May 14, 2018

2000+ Patients Turned Out in PCF Health Camps within 3 Months

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘what are you doing for others?’” – Martin Luther King Jr.
health camp 1Inculcating this thought, The Ponty Chadha Foundation, a CSR initiative by The Wave Group is continuously working towards the betterment of the underprivileged sections of the society. In its series of social welfare drives, PCF regularly organises preventive health check camps in various villages and construction labour settlements of WAVE City and Sun City in Ghaziabad. More than 15 health camps were held during the first 3 months of 2018, in remote villages like Usman Garhi, Bamheta, Chhidoli, Bhor Garhi, Duajan, Kazipura, and various construction sites where majority of the people are deprived of even the basic medical facilities.

With the underlying objectives of providing primary curative healthcare services, creating general healthcare awareness and counselling women on reproductive and child health practices, these health camps have diagnosed and treated thousands of patients with an average of 150+ patients per camp.

health camp 2Out of the total patients treated at the camp, more than 50% were women, around 15% men and 30% children. These health camps were set up in schools, temples and other common areas of the villages.

To make sure that all the patients get first-class consultation and holistic healthcare, a team of doctors from the Indo German Hospital were appointed for these camps. Apart from the specialists, the staff also included paramedics and medical dispensing staff. The primary responsibility of the staff was to assist the doctors while performing the initial tests on the patients for hypertension, diabetes, checking pulse rate, blood pressure, weight, etc. These health check camps threw light on some common medical conditions diagnosed across the villages. These conditions included joint pain, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory system disorders, UTI, anaemia, and haemoglobin deficiency. All these patients diagnosed with various health conditions were provided with free consultations, followed by free medication.

health camp 3PCF has been extending much-needed compassion, care and basic privileges to the lesser privileged sections of the society for years. Healthcare is one of the key areas that needs a direct focus from the government as well as corporate India, if we want to uplift our nation. With these health check camps, The Ponty Chadha Foundation is doing its part in contributing to the society, and in doing so, it inspires other successful brands to do the same. It’s time we all come forward and reach out to the people who can’t get the basic amenities on their own. Because we believe that a nation is as progressive and prosperous as its citizens.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/health/2000-patients-turned-out-in-pcf-health-camps-within-3-months/

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May 10, 2018

World Laughter Day-Through the eyes of PCF

PCF Laughter dayLaughing is, and will always be, the best form of therapy.”- Audrey Hepburn

Have you ever wondered what laughing does to our body? It not only brings people together but it also stimulates healthy physical and emotional changes in our body. Sharing laughter is one of the most effective tools to develop everlasting bonds, and this is the sole reason why World Laughter Dayis observed throughout the world. People from all walks of life celebrate this day with full vigor and enthusiasm. After all, who doesn’t want to be happy!

We, at The Ponty Chadha Foundation firmly believe that spreading happiness and laughter is just a tiny step that makes a huge difference.

Since we feel so passionately about spreading happiness in our society, we have taken many initiatives to spread waves of mirth and joy all around.

1. Fun-filled therapies for kids with special needs

laughter 1At MBCN, we believe in the happiness of our children and to achieve this, our teachers are always up to go an extra mile in creating an environment, which brims with positivity and laughter. How do we do this? We spread joy through our fun-filled therapies for our kids with special needs.

2. Joy of giving: food/health drink distribution

laughter 4We also believe that the joy of giving is the greatest joy indeed.To contribute to this, we often carry out food/health drink distribution. The mere sight of people’s laughter after getting one glass of some sweet, refreshing drink brings smiles on our faces, and at the end of the day, the glass is always HALF- FULL of happiness.

 3. Regular health camps in the rural sections 

laughter 2Conducting health camps are also an essential part of The Ponty Chadha Foundation. With the support of our esteemed team of doctors, we organise regular health camps in the rural sections of Delhi/NCR, including our workers at Wave city. In this way, we our doing our bit to uplift the needy and contribute to their happiness.

4. Skills and experience to the underprivileged youth

laughter 3The Sardar Kulwant Singh Chadha Skills Academy, since its inception has strived to impart appropriate skills and experience to the underprivileged youth in our country. It has not only helped them become independent, but has also supported them and their families to lead better and happier lives.

A smile is an instant gratification for all the efforts that we put in our endeavours. It’s like fuel that facilitates our ongoing journey for a happy society & we have no intentions of putting a halt to this beautiful journey.

We hope that after you finishing reading this, laughter and joy finds a way into your life. Happy world laughter day!

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/inspiration/world-laughter-day-through-the-eyes-of-pcf/

May 9, 2018

10 Things to Know About Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder is basically a wide range of behavioral and developmental disorders that results from a combination of certain traits. The autism spectrum disorder will range from low functioning autism to high functioning autism to normal behavior and to possibly hyper socialization.

An autism spectrum disorder is considered to be a persuasive developmental disorder, which basically means that it interferes with a child’s normal developmental abilities such as communication and speech. Autism spectrum disorders are not specific developmental disorders such as dyslexia. It is important to note that many people who have this disorder usually end up living in dire poverty.

Listed below are 10 things to know about Autism Spectrum Disorder.

  1. At early stages, a child can start to demonstrate the three key signs of autism; impeded social interaction, communication challenges, and tedious behavior.
  2. Young girl who have autistic symptoms might experience the ill effects of Rett Syndrome. The disorder influences commonly females. Development is common up to 6 to 18 months, when motor milestones and language are lost.
  3. Researchers and parents debates on whether autism should be considered as a disability or rather be considered as a personal sort of trait.

4, Though kids with a autism have many issues such as eating and constipation, (for example, repetitive eating), they normally do not have a higher occurrence of gastrointestinal issues than other kids.

  1. Research reveals that having an elderly father increases a child’s danger of autism. Kids who are born to men over 40 years old are just about six times more prone to have an autism issue than those who are born to men more youthful men (30 years of age). The maternal age appears to have little impact on the autism risk
  2. Researchers have discovered that the region of the brain which is known as the amygdala was about large 13% bigger in kids with autism as contrasted to the kids without it.
  3. Autism is more prone than childhood diabetes, cancer and AIDS combined
  4. Ecological factors that could trigger the predisposed genes to undergo mutation and lead to autism are many and could incorporate certain medications, chemicals, heavy exposure to metals, anti-infection agents, prolong TV viewing, fire retardant, or diseases amid pregnancy.
  5. Autism Spectrum Disorders is approximately 5 times more typical among boy child (1 of every 42) than among girl child (1 of every 189). They are additionally reported in all ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups.
  6. Many researchers believe that autism is a mix of genetic vulnerability that is activated by some sort of social or poisonous influence.

Source: http://www.articles.studio9xb.com/Articles-of-2018/10-things-know-about-autism-spectrum-disorder

April 23, 2018

Specially-abled Friendly Heritage Sites – Because It’s Their Heritage Too!

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World Heritage is the shared wealth of humankind. It brings a sense of unity amongst people as it does not belong to a specific group, caste or community. It belongs to everyone, which includes specially-abled people too. While we talk about providing equality to specially-abled people in every aspect of life, academic or corporate, we often forget about them when it comes to providing access to heritage sites. Some heritage sites, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites, do not have braille signage, while others do not have basic facilities like wheelchair ramps and toilets for specially-abled tourists.

In an unprecedented move by the Indian government, under the initiative “Accessible India” Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has been asked to audit more than 100 sites across the country. This audit aims to gauge the kind of facilities needed to make those sites accessible to specially-abled people. Though the process will take some time to finish, the groundwork has started at some famous monuments like Taj Mahal, Hampi and Akshardham.

As the world celebrates World Heritage Day on April 12, let’s recognize the 5 heritage sites in Delhi-NCR that are completely or partially accessible to people with special abilities:

1. Qutub Minar – A UNESCO declared World Heritage Site, Qutub Minar is world’s tallest brick minaret with a height of 72.5 metres. An exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture, it attracts more than 3.9 million tourists every year. It is completely accessible to specially-abled tourists as it has ramps and public toilets for people with differences of all levels.

2. The Red Fort – Built by the great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, this timeless piece of architecture is located right in the heart of Old Delhi. This fort attracts tourists from all over the world. The Red Fort is completely accessible to specially-abled tourists as it is equipped with ramps, and accessible toilets.

3. Humayun’s Tomb – Built in 1570, this ancient tomb was the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent. It is located on Mathura Road, Delhi, which is near the famous tomb of Nizamuddin Auliya.

4.  Akshardham Temple – An architectural marvel, this temple attracts approximately 70 percent of all tourists who visit Delhi. It is situated on the banks of the Yamuna river, which are adjacent to the Commonwealth Games Village. Apart from its world-class structure, Akshardham Temple also boasts of an IMAX feature show, a musical fountain, and large landscaped gardens. This temple is partially accessible to specially-abled tourists.

5. Jantar Mantar – One of the world’s oldest astronomical observatories, the Jantar Mantar was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. It is a remarkable structure which consists of fourteen geometric devices used for measuring time, forecasting weather changes, predicting behaviour of planets and finding extra-terrestrial altitude. Jantar Mantar is partially accessible to the specially-abled tourists.

It is quite a welcome move from the Indian government who is finally working on the lines of empowering the specially-abled tourists. Other state governments must take inspiration from these heritage sites which are setting a great example for all.

It’s time that we make “Accessible Heritage” a major part of the “Accessible India” campaign and help our specially-abled citizen, who too have an equal right to cherish the beauty of our history and rich heritage.

Source: Specially-abled Friendly Heritage Sites – Because It’s Their Heritage Too!

 

April 23, 2018

Unemployment on the Rise in India: The Problem, Causes, and Solutions

India recently reclaimed the tag of “world’s fastest growing economy” from China. With a GDP growth rate of 7.2% in 3rd quarter of FY 2017, India has surpassed every other developing or developed economy by a huge margin. Though it sends a positive message throughout the economy, there is one index on which India’s performance is continuously worsening; that is unemployment. India’s rate of employment has declined steeply, and job creation has not been at par with working-age population.

According to a recent report from Labour Bureau, an attached office under Ministry of Labour and Employment, India has the largest unemployed population in the world. In the inclusive growth index, we are at number 60, far behind our neighbours. (Source: Outlook) 
65% of the Indian population has an average age of less than 35 years. Such a large young population could be our strength if put to employment, which is unfortunately not the case. The unemployment rate in India hit its highest level in March at 6.23%, according to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), an independent think-tank. Clearly, the situation is quite distressing.
While we are discussing the declining employment rates, it is also imperative that we discuss its underlying causes as well.

Here are some major factors that are contributing to the rising unemployment in India:
● Alarming growth rate of population
● Ever increasing income inequality
● Lack of technical qualification
● Dependency on underdeveloped agriculture sector
● Reliance on temporary jobs

Solutions, so far Indian government is making efforts to correct the alarming situation of youth unemployment. Various schemes and initiatives like Skill India, Make in India, Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMGEP), Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana, and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana are just some steps taken by government aimed at redressing the current situation. Many Indian corporate houses and conglomerates are also taking charge and doing their bit to team up with these government initiatives and salvage the problem of unemployment in India.

Sardar Kulwant Singh Chadha Skills Academy – a Wave group initiative

Big corporate houses like The Wave Group are planning their CSR activities with a motive to engage youth in skill development activities and train them in employable skills. The Ponty Chadha Foundation has set up Sardar Kulwant Singh Chadha Academy, a world-class skills development academy. Located in Ghaziabad, this institute has a capacity of 120 to 150 students per programme. Keeping in mind the current demand of market, this academy imparts training in security services, facilities management, firefighting and real estate.

Clearly, the only solution to fight unemployment is that government works towards creating jobs and corporates lend a helping hand in training the workforce.

Also, while skill development is crucial, these initiatives should be supplemented by more comprehensive programmes and favourable policies that target the most vulnerable and disadvantaged youth.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/employment/unemployment-on-the-rise-in-india-the-problem-causes-and-solutions/

April 12, 2018

World Health Day – Moving Towards a Healthier and Happier World

world health dayUniversal healthcare is not an issue, it is the ONLY issue, that needs the most attention! WHO understood this fact way back in 1948 when they held the First World Health Assembly. It was this assembly, when 7th April of each year was celebrated as World Health Day. Every year, WHO organizes international, regional and local events on the day related to a particular theme, which is put forward to address the current issues and concerns related to world health. This year’s theme is Universal Health Coverage, which encourages various countries and organisations to make healthcare and basic facilities accessible to everyone, regardless of how rich or poor they may be.
Ponty Chadha Foundation’s ideology resonates with the theme of this year’s World Health Day and it is diligently doing its part in achieving universal health coverage for all. It organises various free health check-up camps for underprivileged people and distributes free medicine. While organisations like WHO and Ponty Chadha Foundation are doing their part for the greater purpose of universal healthcare, it can only be attained with an active participation from everyone.

Here’s how you can help in realising the dream of universal healthcare coverage:

1. Become an aware and responsible citizen
As a responsible citizen, you must be aware of everything your policymakers are up to, especially when it comes to health-related laws and policies. Communicate your needs, opinions, and expectations to local policy-makers, politicians, ministers and other people representatives.

2. Connect with local NGOs/NPOs, SHG, etc. working for the cause
The world is full of people and organisations who are working towards finding a solution for bigger health related issues. All you need to do, is make a little effort in finding and connecting with them. Help them in their efforts and make all the right noise to ensure that your community health is taken into account and addressed.

3. Volunteer
Universal healthcare inclusion is too important a job to be left only for the government. We all must do our part to make this possible. As an individual contributor, you can volunteer at a local health check camp, organise a blood donation camp or even donate a small proportion of your earning to the people who are working towards the same.

4. Engage & encourage others
Engage your neighbours, friends and community members by organising activities like discussion forums, school lectures, debates, marches, concerts, etc. to provide people with an opportunity to make their concerns heard by their chosen representatives. You can also use various social media channels and engage with likeminded people.
Universal healthcare coverage is a mission which ensures that all people get quality health services without any financial hardships. This mission can never be fulfilled until and unless we all understand and bear our responsibility towards the under-privileged sections of society. This World Health Day, let us all take a sincere pledge to do everything in our capacity to make sure that no human remains unhealed, and no soul remains unloved.

Source: Ponty Chadha Website

April 11, 2018

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace – Celebrating the Contribution of Sports to Our Lives

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

Sports is a universal language that transcends every border, real or imaginary. People across nations, religion, cultures and belief systems have joined hands time and again in the name of sports. To celebrate this international phenomenon of people coming together for sports and its contribution in shaping our society, the General Assembly of United Nations has declared 6th April of every year as International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The date 6th April was chosen to commemorate the inauguration of the first Olympic games of modern era, in 1896, in Athens (Greece).

Sports has played an important role in everyone’s life, be it in the form of a competitive sport, physical activity or recreational play. Children learn to function in competition for the first time while participating in sports, and adults learn to put their differences aside while playing or watching sports. Sports is a great educator, and this is the sole reason it has grown to be an integral part of our society.

Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, a school for special children, understands the importance of sports in the physical development of its students and its ultimate role in educating the society. Keeping this in mind, MBCN has designed its curriculum in such a way that there is equal focus on academics as well as sports. MBCN encourages and empowers its students who show an interest in sports. It provides in-house training for various sport related activities and events. MBCN students have proven their mettle in various sports such as football, softball, cycling, badminton, etc. at national level championships. Here are MBCN’s 12 shining star sportspersons:

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of children like these, who have risen above their physical condition and achieved what they truly deserve. On this day, let us recognize the growing contribution of sports to the societal development and the empowerment of our younger generations.

 

March 27, 2018

Earth Hour: Let’s Embrace The Darkness for an Hour To Light Up The Ages

earth hourIn 2007, what started as a simple “lights-off” movement in Sydney has grown dramatically and made its way to more than 180 countries today. Over the years, Earth hour has come a long way. For the uninitiated ones, Earth Hour is an annual event which encourages people across the globe to turn off lights for one hour in their homes, offices and buildings, as a symbolic act of taking better care of this planet. The organisation behind this brilliant idea and event is World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Earth Hour 2017 saw cities with famous landmarks and monuments from around the world such as the U.N headquarters in New York, Big Ben in London, the Eiffel Tower, Sydney’s famous Opera House and others dimming their lights as a symbol of unity for this event. We expect to see the same level of zeal and enthusiasm this year as well.

When is it being celebrated?

This year it is being observed on 24 March 2018 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Why is Earth Hour important?

Today, global warming and climate change are not just words related to some scientific research paper. Both have emerged as a real threat to our planet. With the ever rising population, number of cars on the road and carbon footprints throughout the ecosystem, the initiatives like Earth Hour are exactly what we need today.

We as human beings have been affecting our ecosystem and putting ourselves as well as other species at a great risk. Though the industries are the bigger culprits in this case, and international treaties like the Paris Agreement is doing its job in putting a leash on them, we too are responsible citizens who must come forward in order to save our planet.

With Earth Hour, the WWF aims to engage people across the globe to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. Turning off lights for an hour is just a reminder of the fact that if we do not change how we consume our resources, the dark age is not very far. 2016 was recorded as the hottest year for the third year in a row, which signals towards the ever-increasing impact of global warming. Keeping this in mind, WWF is taking Earth Hour even further by encouraging people to cut on fuel, food wastage, plastic usage, etc.

How can I contribute to Earth Hour every day?

• Commute by public transport and cycle as much as possible.
• Turn off the lights and other appliances whenever not in use.
• Switch to solar energy and sustainable LED bulbs.
• Recycle paper and plastic bags as many times as possible.
• Reduce food wastage. Buy consciously.
• Talk about Earth Hour on social media and spread the importance of this message

Everything mentioned above is just a speck of the action that we all need to take if we want to pass on a healthy planet to our future generations. This Earth Hour, let us all take a pledge to do our best to make this edition an even bigger success than it has been in earlier years. It’s time to deliver the action needed to protect the planet.

Ponty Chadha Website

March 26, 2018

Raising Awareness on World Down Syndrome Day and Beyond

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Down syndrome is one of the most common chromosome abnormalities in humans, found in one out of every 1000 newborns each year. However, the society, including most of the parents of babies with Down syndrome, has so much to learn about this, especially in developing countries like India.

Keeping this in mind, World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) was first observed in 2006 in many countries around the world. Acknowledging this, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day – the 21st day of the third month; to signify the triplication of the 21st chromosome that causes Down syndrome. Here, we are trying to simplify the disorder so that everyone knows and understands the fact that children with this condition are not sick or suffering; they just have one extra chromosome.

What is Down syndrome?
To put it simply, Down syndrome (Trisomy 21) is a chromosomal abnormality where a child is born with three copies of the 21st chromosome (as shown in the picture).

When babies are being developed, they receive 23 chromosomes from their mother contained in her egg and 23 chromosomes from their father contained in his sperm, totalling 46 chromosomes. Children with Down syndrome are born with an extra 21st chromosome.

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Characteristics of children with Down syndrome:
While the effect of this disorder may differ from child to child, most of the affected ones are observed with the following physical characteristics:
● Flat facial features
● Small head and ears
● Short neck
● Bulging tongue
● Upward slanted eyes
● Atypically shaped ears
● Poor muscle tone

Children with Down syndrome usually have some degree of developmental disability, but it’s often mild to moderate. If not paid attention to, the children might show behavioural properties like:
● Impulsive behaviour
● Poor judgment
● Short attention span
● Slow learning capabilities

How to raise a kid with Down syndrome:
First thing a parent should do is learn as much as possible about the condition. After that, one can look for help at other support groups, talk to therapists and get in contact with other parents who have already been through this. Apart from this, here are few things that might help such parents:
● Give your child chores around the house. Just break them up into small steps and be patient
● Have your child play with other kids who do and don’t have Down syndrome
● Keep your expectations high as your child tries and learns new things
● Make time to play, read, have fun, and go out together
● Avoid saying “That’s wrong” to correct mistakes. Instead, say, “Try it again”
● As you work with doctors, therapists, and teachers, focus on your child’s needs rather than on the condition
● Look at what your child is learning at school and see if you can work those lessons into your home life

While all these tips will certainly help your children in the longer run, one thing they need the most from you is love. Kids with Down syndrome need and deserve as much love as other kids.

Contributing towards making the society more understanding towards children with special needs like in the case of Down syndrome, The Ponty Chadha Foundation runs Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, a school for specially-abled kids. MBCN makes sure that these children get a holistic learning experience and a supportive environment, empowering them to achieve maximum independence while defeating their conditions.

On this World Down Syndrome Day, let us all take a pledge to create a society that is more supportive and loving towards the children with special needs.

March 20, 2018

Tang Distribution Drives by PCF this February

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There’s no joy like the joy of giving, as a nation we have fared well in terms of progress, basic issues like hunger remain constant. In a quest to bring in equity at a grassroot level, PCF takes immense pride to carry out food and beverage distribution drives on a regular basis. Mostly held in the Delhi/NCR region, these distribution camps cater to the marginalized sections of the society. Our belief is to make a positive impact through spreading the basic human happiness through something as necessary, and thus mostly overlooked, as food.

Under our food distribution camps, this month saw five Tang distribution drives across the Delhi/NCR region. We went to several schools in places like Raghunathpur, Dinanathpur, Dasna, Bamheta, Bayana etc. and served the children with refreshing glasses of Tang.

The joy and warmth were experienced by a total of about 3000 children. It was a matter of immense pride to us to have catered to these kids and spread the smiles as can be seen in the images.

Apart from these, in February this year, we organized two health drink distribution camps at the villages of Yasin Garhi and Masuri in Ghaziabad. he delicious and nutritious doses were served to a sum of over 1500 children.

However small in scale, it’s a step that’s much-needed in our nation to keep each and every citizen well-fed. Food and nutrition are definitely the need of the hour and with all of us standing together, in the aid of those who can’t fend for themselves, we’ll surely overcome it one day. We’re already headed that way, are you with us?

Source: Ponty Chadha Website