About Us

The Loomba Foundation was established in the UK on 26 June 1997 by Lord Raj and Lady Veena Loomba by a charitable Trust Deed and has a sister charity registered in India. The Foundation was established in the memory of Lord Loomba’s late mother, Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba, who was widowed at the age of 37, and yet succeeded in educating her seven sons and daughters single-handedly.

The Foundation’s programmes focus on widow empowerment and education of the children of widows. Our widow empowerment programmes currently provide widows with vocational training, while our educational programmes offer scholarships to children of widows all across India. The Foundation also supports widows who have lost their husbands to HIV/AIDS and provides them with medical aid.

The launch

The Foundation was officially launched in London on 25 March 1998 in the presence of the then Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Tony Blair MP and his wife Cherie Blair CBE QC. The Foundation also received the support of the then Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee, who inaugurated the Foundation in New Delhi on 31 March 1999. The ceremony was attended by Sir Rob Young GCMC, who was then the British High Commissioner to India.

Our Impact

  • Provided scholarships to 10,000 children of poor widows and supported over 60,000 of their family members.
  • Provided vocational training in garment making to 120 Indians widows, 40 of whom were jail in mates.
  • Partnered with Oxfam (UK) to set up an agricultural project to empower 300 widows who were victims of genocide in Rwanda.
  • Supported 1,500 orphans affected by HIV in South Africa since 2006 in partnership with Sir Richard Branson’s charity, Virgin Unite.

The Loomba Foundation was launched in London in 1998 in the presence of the then Prime Minister Rt Hon Tony Blair.

The then Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the Loomba Foundation in India in 1999.

Over the years, the Foundation has launched the International Widows Day campaign in 2005 and organized conferences to raise awareness about widow’s issues. It has led thought leadership around this area with the publication of books such as Invisible Forgotten Sufferers: The Plight of Widows at the United Nations and the World Widows Report. It also supported “A Hidden Calamity: The Plight of Widows”, an exhibition of paintings at 10 Downing Street, based on three key themes – South Asia, Africa, and Conflict. Today, the Loomba Foundation is a UN ECOSOC-accredited NGO specialising in widow rights.

Board of Trustees

Lord Raj Loomba CBE is the founder and International Chair of Board of Trustees in the UK, USA, and India.
The UK Board of Trustees includes Mrs. Shamin Lalji, Dr. Barry Humphreys, Veena Lady Loomba, Mrs. Reeta Sarkar, Ms. Roma Loomba, and Mr. Rinku Loomba.
The USA Board of Trustees includes Mr. Jack Klinck, Dr. Peter Rajsingh, Dr. Narendra P. Loomba, and Harjiv Singh.
The Indian Board of Trustees includes Mr. S. S. Dhindsa MP, Mrs. Aruna Oswal, Mr Balbir Singh Kakar, Harjiv Singh, and Veena Lady Loomba.

“All widows should be protected by the rights enshrined in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and other international human rights treaties.” – Ban Ki Moon.