"The Chahal Foundation by Gurbaksh Chahal"

 The Chahal Foundation’s Beginning

During several interviews with Gurbaksh Chahal and his ground team, they came to find many people from all walks of life, have been helped indirectly with the effects of their contributions. One of the principles of The Chahal foundation is to aim to provide and ensure every child’s basic right to be educated is available to them. On several occasions, Gurbaksh Chahal himself has been known to go to schools, underprivileged shelters, and community centers to voice his belief and vision to create communities across the globe, where every child has a venue to dream big and then follow his/her heart to achieve that dream. Gurbaksh has been known to large communities together, and strive to solves challenges that are hindering our children’s educations. He doesn’t just talk the talk but walks the walk too. He has set up several school funds and student scholarships across the globe: US, UK, Africa and India. On a regular basis, students benefit from his personal generosity and contribution, through he hopes to enrich their lives and give opportunity. More so, Gurbaksh constantly supports and enriches entrepreneurs like him through his motivational blog www.belimitless.com, where he gives tips and advice on the things that drove him to his success.

To those the foundation helps, Gurbaksh urges them ‘to become the change we want to be in this world’. No student is ever asked to repay the generous donations toward their welfare. Instead, Gurbaksh has routinely encouraged all of his students to pay it forward through mentorships, be it on an individual or one person at a time. When Gurbaksh was asked, what inspires him to let people make the change they seek. He is known toreply with a simple quote from Steve Jobs, to whom he credits to be one of his mentors.“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

The Chahal Foundation Initiatives

In India, the Chahal Foundation has launched a new campaign known as “Let’s make our kids smile.” In an interview, Gurbaksh shared his thought of starting this campaign. In a conference, he highlighted the fact that India has 440 million children. Of these, over 180+ million students, lack proper education. He posed the question, “how can India lead if we as a community can’t take care of our future?” Gurbaksh Chahal further highlighted the major cause as to why kids don’t finish school in India. He highlighted that many schools lacked the basic facilities that most people take for granted such as playgrounds, libraries, and nutritious meals. Too many kids already come to school hungry and then leave hungry. Gurbaksh further posed the question, “how can an empty stomach learn?” Among other things brought to the surface, he also shared that millions of girls drop out each year because most schools don’t have proper individual toilets for them. Gurbaksh finished addressing the conference, by highlighting the tough conditions our children are facing and asked the community to unite and stand for the cause. Of course, known for not just ‘speech giving’, Gurbaksh Chahal and his family were the first to set up generous funds to mitigate this issue.

Welfare for children is a major focus of the Chahal Foundation. Not only does this foundation provide means to proper and safe schooling, but address the issue of child labor – often an issue that is ignored. For millions of children across the globe, education is an impossible dream. Many children end up being part of the workforce at an early age to support their families. Some statistics peg this workforce to be around 15+ million child workers in India alone, although governmental numbers are often erred on the low side. UNICEF estimates that India has the highest number of laborers in the world under the age of 14, and many toils in hazardous jobs. Gurbaksh Chahal Foundation aimed to address this issue when they created their slogan: “Save the future. Share hope. Share a dream. Make them smile. Make a difference”.

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