Archive for ‘Society’

May 23, 2018

Creating a Better World Order Through Families and Inclusive Societies

family day“If tolerance, respect and equity permeate family life, they will translate into values that shape societies, nations and the world.” – Kofi Annan

Family is the microcosm of the global community. The role families play in forming healthy and peaceful communities is remarkable, which is why the United Nations commemorates the International Day of Families as a day to celebrate the peace, love and harmony that trickles down from a family to the community. It offers an opportunity to spread awareness about different issues concerning families, including social, demographic and economic processes.

Objectives of Celebrating International Day of Families

● To promote better standards of living and social upliftment of families worldwide.
● To acknowledge the essence of people, families, societies, and cultures.
● To encourage the role of families as agents of change and progress.
● To spread awareness on issues affecting families across the world.
● To sensitize people on issues that relate to families, and promoting appropriate action.

Theme of 2018: Families and Inclusive Societies

An ideal family is where people respect and love each other, and fulfill each other’s emotional and physical needs. We should all play our parts as members of a global family, and help each other through kindness and tolerance. The first step towards achieving this is ‘inclusion’. Without inclusion, a society is fragmented, and its growth stunted.

The Ponty Chadha Foundation, through its various initiatives, works towards creating healthier families and more inclusive societies. Here’s how:

Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan: As a special education charitable school, MBCN aims to do away with taboos associated with people having disabilities. Through various awareness programmes, we spread the message of creating an equitable environment for everyone – a world where no person feels threatened or discriminated against. We focus on offering opportunities to the specially-abled that allow them to showcase their talent and become active members of our society.

Sardar Kulwant Singh Chadha Skills Academy: Working towards empowering the underprivileged youth, our Skills Academy imparts various employable skills, and helps them get jobs. We strongly believe that making the youth financially independent uplifts their entire family, and raises their standard of life.

Health Camps: A community cannot flourish if it’s not healthy. PCF-organised health camps in rural areas ensure that basic healthcare reaches the underserved. Likewise, free medical services are offered on a regular basis in association with health workers from Dr. Ram Saran Garg Indo-German Hospital.

Food Distribution Camps: Our sole aim of organising food distribution drives is to fight hunger and provide for the nutritional needs of the less-privileged. Bringing food and smiles to these children is what keeps us going!

The onus of creating a peaceful and inclusive world rests on all of us. Let’s do it together!

Source: Ponty Chadha website

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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/

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 19, 2018

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

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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

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“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.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/inspiration/5-heartwarming-stories-to-restore-faith-in-humanity/

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!

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/employment/how-the-youth-are-helping-india-grow-into-a-superpower/

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!

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/recreation/new-year-resolutions-to-make-india-a-better-place-to-live/

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.
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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.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/title-a-throwback-to-2017-at-the-ponty-chadha-foundation/