The Loomba Foundation Donates Sewing Machines for Vocational Training of Rural Youth to Cordia Group of Educational Institutes on Baisakhi

New Delhi, April 13, 2017: On the auspicious festival of Baisakhi, The Loomba Foundation, a global NGO accredited with the United Nations under DPI and ECOSOC, has donated fifty sewing machines to Cordia Group of Educational Institutes, situated in Lord Rana Edu-City, Sanghol, which is a life-time vision of Rt. Lord Diljit Rana, Member House of Lords, to transform the lives of rural youth through world class educational opportunities. The fifty sewing machines will be used for vocational training of the students at the institute.

"We made the decision to donate sewing machines to the Cordia Group of Educational Institutes so that they can focus more on vocational training of the students”, said Lord Loomba CBE, Founder and Chairman-Trustee of The Loomba Foundation. He further added, “My dear friend, Lord Diljit Rana has had a vision for this educational institute and all that can be done to improve the lives of the rural youth and I’m glad I could be a part, even if it was just a small part, of this."

The former President of India, a great visionary, scientist and teacher, Late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, inaugurated this educational complex in 2005. Focused on the education of the rural youth, the Cordia Group of Educational Institutes has been a source of great education in the fields of Arts & Humanities, Computer Applications, Science, Commerce & Business Management, Hotel & Tourism Management, Education & Skill Development programs. In addition to this, students and faculty are provided with opportunities for international exposure as well.

Talking about his vision to transform the lives of rural youth, Chairman of Cordia Group of Educational Institutes, Rt Lord Diljit Rana said, "It has been my dream to provide the rural youth educational opportunities and ensure rural transformation in India. I am deeply thankful to Lord Loomba for sharing my dream and for supporting me. Vocational training is an integral part of getting educated and the sewing machines that The Loomba Foundation has donated to us will be extremely helpful for this cause."

In January last year, India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had flagged off a sewing machine project by The Loomba Foundation to empower 5000 widows of Varanasi to support their families with honour. Recently also, Haryana’s Minister for Health and Sports, Shri Anil Vij had launched The Loomba Foundation’s project to empower 1000 widows and women prisoners in all 19 district prisons of Haryana.

The Loomba Foundation, which marks its 20th anniversary this year, has been working for the welfare of poor widows around the world. Since almost two decades, it has also provided five-year-long education scholarships to more than 10,000 children of poor widows and supported more than 60,000 of their family members across 29 states in India. Currently, it is educating about 1600 children of poor widows in 13 states of India including Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttarakhand.

The Loomba Foundation was inspired by Lord Loomba’s late mother, Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba, who became a widow at an early age of 37 in Punjab and undertook lot of hardships to educate her seven children single-handedly. The Foundation successfully campaigned for the declaration of International Widows’ Day by the United Nations, which takes place on 23rd June every year around the world.

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.