Archive for October, 2017

October 26, 2017

Paving A New Path On World Mental Health Day

One in 4 people are bound to be affected by mental health issues at some point of time in their lives. Whether the issues stem from some sort of trauma or have built up over the years, creating acceptance and awareness around mental health is extremely vital in our society.

When we speak of the corporate world, the word ‘stress’ is commonly used to describe our work and day-to-day activities. In the race to make it big, we often forget to take note of our health, and little things that contribute to our overall well-being. Taking on more work than one can, cracking under pressure, having meltdowns, and forgetting to invest time in relationships are some of the leading causes of depression and other mental illnesses, which creep up over a period of time.

The other side of mental health issues also involves people with disabilities. Certain limitations make it impossible for them to live a holistic life. At the end of the day, it is harder for people with disabilities to lead a life of normalcy. Unlike others who can vent out their frustration through several means and seek counselling, people with disabilities have it harder, and can’t express as freely, or with the same amount of impact. It is, therefore, important for society to take charge and address mental health issues for the disabled in the same light as for those who are able.

With regards to World Mental Health Day, which takes place on October 10th each year, MBCN has initiated a campaign called #WorkNotJudge. The campaign revolves around mental health at the workplace, and the importance of including people with special needs. Besides giving tips on how to cope with day-to-day pressure, the campaign opens doors for those who may wish to seek help, but don’t have a voice to do so.

Going in line with the importance of having a healthy mind, Skills Academy, which is PCF’s brainchild, does a splendid job in instilling confidence and the right amount of skill set in the underprivileged youth, who are capable of so much more than they think they are. From housekeeping to gardening and preparing a 4-course meal like professional chefs, Skills Academy not only provides skill training, but also helps build self esteem and ambition.

At the end of the day, a healthy mind is as important as a healthy body. The road to overcome mental health issues may seem never ending, but with a little effort and love, we can make all the difference in the lives of those who find it difficult to catch the light at the end of the tunnel.

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October 24, 2017

MBCN Kids: Making Noise Through Sign Language

MBCN Kids: Making Noise Through Sign Language

Communication of all kinds is necessary, and needs to be addressed on all levels. Over the last few weeks, MBCN has turned the wave for the deaf community by spreading awareness about the significance of sign language across Noida and beyond, through their Connecting Signs campaign. The resounding success of this powerful initiative has broken certain taboos and apprehensions that exist even today.

Needless to say, sign language helps us bridge the gap between those who have the ability to hear and those who don’t. By using different hand gestures and signs, the MBCN kids with special needs have imparted a rare gift of knowledge to the community at large. Here’s how!

Connecting Signs started off with a poignant video showcasing the Indian national anthem in sign language, performed by the MBCN kids. The beautiful expressions brought the song to life for all, and created ripples of heartfelt emotions on a large scale. Currently, the video has crossed two million views on Facebook. Haven’t seen it till now? Watch it here:

Besides the deeply felt video, the children at MBCN took the bull by the horns and visited several renowned institutions, schools and corporates all over Noida, where they taught sign language to eager audiences. The various people who were a witness to this ongoing campaign were enthralled to gain such keen insights into the lives of those who cannot hear or speak.

From well-known banks such as ICICI, Yes Bank and HDFC, to Domino’s Pizza, Jaypee Hospital, Wave corporate office & mall, Oracle, Genesis Global School, police station and fire station – the MBCN kids left no stone unturned in educating the masses on emergency signs, medical help and self introduction in sign language. You can catch the different videos here:

How would you get to know if a deaf person needs a glass of water? Or if he/she needs medical help? Connecting Signs has not just showcased sign language as a necessary skill for all, but has also raised the awareness bar to a completely different level. It has not just opened our eyes to a whole new world, but has also made us realise that the deaf and dumb need to be included in every way, as they too have immense talent and capabilities, that can make an immense difference to the small world we live in.

Connecting Signs has been a success for MBCN in every way possible, and has gone to great lengths to ensure quality life for people with hearing and speech impairment. But more than being a successful campaign, it has been a step in the right direction for our society as a whole. Connecting Signs has facilitated a wider channel of communication, which creates better understanding and acceptance of those who need our help and care.

October 17, 2017

All About Youth: Towards a Skillful India

All About Youth: Towards a Skilful India“Arise, awake, and stop not until the goal is reached.” – Swami Vivekananda

Since 1985, India has been celebrating National Youth Day or Yuva Day on January 12, the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda – social reformer, philosopher and thinker. The objective behind it was to impart the philosophy and ideals of Swami Vivekananda to our students in particular, and the youth in general. Various activities like processions, speeches, conventions, presentations, seminars and competitions are planned for the day to encourage and inspire the youth to embark on a journey towards the development of a skillful country.

It was predicted that India will become the world’s youngest country by 2020, with 64 per cent of its population in the working age group of 15-64. To boost the potential of youths coming from less advantaged families, Sardar Kulwant Singh Chadha Skills Academy has been training and empowering them to earn a decent livelihood. At the academy, students are trained in the fields of facilities management, security services, hospitality and computer literacy, and are prepared to deal with on-the-job challenges and responsibilities via field demonstrations, classroom sessions and rigorous practical exercises.

In order to encourage competitiveness and make the environment more challenging, the academy even reaches out to train qualified young men from marginalised sections on a regular basis. As and when their training nears completion, these students are hired by various Indian companies and MNCs.

With Sardar Kulwant Singh Chadha Skills Academy by their side, many have headed towards a future of fulfillment. The ultimate challenge, however, lies in preparing a competent workforce that can adapt well to varying industry demands.

Source: Ponty Chadha Foundation