Newborn Care Week – Taking the right measures at the right time

Infant mortality has always been a concern the world over, but more so in India. In 2016, India had an 8% decline in infant mortality, which was an improvement from prior years. In 2017, a number of robust campaigns and thought-provoking advertisements have definitely aided to the cause, and have created positive ripples of hope across India for many families.

Newborn Care Week, which is in sync with this pivotal cause, is celebrated every year, with an aim to generate awareness and suggest the necessary measures to improve health of newborn babies, while boosting child survival rates.

It is extremely sad to see thousands of babies die every year due to sheer negligence or lack of knowledge. What most people don’t realise is that a newborn’s first four weeks are the most crucial.

Some of the most common causes for death among the newborn:

  • Infection
  • Lack of oxygen for the baby
  • Premature birth
  • Delivery complications
  • Birth defects

Observing Newborn Care Week is extremely important in helping curb diseases and disorders in children as well. Speech and hearing impairments are often caused due to careless handling, and irresponsibility on behalf of the parents or caretakers. The right prenatal care is essential for healthy pregnancy and for a healthy newborn.

What are some of the suggestive measures?

  • Educating expectant mothers during pregnancy
  • Basic care during pregnancy, besides nutrition counselling and supplementation of vitamins and iron
  • Institutional/Hospital deliveries to be encouraged
  • Early diagnosis of health issues in newborns and prompt referral to hospitals for the best care and treatment
  • Timely vaccinations for the newborn

Each year, MBCN advocates various important measures around Newborn Care Week, which should not be ignored or left hanging. Ambiguity gives birth to despair, and taking precaution is the way forward, that can help us create a healthier world for our newborns, who have every right to live fit, wholesome lives.

Source: Ponty Chadha

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Our Children Light The Way To A Hopeful Tomorrow

Our Children Light The Way To A Hopeful Tomorrow

Children are our most valuable resources, and if there is any hope left for the world to truly become a better place, then it is with these little bundles of joy. They remind us of love, kindness, compassion and innocence every step of the way. Children’s Day in India is celebrated with a lot of mirth and joy, and is a chance for us to encourage the little ones to grow into wonderful human beings, who can contribute to the society at large.

MBCN has always seen the bigger picture for kids with special abilities. These children have every right to receive education, seek greater opportunities, get involved in shaping the society and participate in activities, much like their peers. However, we still live in a world that can’t seem to rid itself of the stigma that revolves around disabilities. It is disheartening to see a lot of these kids, who get marginalised due to their physical and mental drawbacks, and have a harder time coping with others due to the stereotypes and inhibitions.

The eminent and highly experienced faculty & staff at MBCN strive each day to make the learning process easier, and to equip these special children with a bounty of knowledge, skills and talents that can help them break the set notions around disability.

A recent campaign, which had resounding success across the city of Noida, was #ConnectingSigns. From teaching people the Indian national anthem in sign language, to expressing special needs, our MBCN kids caused ripples of change through the robust campaign, which we hope and pray would have an everlasting impact on our community in the years to come.

Whether it’s kindness or the beauty in curiosity, children with special abilities can teach us the importance of empathy and humanity. This Children’s Day, take a few minutes and spend it with a child who has special needs, and be sure to walk away with receiving more than you could have ever given!

Source: MBCN School for Disabled, Founded by Ponty Chadha

Learning Kindness Through The Children Of Today

With the world that turns colder and harder by the minute, random acts of kindness are what we need to keep our humane spirit alive. These days, with social media gripping every nerve, we scroll through our Facebook and Twitter news feed, only to be saddened by how cruel and inconsiderate people have become. Whether it is towards other people or animals, there is a dearth of compassion and respect on all levels. With that being said, if there is a ray of hope, it is our children, who remain untouched by the brutal ways of the world. Their innocence and open hearts, willing to love and learn, are like a breath of fresh air for our society, and for the stifled environments we create for ourselves.

When we speak of humanity, it is important to stop and think twice about how we treat those who have some form of disability. Do we laugh at them, or do we reach out to them with a non-judgemental hand? Do we ignore them, or do we include them the same way we include other people? Children, with their pure minds, are free of judgements and inhibitions when it comes to loving and accepting others.

At MBCN, we take immense pride in our kids with special abilities, who set beautiful examples of what kindness means. Our teachers don’t just teach a regular school curriculum, but also teach values and the importance of being a good, kind human being to the children, who soak up these attributes like sponges. These special children are a true embodiment of the larger vision we have for our society, which we hope someday will be free of racism, casteism, and narrow mindsets, giving birth to unkind behaviour.

Children are immanently kind. They don’t judge, they don’t get vicious thoughts, they don’t seek revenge, and they don’t let anger or hatred consume them. They act on instinct, without any expectations, and they love, without keeping a score. Whether it’s offering an old person a seat on the bus or helping an old lady with her grocery bags, children may be years apart in age, but they are years beyond us in wisdom and kindness.

This World Kindness Day, let’s take notes from the little ones, who have so much love and kindness to offer, and who can definitely teach us a thing or two, if not more about humanity!

The Best NGOs to Work for in Delhi

It is simple for a considerable lot of us to express our sorrow and demonstrate some worry toward the weakness that we see around. Be that as it may, it takes a large measure of boldness, diligent work, commitment and in particular a kind heart to remain for the individuals who are in require. The Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are neither a piece of an administration, nor an ordinary revenue was driven business.

NGOs working in Delhi:

Smile Foundation

The Smile Foundation was begun by a gathering of youthful corporate experts in 2002 to acquire positive changes the lives of underprivileged youngsters, their families, and groups. The foundation not just works day and night to give a sustainable life to the poor yet guarantee that they get a secured and energetic air.

The Ponty Chadha Foundation

The Foundation has been initiated by Mrs. Jatinder Kaur Chadha in Sep,14, in the memory of her late husband, the erstwhile visionary chairman of the WAVE Group; Mr. Ponty Chadha. The CSR activities currently address hunger and food security, community health, education and training, sports among children and propose to impart skills training for rural and urban disadvantaged youth.

Goonj

As the name says, Goonj. A voice, an exertion, this association works in fortifying rustic volunteerism. Their convictions and qualities would leave anyone supposing for long. Regardless of the possibility that there is the absence of sponsors in some cases, they do not have an aim to do incredible endeavors. They concentrate on re-utilizing the materials.

Helpage India

Ever thought how we used to hold the hands of our older folks to stroll down the lanes. In any case, lamentably, there are a couple of who have left those hands for their narrow-minded reasons, leaving the older folks, the seniors behind, when they hunger for help, love, and care.
CARE India

We hear and read a considerable measure about ladies strengthening in faces off regarding, articles, talks, and so forth; be that as it may, CARE India is one such capable association that stands high in moving in the direction of it.

CARE India has been working for more than 60 years, concentrating on closure neediness and social unfairness. To put it plainly, they do what a large number of us only think!

Deepalaya

Deepalaya, empowering confidence, holds a dream to help make a general public in light of honest to goodness rights, value, equity, trustworthiness, social affectability and a culture of administration in which all are confident. Being an ISO 9001:2008 confirmed non – government association, they are focused on taking a shot at issues influencing the urban and provincial poor, with a particular concentrate on ladies and kids.

Hover of Animal Lovers
Hover of Animal Lovers is an Animal NGO in Delhi. They give shield and actual conditions to deserted animals and enable them to recoup if experiencing any sickness. It is a standout amongst the most active beneficent associations. Animals have their method for communicating joy, torment, outrage; this foundation comprehends what is imperative for their substantial presence.

Plan India

Plan India conveys a dream in which every one of the kids comprehends their potential in societies, which regards their privilege and status. They mean to empower denied children and their families to meet their essential needs and help them to make the most of their advantages.

Source: https://medium.com/@babita.goswami/the-best-ngos-to-work-for-in-delhi-e8f2af47f81f

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