-foundation-leads-in-csr/story/227267.html

Ponty Chadha Foundation Supports MBCN’s School for Specially-Abled

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It’s been 18 years that Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (MBCN), one of India’s largest schools for specially-abled, has been enabling the ‘children with special needs’. To commemorate the achievement, the school celebrated its 18th Annual Day today.

Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan works under the aegis of The Ponty Chadha Foundation that works towards the social and economic development of the society.

On this momentous occasion, the school also launched Vaakya, a picture based app designed for people who are speech impaired, and/or affected by autism, cerebral palsy and various other mental and physical conditions. The app can be customised by the user according to their special needs and doesn’t rely on internet connectivity.  Multiple user accounts can be created by adding multiple students/patients to the application with unique actions and speech specifications as per individual users. The speech associated with actions can be recorded and played back in any language, providing greater flexibility. It is available on Google Play Store for free of cost.

The school also launched a shopping portal, integrated with its website (www.mbcnschool.org), which allows customers to buy hand-made products made by the special children of the school under their programme Swayam. The handmade products are wedding gifts, packaging items, office stationery, paper bags and other gift products which from now will be available online for sale. Continue reading