The Loomba Foundation distributes sewing machines to 500 widows in mathura on international widows day

Mathura, June xx, 2017: The Loomba Foundation, a UN-accredited charity that focuses on the empowerment of widows, organized an event on the occasion of International Widows Day, to distribute training certificates and 500 sewing machines to widows in Mathura yesterday (June 23, 2017). In August 2016, the British High Commissioner Sir Dominic Asquith had launched The Loomba Foundation’s partnership project with Lions Clubs to empower these 500 impoverished widows in India’s holy cities of Mathura and Vrindavan. The implementation of this project started in February this year, and within a span of 5 months, The Loomba Foundation has trained these widows in cutting and tailoring with the help of organizations including Kalyanam Karoti Dham, Utthaan India Foundation and Shri Radha Krishan Sewa Samiti

The main function to conclude this project took place in Mathura yesterday to mark International Widows Day and was attended by over 400 people including eminent guests including Pujya Swami Shri Mahesha Nand Saraswati ji,  Chairman, Kalyanam Karoti, Mahant Baba Shri Balram Das ji Maharaj,  Shri Suryakant Sharma, Representative of Hon’ble Electricity Minister of UP; Mr. Sunil Kumar Sharma, General Secretary, Kalyanam Karoti Dham; Mr. Manish Gupta, Secretary, Utthaan India Foundation, Farah, Mr. Pawan Aggarwal, Ex-Councillor,  Mr. Rajesh Kumar Sharma, Sr. Advocate ; and Mr. Pooran Prakash Kaushik, Secretary, Shri Radha Krishan Sewa Samiti; Hemant Sharma and Pawan Kumar from The Loomba Foundation; and 350 widows, among others.  Training Certificates were distributed to the widows who attended the function, mementos were given to the guests on dais, training centers in-charge and the persons who put their efforts in success of our Mathura Project.  As a token of receipt 05 sewing machines were distributed during the event. Remaining 370 sewing machines to complete the total of 500, have been made available to respective training centres and distribution process is going on alongwith installation of machines. 

As part of the sewing machine distribution program, the Loomba Foundation held another function on June 22, 2017 where 100 sewing machines were distributed to the beneficiary widows in the rural areas of Govardhan, Mathura. Around 200 guests, including 100 beneficiary widows attended this function. Some of the eminent guests include Dr. Sadanand Gupta, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Mathura; Swami Sailesha Nand, Maharaj of Raman Reti; Shri Ajay Kumar, Naib Tahsildar, Shri Khajan Singh, President, District Council; Smt. Alok Dubey, Circle Officer, Mathura; Shri Dau Ji, Chairman, Radha Kund Town Area, among others.

The Loomba Foundation also distributed sewing machines to 25 widows at Farah, Mathura on June 19, 2017. Shri Lakshmi Narayan Chaudhry, Hon’ble Minister of Dairy Development, Religion & Culture and Minority Welfare, U.P. Government was the Chief Guest at this function. Shri Rajendra, Director, Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhayaya Dham, Farah; Shri Karinda Singh, MLA, Govardhan, Mathura; Shri V.K. Sharma, Executive Director, Sharda Group of Institutions; Manish Gupta - Secretary, Utthaan India Foundation; Atul Palta, Pawan Kumar and Hemant Sharma, representatives of the Loomba Foundation; and many local leaders attended the function.

Founder & Chairman-Trustee of The Loomba Foundation, Lord Loomba CBE, who is in London to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Loomba Foundation, said in a video message, "With 46 million widows, India has the largest number of widows for any country in the world. It is a matter of global shame that even in today’s modern world, atrocities are being inflicted on widows and their children in the name of customs and traditions. International Widows Day is the global day of action to highlight the desperate plight of widows all over the world. We, as a society, have failed to acknowledge the injustice faced by widows and their children and it is our duty to recognize these problems and do whatever we can in our capacity to ensure a better livelihood for widows, a life of dignity and respect."

The Loomba Foundation celebrated their 20th anniversary with renowned British actress Joanna Lumley; UK’s former First Lady and the President of The Loomba Foundation, Mrs. Cherie Blair CBE QC; and Founder & Chairman-Trustee of The Loomba Foundation, Lord Raj Loomba CBE at the House of Lords on June 22, 2017. During the function, Joanna Lumley unveiled a new research highlighting United Kingdom’s attitude towards widowhood and launched a ‘blimp’ airship to promote International Widows Day at the House of Lords.

Earlier this month, The Loomba Foundation was invited at an event organized by Bala Vikas, an NGO that works on the integrated development of poor rural communities, to mark International Widows Day with 10000 widows in Telangana and voice their issues to the nation. Atul Palta represented the Loomba Foundation at this event.

Since the past 20 years, The Loomba Foundation has worked tirelessly 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.