MLA, DM, Chief Development Officer attend the Loomba Foundation's event to distribute more than 400 sewing machines to poor widows

~ Chief Guest Dr. Awadhesh Singh MLA, of Pindra (Varanasi) and Guest of Honour Shri Yogeshwar Ram Mishra (I.A.S), District Magistrate of Varanasi hail efforts by The Loomba Foundation to provide dignified livelihoods to poor widows in the holy city ~

Varanasi, May 24, 2017: Dr. Awadhesh Singh, MLA of Pindra (Varanasi) was the chief guest at an organized by The Loomba Foundation, a United Nations-accredited global NGO that focuses exclusively on the cause of widow empowerment, at Pindra Tehsil Community Hall in the holy city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Shri Yogeshwar Ram Mishra (I.A.S), District Magistrate of Varanasi was the Guest of Honour at the event which announced the distribution of 424 sewing machines to widows across 30 different training centers in Varanasi. Other distinguished guests at the event included Mr. Sunil Verma, Chief Development Officer, Varanasi and Dr. Narendra Nath Yadav, SDM of Pindra (Varanasi). Around 250 widows and other guests attended the event, which is part of The Loomba Foundation’s commitment to empower 5000 widows of Varanasi. On 22 January 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had flagged off The Loomba Foundation’s project which includes providing a 2-months’ skills training certificate course in garment-stitching and a foot-operated sewing machine to 5000 widows in Varanasi. The 2011 Population Census of India estimates that Varanasi has more than 90,000 widows.

MLA Dr. Awadhesh Singh said, “I am touched by the strong sense of purpose that is evident in this initiative undertaken by The Loomba Foundation to ensure that poor widows can lead a life of dignity and respect. I am honoured to be the Chief Guest of such a noble event that makes a real difference to humanity and creates micro-entrepreneurs for the Startup India mission.”

During the event, a documentary titled “Mission of The Loomba Foundation” was also shown to the audience on the various projects and supporters of The Loomba Foundation.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Atul Palta, Director – Skills Training and Empowerment, The Loomba Foundation said, “I am deeply thankful to Dr. Awadhesh Singh ji, Shri Yogeshwar Ram Mishra ji and other dignitaries to honor and encourage our team with their presence. There is an urgent need to take up widow empowerment at a mass scale and it is encouraging to see the commitment from Varanasi’s top leaders for this cause. The Loomba Foundation is humbled to have played a part in educating the society about the injustice faced by widows in India and other countries of the world.”

The Loomba Foundation, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in June this year, has been the crusader for the welfare of poor widows around the world. It is assisting over 15,000 impoverished widows in nine states and has sponsored five-year-long education scholarships for more than 10,000 children of poor widows, supporting more than 60,000 of their family members across 29 states in India.

The Foundation was started by Lord Raj Loomba who has been honored with several recognitions and accolades including the Indian Government’s Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Patra; the United Nations Association of New York’s Lifetime Achievement Award; the Forbes India Philanthropy Award; British Asian of the Year Award; and, an Honorary Fellowship by The University of Northampton. It was due to the efforts of Lord Loomba that the United Nations recognized 23rd June as International Widows Day which has helped bring the world’s attention to this neglected humanitarian crisis that impacts more than 259 million widows and their 584 million children worldwide.

About The Loomba Foundation

The Loomba Foundation collaborates with UN bodies, other NGOs, government officials, Human Rights advocates and prominent leaders to fight for the over 259 million widows worldwide who suffer prejudice and discrimination. The Foundation seeks to bring about gender sensitive reforms of national laws and policies, eradicating anti-widow superstitions, traditions, and social practices.  It fosters gender equality and women’s empowerment by implementing poverty-reduction strategies and educational opportunities for widow’s and their children.