Archive for March, 2017

March 30, 2017

MBCN Launches e-Cart Facility to Support Efforts of Special Children

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“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Imparting education and teaching valuable skills that help somebody become financially independent is not just a great way to support an individual or a family, but also an undeniable way to contribute towards the upliftment of our society. Needless to say, education helps a person build confidence, learn new skills, gain experience and earn a decent living.

The vocational wing of Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, Swayam is an initiative of the Ponty Chadha Foundation (PCF) that helps specially-abled children become self-dependent. On the 16th of this January, MBCN launched an e-commerce portal on its website (www.mbcnschool.org) through which people can buy beautiful handmade products crafted by these specially-abled children.

These eco-friendly products range from stationery items, paper bags and packaging boxes to baskets, wedding gifts and other household items. The students of MBCN school are trained by experts who help them create such beautiful merchandise. Many corporates and business houses have already procured gift items and packing material from these special children. The school acknowledges their efforts, and distributes proceeds from the sales among the children.

The vocational training program by PCF instills confidence in children with special needs – children who are suffering from speech impairment, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and various other mental and physical conditions. It teaches them that their determination and efforts are greater than any or all apprehensions they might have about their abilities.

To buy or browse through these elegant and attractive items handcrafted by our talented students, please visit: http://www.mbcnschool.org/shop/

Source: http://www.mbcnschool.org/blog/mbcn-launches-e-cart-facility-to-support-efforts-of-special-children/

March 20, 2017

7 ways to Empower Women

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8th March is celebrated worldwide as International Women’s Day, a day when every individual pledges to honour, respect and value the women in their lives.

However, in a gender-biased society, how do we ensure gender parity all year long? In a world where women are often misjudged for the most trivial of choices, can we really say that women are empowered at all? Probably not.

Before we talk about how to empower women, we must first know why we need to. The reason is simple and universal. Women deserve to be empowered and deserve an equal footing because they certainly aren’t the weaker sex. It is their right to get all the opportunities and benefits that have been limited to men for years.

Ways to empower women!

Empowering a woman doesn’t mean giving her riches… Empowerment begins with small yet meaningful steps that bring about a positive change. Here are some easy ways to help empower women all around.

1. Ensure women’s safety
Out in the streets, women fight an unspoken war every day. Some are assaulted, some molested, and some violated. Truth be told, there is no safe haven for women anywhere, since most of these horrific cases occur inside homes and offices. While the government does need to initiate strict laws for the safety and security of women, we too need to keep our eyes open for wrongdoers.

2. Education
An educated girl can not only live life on her own terms, she can very well change the world. As responsible citizens, it is our duty to take that first step. From that urchin girl who begs for alms to that ragpicker who lives under the bridge, every girl needs and deserves to be educated. Teach one, teach all, and open new pathways for her bright future.

3. Healthcare
Safety isn’t just fighting criminals but also creating a safe, survivable environment for women all over. Ensure a safe, holistic environment and regular health check ups.

4. Save a Girl.
We focus on women empowerment every now and then, but how will we initiate the steps mentioned above when there will be no women? Girls in many parts of the world including India are killed before birth. Reason are many, but the consequences are horrific.

5. Teach job skills
A small skill is enough for a woman to start a career. Be it gardening, sewing or craftsmanship, these efforts can help them start a small-scale business of their own. Share new ideas with them and help them learn, because empowerment begins with small initiatives.

6. Raise your voice against gender inequality
Above all, raise your voice. Stand up for every woman and help decrease the prevalent gender disparity in all the stratas of society.

7. Give her Freedom
“Don’t travel late, stay within limits.” At every step we tend to imply restrictions on women. Now is the time to change the equation.
Don’t bind them in the chains of orthodox views. Give them the freedom they deserve.
If you wish to change something, broaden your mind and see what great achievers women can become.

Empowering women starts within our families, workplaces, and neighborhoods. Appreciate those superheroes who start their day much before you and end it much later. Say thanks to your mom and that teacher who encouraged you years ago. Say thanks to your sister who inspires you at every step. Say thanks to your daughter, whose smile is enough to fill your day with happiness.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/inspiration/7-ways-to-empower-women/

March 16, 2017

Let’s Pledge to Keep Each Other Safe

Imagine a child being lured into taking a candy from a stranger with unhealthy intentions. You know the stranger looks dubious but you turn a blind eye and placate your conscience by saying that maybe the man knew the child, but leaving the fate of that child to your voice of reason is downright inappropriate. If it’s all happening in front of you, it is your duty to intervene and inform the police.

We live in a world where ensuring safety is not just the job of lawmen, but also each one of us. We must pledge to keep each other safe rather than leaving it all in the hands of the government or police. That’s the theme for this National Safety Day/Week 2017 which says ‘Keep Each Other Safe’.

Apart from real world safety and security, workplace safety is also a prime concern when it comes to industrial workers and factory labour, who work in unsafe environments and dire conditions. To safeguard the interests of this section, National Safety Council was set up on 4th March, 1966 to create, develop and sustain a voluntary movement on Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) at the national level. National Safety Day is celebrated every year throughout India to reiterate the importance of safety and create awareness throughout the country.

Key Objectives of the National Security Council

1. To make people aware of the Safety, Health and Environment issues throughout the country
2. To gain active participation from different industrial players at various levels
3. To promote a culture that involves both employers and employees in SHE activities
4. To develop need-based activities, SHE management systems and compliance with statutory requirements
5. To cover SHE sectors not included in any legal parameter
6. To remind employers of their responsibility in ensuring workplace safety

Rapid industrialization post-independence saw a rise in many industrial accidents and workplace mishaps. The chief objective of establishing NSC was to minimise harm to workers by preventing such accidents.

Organisations are also realising the importance of workplace safety and carrying out activities for awareness around the same. Training sessions, workshops, safety drives, and awareness campaigns are being carried out to sensitize employees and employers about this issue.

This National Safety Day/Week, let’s pledge to keep each other safe by creating a secure environment not just at the workplace, but outside of the workplace as well.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/inspiration/lets-pledge-to-keep-each-other-safe/