Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Karwa with a Cause

This Karwachauth, Prasanchetas Foundation along with Ayyaam NGO, came with the event for celebrating, Karwa with a Cause, where we had this privilege to create a platform for the young talented girls from the down trodden segment, to have an opportunity to showcase their talent. The Karwa Mela made sure that these girls display small little things made from waste material and created by their own hands, convince the buyers with the quality of their product and negotiate to en-cash the real value of their product or services.

These girls installed stalls for applying beautiful Heena, Tatoo Making, Nail Art, Handmade Crafts for Diwali, Karwa and Diyas and much more from their talent pool.

Apart from the financial gains, these girls earned many more enriching experiences and that too for the first time inclusive of sitting in a car, stepping out of Chandigarh and moving into the neighboring city of Mohali. 

Above all these girls earned the confidence and trust of their parents to allow them to be outside the home, working till late evening and eventually being filled with feeling of doing much more meaningful. By involving girls in such activities we have been able to add more value to their lives and experiences of these girls which is much more and above than just support them with charity


"The Iron Lady Awards"

On Woman's Day on the 8th March'19, the Tricity Chandigarh witnessed one of the largest event across North India, with the name of "The Iron Lady Awards" held at the DLF Mall, in the IT Park in Chandigarh. These awards were organized to acknowledge and honor the strength and sprit of a Woman who have made a mark in the professional world of today, be either being someone Educated, Established or Empowered. Huge response in terms of nomination was seen where more than 200 nominations were receive from the northern region in different categories. These nominations were further scrutinized on the basis of authenticity and for special efforts, which were further selected by one of the profound jury, inclusive of Dr. Navjot Sidhu,  Dr. Poonam Sharma, Retd. Lt. General K J Singh, Mr Vivek Atray and Mr. Rajeev Bhargava.

Apart from honouring women for their dedication and determination to make a mark in life, there were some special awards given away as "Man of Honor" to the men, who have supported women, to grow up in their professional endeavors, inclusive of Mr. Ajay Tewari- CEO Smart Data, Mr. A P Singh- President (Rotary Club of Chandigarh),  Mr. Ajay Shukla- Chief Editor- ITV network, ADGP Mr. Ashwinder Singh Chawla, Mr. Satyapal Jain- Addl. Solicitor General of India.

To finally give away these awards along with the very respectable jury members, a good league of guests of honor, were also invited at the DLF Mall on the 8th March. It was great show wherein more than 200 educated, established and empowered women across north india, made their physical presence.

All the women attendees were given special goodie bags by DLF Mall with other sponsors to honour all women of substance. Live RJ and VJ interactions, magical mirror and Photo booth was some of the main attractions for all the visiting ladies, who hailed the efforts done by the DLF and its event partners like Shoutlo, Kidzee, Glimpse, My FM, Desh Bhagat University and Prasanchetas Foundation who took all the initiative to make this event a huge hit and celebrate women of substance.

Also to add more fun and cheer to this inspirational event, some very special performers inclusive of the very enthusiastic Jahangeet- the Youngest Dholi, Dr. Varun- Bharatnatyam Performer along with the Musical Sensation- Gursaaz,  made all the audience awestruck. Also to add more meaning to this whole event, Prasanchetas Foundation, with the Support of DLF City Centre Mall and Kidzee launched their child and women safety kit. In continuation to the same, a song in lieu of "mission pad girls" of Prasanchetas Foundation, where they are working to spread the awareness and sensitivity on menstrual hygiene along with overcoming of various related stereotypes, was showcased in form of dance performance highlighting the "himmat" of the 21st century women

Women's Day

Today when across the globe, people are acknowledging the role, efforts, contribution and the whole soul existence of a woman in all its forms of being a daughter, wife, daughter in law, mother, mother in law and even working professional.  To acknowledge and further boost this versatile spirit of a woman, Prasanchetas Foundation celebrates this special day with a group of less privileged girls from Bapu Dham area. 

 All these girls are students, while some go to school and many are taking their lessons from open school, due to lack of financial support and other resources to attend regular classes at school.

To make this women's day really special for these girls and to unleash the inner strength of being a woman of tomorrow, volunteers from Prasanchetas Foundation, who also happen to be students at the Panjab University came forward to train these girls with the skills of making some home decor items with the waste items.

Apart from skilling the girls were also made to participate in some fun activities, which were carried out in the local park of Bapu Dham to enhance their confidence and motivate them.
 Such an environment of openness and freedom  further added to the spirit of willingness, such that all the learning were well received and the all the girls wholeheartedly participated in all the tasks and fun games.

 Also one of the prime aspect of this whole event was, where 3 girls were sponsored their examination fee to appear from the open board.

All these experiences boosted the morale of these girls with self-confidence, self-esteem and most importantly self-responsibility for one's own growth and progress in life and are more skilled, more capable and more versatile in one's actions and roles in life as a girl of today and a woman of tomorrow.

Empowering Women with Skills

Today when across the globe, people are acknowledging the role, efforts, contribution and the whole soul existence of a woman in all its forms of being a daughter, wife, daughter in law, mother, mother in law and even working professional.

To further boost this versatile spirit of a woman and further empower women with special skills an NGO with the name of Prasanchetas Foundation came forward to provide some special skilling sessions to less privileged women from Burail Village, which was held at the Government Middle School Burail. All these women have enrolled themselves as students under the various adult literacy programs.

To further ignite this spark of learning and unleash the inner strength of being a progressive woman, volunteers from Prasanchetas Foundation, who also happen to be students at the Panjab University came forward to train these women with the skills of making cloth bags and home decor items from waste material.  

            To facilitate this initiative of Prasanchetas Foundation, wholehearted support  was extended by the staff of Govt. Middle School and their respective principal, Ms. Narinder Kaur, who herself involved all these women, in a short prayer and meditation session to further create environment of mental peace and emotional harmony. This further added to the spirit of willingness, such that all the learning was well received and all the women wholeheartedly participated in all the tasks and further came up with their personal creativity as well.

All these experiences boosted the morale of these women with self-confidence, self-esteem and most importantly self-responsibility for one's own growth and progress in life and be more skilled, more capable and more versatile in one's actions and roles in life as a woman of today.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Republic Day Celebration

This Republic Day, our soldiers on the wheelchairs, who are presently residing at the Army's Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre in Mohali, had a day out with their families to the DLF Mall, specifically for watching URI movie. This movie time for the soldiers was initiated by Prasanchetas Foundation, which was further supported by the DLF City Centre Mall, IT Park, Chandigarh.

Apart from the movie, the soldiers and their families also had lunch at the mall, followed by some more moments of enjoyment and recreation in form of fun games, dance performances by NGO kids which was further complemented with the gracious presence of many senior officials from the Armed Forces inclusive of Rtd. Lt. General K.J.Singh, presently working as the Advisor to the CM, along with Major General Mann, ADG at the NCC Directorate along with other senior officials from all the three forces inclusive of army, navy and air force.

Some of the most heartening moments of these celebrations were the dance performance by our soldiers on the wheelchairs which made all the general public go spellbound. Lastly to express our gratitude to the soldiers, where a social media campaign was organized to involve the participation of general public, letters were invited from students, youth, teachers, corporate professionals and all which was further taken up more aggressively by Prasanchetas Foundation, by themselves making people write and hand over letters to their team and then few selective letters were read out in front of the senior defense officials.  Lastly, some letters were even sent to the soldiers at the LOC through the J & K Study Centre.

Dheeyan di Lohri

While most of us keep cribbing on various stereotypical thoughts prevailing in the society, only a few dare to come forward and change them.
Prasanchetas Foundation, always working on the positive mindset and trying to break through stereotypes and in this direction there another initiative was celebrating of Dheeyan di Lohri at a mass level along with the involvement of general public at the DLF City center Mall in the IT Park Chandigarh.

It was a three days event, inclusive of an online contest where to "post a selfie with your daughter" was huge hit, wherein all the parents were then invited to the mall as an honor and to celebrate with all, their daughters' first Lohri.
Also, Prasanchetas Foundation, which otherwise immensely works with the children from from various slum and other backward areas, had created a special platform especially for such less privileged students coming from very humble families to exhibit their talent on a public forum. For which a dance competition was organized for the children of various NGO'S to come forward and show case their talent. The whole crowd was spell bounded by the performances and applauded the talents of the students along with the efforts put in by the team to identify such enriching talent amongst the less privileged ones. Each group dance was honoured and appreciated along with their respective NGO.

Upcoming Punjabi singer Gursaaz also graced the occasion on the event, and spread the charm of his melodious voice on the crowd. The maddening crowd at the mall was peppingly dancing on his dance numbers during Gursaaz's live performance.
At this , Ms Manjula, director of the foundation added that," We just did our bit to shun out the stereotypical thinking of not celebrating birth of girl child, and we got huge response from the city and it's awesome to see, such a positive response to our efforts."
She also added her vote of thanks to the Gursaaz who is very much attached to all the social causes working towards girl child safety and well-being.

On the concluding day, Mx Dhananjay Chauhan graced the occasion as being a guest of honor. Various items like nukkad natak, solo items, puppet show, Beard and mustache competition, ramp walk with girl child, bhangra by children and kite making were the main attractions.

Mx Dhananjay Chauhan added that" She is intensively working for the human rights and she would love to be part of such a noble cause of abuse free childhood, on which Prasanchetas Foundation is aggressively putting in lot of efforts.

“Sharing the Warmth” at Old Age Home

While the tricity is basking in the joyous atmosphere of the New Year celebrations, Prasanchetas Foundation, empowered by all women team, thought to ring in the New Year with a difference. The New Year celebrations were planned in a manner that they can connect with the people with the warmth of their affection in the form of warm clothes, shoes, jackets, and blankets.

Starting their initiative from 21st December 2018, they took few toddlers from the city school to an Old Age home. Wherein they wanted the young "Santa Clause " to share some gifts of warmth with the residents of the Sai Old Age home, as Christmas gifts. The children distributed warm mufflers and caps for the harsh winter season ahead for the elderly. Children braced the elderly with their cute performances and scattered smiles and hugs to old age home residents.