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March 19, 2018

Make Room for Kindness, Compassion & Goodwill this World NGO Day


27th February, a day to celebrate & commemorate charitable acts done by NGOs around the world! Declared in 2010 by the 12-member countries of the IX Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea as the World NGO Day, it’s a day of honoring the spirit of philanthropy.

A number of Indians have put on the philanthropic hats and gone out of their ways to bring in positive changes to the country. Be it in education, healthcare, gender rights or wealth gap, it is through the charitable steps taken by these personalities that make the world a better place. Labelled as the ‘Most Generous Man’ several times by multiple organizations, Azim Premji, Chairman of Wipro Limited, has been known to have donated about half of stake-holding in Wipro to charity work. Subhash Chandra, Chairman of Essel Group, has contributed as much as Rs.5,000 crore for philanthropy. Similarly, there are multiple NGOs that have achieved a distinctive spot in philanthropy.

Any individual, irrespective of class, can take up philanthropic work. All it takes is the will and the spirit to make peace, equity and justice the status quo. There are plenty of ways you can make use of your time for charitable undertakings. You can always join any NGO that is working in the sector that you want to contribute to. If you wish to start a philanthropic venture on your own, there are numerous ways that can be approached too. Given the right guidance and mentorship, you can form your own organization. All you’ll need is a group of like-minded people who are willing to make a change.

When it comes to dealing with disability, youth empowerment, healthcare and hunger, Ponty Chadha Foundation too is trying to contribute to the nation. With our Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, we have embarked on a mission to gift a life of self-sufficiency and dignity to the differently-abled. Our Kulwant Singh Chadha Skills Academy plays a crucial part in empowering the youth of our nation and enabling them to support themselves. In the similar way, the regular health camps and food distribution drives strive to usher in accessible care to the marginalized.

We are all capable of making a change that turns the world into a happier place. Let’s pledge to start on our own this World NGO Day and give peace and equality another chance.

March 16, 2018

Zero Discrimination Day: Doing More than Just Spreading a Message

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March 1 of every year is observed as Zero Discrimination Day round the globe to celebrate and promote equal rights of people with different nationalities, castes, genders, religions, beliefs, races etc. It was first celebrated on March 1, 2014, particularly observed by UNAIDS, a UN organization that fights discrimination against people living with AIDS. It was, later on, observed as a day to unite people against every other kind of discrimination to strengthen the sentiment that everybody counts.

It is quite unfortunate that even in India, whose independence war started as a battle against the extremely racist British regime, discrimination and prejudice are still quite common and prevalent. Such unfair and ill-founded is this discrimination that it does not let even the differently-abled people live with dignity. Discrimination is not just denying a specific right to someone but an action as common as giving a lingering look to tourists, colored people, people on wheelchair, and the list goes on. It is making them feel that they are incomplete in some way.

In such a situation, what we need is an initiative that not only stands against the issue but empowers the concerned people as well. That is exactly the motto of The Ponty Chadha Foundation (PCF). The organization, through Kulwant Singh Chadha Skills Academy, provides equal learning opportunities to the underprivileged Indian youth, no matter what their caste, religion or background is. So far, thousands of young people have been employed and are making the most of their lives. The academy maintains a commendable teacher-student ratio of 1:30 so that each student gets equal and ample attention of the teachers and trainers. The curriculum encompasses almost every employability skills ranging from soft skills training to computer literacy.

PCF is also dedicated towards making quality healthcare accessible to the needy through its regular free diagnostic health camps for village communities. Thousands of patients who are underprivileged have benefitted from these camps, which certainly encourage us to do more and better for them.

The Ponty Chadha Foundation’s another applaudable initiative, Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (MBCN), is a charitable school for children with special needs and abilities. The idea behind MBCN is not only to educate, but also make these children ready for the competitive world and give them a chance to claim all they deserve.

PCF also firmly believes in food security for every human being. Keeping this idea as the founding stone, the organization has partnered with the India Food Banking Network (IFBN) to organize involuntary food distribution drives to donate essential food grains such as rice and wheat and high energy biscuits and cookies to the underprivileged communities in Noida and Ghaziabad.

The Ponty Chadha Foundation is just one step in the right direction. We, as a nation and society, must come together to eradicate discrimination of all types, from all lives. This Zero Discrimination Day, let us all take a pledge to treat everyone equally and respect unconditionally.

February 21, 2018

Let there be light this International Book Giving Day


“You cannot open a book without learning something.” – Confucius

Eating, shopping, exercising and what not, times have changed the ways we do most of our daily activities. The role of books in our lives remains undiminished, nevertheless. A trustworthy guide and a fun companion, books can play a myriad of parts in an individual’s life. Besides building minds, they are the shapers of the society.

In order to make sure that no child is deprived of the nourishment of reading, 14th February is celebrated worldwide as the International Book Giving Day. The aim was to have the written word reach out to even those who are not fortunate enough to access them. A symbolic day, it’s a great occasion to promote the necessity of books in one’s life.

Although it’s celebrated just one day, the season of books lasts all year long. With the right amount of push and encouragement, the healthy habit of reading can be garnered in a child. Most of us consider textbooks as the only books apt for children. The fact, however, is that the more one reads, the more one learns and grows.

When it comes to inculcating the enthusiasm for books in children, some of us get bogged down by their fleeting attention spans. The code is to not force a book on a child. From what theory and practice have taught us, children learn faster when they are constantly exposed to something. The idea is to raise children in a space surrounded by books. Plus, the more they see their parents or grown ups read, the more their intrigue will be piqued. The key, therefore, is to lead by example and steady exposure to books.

Another important aspect of the day lies in advocating the access to books. In our country, a child who has never got to lay his/her hands on a book isn’t a rarity. The spirit of International Book Giving Day is incomplete without attempting to make books universal. Therefore, let’s participate in this grand cause with full enthusiasm and make someone’s life rich with books and learning.

February 15, 2018

5 heartwarming stories from 2017 that restored our faith in humanity

With all the chaos in the world, we are constantly in search of some respite. 2018 has been a promising year so far. And while we gear up for what’s to come ahead, let’s have a throwback to 2017 and the moments that stirred our hearts and souls, reinstating our faith in humanity.

1. Woman raised over 1 crore for a homeless man who helped her

A young woman from New Jersey ran out of gas in Philadelphia when she was on her way home. The panicked woman lost all hope, but got a helping hand from a homeless man who brought her some gas with the last $20 he had. In return, the woman raised more than $160,000 (more than Rs 1 crore) to help the man, named Johnny Bobbitt Jr. Kate McClure.

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2. Rs. 25 lakhs raised for a cancer patient whose treatment had been stopped

A 25-year-old boy’s treatment had been terminated as he did not have the required amount for the same – Rs. 25 lakhs. However, he penned a heartwarming and emotional letter online along with the link of a fundraiser for his treatment, and the entire amount was donated by Netizens — in just 1 day!

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3. Girl who underwent a liver transplant surgery to save her father’s life

Pooja Bijarnia set an example for every child across India and beyond, as she donated her liver to her father, who had to get his liver transplanted. With over 14,000 shares on Dr. Rachit Bhushan’s Facebook post narrating Pooja’s story, the world was touched and awed by her selfless act.

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4. When Sikhs served Rooh Afza to fasting Muslims in Peshawar

Co-existence of religious communities has always been a struggle for us. But a touching post from Pakistan went viral, showing how the members of the Sikh community distributed snacks and refreshments to Muslims, who were fasting. An FB user shared pictures online, which read with the caption, “This is the true face of my Pakistan”.

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5. Scored 88% in CBSE Boards despite his disability

Even though he has 90% disability and is unable to use his limbs, the 17-year-old Tuhin Dey from West Midnapore district of West Bengal scored 88% in his Class X board exams. He wrote his exams by holding a pen in his mouth.

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Feel inspired and ready to take on the world? If these stories are not miracles in themselves, then we’re not sure what is! We hope that 2018 holds more promise, gratitude, love and selflessness that can help us be more humane.


January 30, 2018

How the youth are helping India grow into a superpower

A country is as strong as its people, and India’s youth play a pivotal role in shaping our today as well as tomorrow. In fact, the youth are not just an important resource of knowledge building and wealth, but are also responsible for bringing about social changes and progress.

The way we shape the future generations is how we ultimately shape our coming years. The youth are like fresh clay, and can be moulded in any way. From giving the right education to laying a solid foundation based on moral values and ethics, it is essential that we create the right building blocks in order to empower our youth and lead them on the right path to success and enlightenment.

If you look back in time and dig deep into the historical archives of India, you will see that our youth of yesteryears actively participated in the struggle for freedom and served the nation with their courage, bravery and fervor. Today, we may not be struggling for our freedom, but we do have a long way to go in establishing ourselves as a progressive country that goes beyond the ‘third world’ bracket.

Taking this important cue, The Skills Academy, which is an initiative by The Ponty Chadha Foundation has strived to harness the inherent skills and talent in our youth, who belong to the underprivileged sections of society. The sole aim and overarching vision of The Skills Academy is to bridge the gap between the poor and rich, and to build a society that thrives on equal opportunities and rights.

From teaching the youth on how to be efficient security guards to understanding what it takes to ace housekeeping, The Skills Academy does not only equip the students with the required expertise that can help them earn, but also gives them a way of life that can be sustained and improved in times to come.

In today’s day and age, the youth require a wide access to information and opportune moments that can help them thrive. When the youth understand the importance of empowerment, they automatically uplift the society and become the forerunners for positive change. Let us, hence, take a pledge to pave brighter, positive ways for our youth and help India prosper the right way!


January 16, 2018

New Year resolutions to make India a better place to live

2018 is not just a new year, but an opportunity for new beginnings, new ventures and new goals. With each passing year, The Ponty Chadha Foundation grows in its vision and dreams, and 2018 is no exception to this. It’s time for us to build greater bridges, and take humanity to a whole new level with fresh resolutions to enrich the lives of those around us.

When we speak of India on a global level, it is a country admired for its hospitality and cultural diversity. However, there are a few things that we still need to alter.

At The Ponty Chadha Foundation, we have a list of resolutions for 2018 that can help carve a brighter year ahead.

Resolution # 1

Stop littering. Everywhere you go, people either spit on the roads or throw their waste in public spaces. As a government-run initiative, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has definitely helped our environment, but we still have a long way to go in developing an inherent interest for clean and green surroundings.

Resolution # 2

More empathy and compassion towards the needy. As Indians, we lay a lot of importance on values and morals, but when it comes to day-to-day human interaction, we lack a great deal. Touching our elders’ feet is great, but do we show the same respect by offering our seat to a senior citizen on the metro?

Resolution # 3

Greater tolerance and respect. Log into Facebook, or scroll down your Twitter feed. The one thing that jumps right out is our lack of tolerance. We get offended by every little thing, and are ready to fight just for the sake of fighting and proving an irrelevant point. Let’s have more respect, and let’s be less petty in 2018.

Resolution # 4

Helping Each Other. This may seem like a simple resolution, but it is the need of the hour! If someone is getting harassed or is stranded in the middle of the road, very few of us stop to help. It’s high time we watched each other’s backs and gave more than we expect to receive.

Resolution # 5

Change the way we look at women. Women empowerment as a term has been done to death. But as a country, and as citizens, do we abide by it and live it each day of our lives? Women are still considered to be the weaker sex, and are not considered equal to men. Let’s change the way we view women. Let’s build a society based on equal rights and equal opportunities.

At the end of the day, it is important to be more human, and less materialistic. We hope that 2018 is a bright and fruitful year for all of you!


January 10, 2018

A throwback to 2017 at The Ponty Chadha Foundation

From raising awareness around disability, to creating countless ripples of 1change for the underprivileged, The Ponty Chadha Foundation has achieved many milestones in 2017.

Empowered and self-sustaining, the resources at the PCF are shared equally, while individuals from all walks of life are made to realise their full potential, which in turn empowers them to actively participate in improving the society and overall development for mankind.

The major achievements in 2017

Health Camps

The Ponty Chadha Foundation has led 51 successful health camps in rural areas of Ghaziabad and Noida.

Food Distribution

There were 3 major food distribution camps, which were conducted in rural areas around Delhi/NCR.

Vaakya App- 2017

MBCN, an initiative of The Ponty Chadha Foundation, launched a picture-based mobile application in 2017, which was designed to help speech impaired and differently-abled children in learning through augmentative and alternative communication. The app has been named as ‘Vaakya’ , and it is immensely helpful for people who are speech impaired, affected by autism, cerebral palsy and various other mental and physical conditions.
Swayam goes online!

When it comes to building necessary skill set and harnessing talent, our MBCN teachers and staff deserve a resounding applause. The extremely talented kids at MBCN get opportunities to showcase and sell their handicrafts on the exclusive e-store.

Skills Academy

2017 has been a great year for the Skills Academy, where unemployed youth are given a chance to shine with their inherent talents and skill. Besides the expanding infrastructure, Skills Academy has helped pave a bright future for the underprivileged sections of our society.

Beyond Disability

MBCN, a pivotal pillar of The Ponty Chadha Foundation, carried out a special campaign to raise awareness around disability, called #BeyondDisability. The various activities carried out by MBCN and its staff were exclusively featured in India’s leading newspapers and media channels, such as Hindustan Times, Amar Ujala and Navodaya Times. Besides this, a live coverage was also showcased on social media channels that gave real-time updates of the events to everyone on a global scale. Needless to say, the impact has been immense, and the change has stirred many mindsets across the nation.

Connecting Signs

Connecting Signs, an initiative by The Ponty Chadha Foundation, not just educated the masses about sign language and its importance, but also made people realise that specially-abled children, despite their disabilities, have endless amounts of talents and skills that can shape the world in a wonderful and meaningful way.


December 21, 2017

Healing the world… one campaign at a time!

Healing the world… one campaign at a time!

If there is one thing the world needs more than money, it is acceptance. Acceptance of those who can’t speak, hear, or comprehend. Shunning stereotypes around disability is the need of the hour, and as human beings, if we don’t take stock of the situation now, we are headed for utter doom and despair. There are several institutions and government-led bodies that deliberate over such issues, but India has a long way to go in making a difference that truly lasts.

With that being said, 2017 has been a pivotal year for MBCN, as it has led two distinguished campaigns revolving around World Disability Day and sign language. Both campaigns have not just highlighted the pressing issues at hand regarding disability, but have also educated the masses and raised awareness in a way that has had lasting effects.

Let’s start with #ConnectingSigns

This was an initiative by The Ponty Chadha Foundation, which not just taught the masses about sign language and its importance in society, but has also made people realise that specially-abled children, despite their disabilities, have numerous talents and skills that can shape the world in a wonderful and meaningful way.

The MBCN teachers and students went to several institutions and local eateries to share important knowledge on sign language, and taught different gestures, all of which were truly enlightening.

What really topped it all, was the Indian national anthem in sign language, which garnered 2,144,759 views on Facebook, besides reaching 9,664,507 viewers. In addition this, there were 25,000+ shares that really got the ball rolling in the right direction for the overall purpose of this campaign. In a nutshell, many hearts were touched on virtual as well as off-line platforms.


This World Disability Day, the teachers and students at MBCN were on a mission to raise awareness about differently-abled kids, as they went about spreading their messages and thoughts across 100 schools in Noida. Besides generating hope to build a greater understanding around disability, the initiative gave way to open minds and positive attitudes.

Building a child’s self-esteem and self-worth is of paramount importance, especially when it comes to children with disability. Such children have so much to offer, but our regressive ways fail to take this into consideration. According to MBCN teachers, a loving and generous attitude is not just curtailed to the school space, but must be practiced at home too.

Through the #BeyondDisability campaign, the MBCN teachers managed to reach 100,000 students, and instill the power of positivity and love in all.

Source: MBCN Website

November 21, 2017

Eco friendly products by special children of MBCN

Well we all know that in these day there is a growing trend of handmade products and gifts. And today I am going to make you familiar about one such sites. You may ask us there are several sites alike then what make this content special. Yes, this content is special because handmade products may not be the news but these products are made by the students of MBCN. Wait a minute if you are thinking that these products are special because they are made by children then you are wrong. Because they are not just made by children but made by special children. Yes you heard it correct .

Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (,MBCN) is a school for disabled children. Here they teach for several children with mental impairment and who are physically challenged. Today we came infront of you to proudly present the Eco friendly products made by special children of MBCN. These children made some special products which are Eco friendly and can be useful for giving as gifts or can be used for decorating home.


While looking about some of the products they are like paper bags, hanging photo frames, bangle boxes, gift boxes, plain boxes and pearls and beads baskets. They also made some chocolate boxes, gift hampers, designer notebooks, designer dairy sets, dry fruit boxes, ring boxes, Shagun envelopes for household and gift purposes. They also have some items for office purposes like pen stands, office kits and tissue boxes.

And all these things they are just made by using natural materials like paper, cloth, cardboard etc. They doesn’t harm the environment in any way. And one more important thing to know is that they are available in very low prices. They just the starting prices of about 200 rupees and up to a maximum of less than 1000 rupees.

The MBCN work to :-

  • Provide rehabilitation and personal development services and support our students and trainees and provide them with what they need in every area of their lives, maximizing their integration in the main stream.
  • Create the possibility for an optimum quality of life for our students and trainees and their families.
  • Facilitate empowerment of people with disability, their families, care given and communities.

So I suggest this is beneficial both for special children and us so one should not think twice before buying such kind of products as they are available at very low cost and are very beautifully designed. And in another words by buying these items we are encouraging those children and helping them to grow up and to live. Support them with all your heart.


November 9, 2017

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!