Vision for India

In an upcoming partnership between The Loomba Foundation and Rotary, the two philanthropic organizations will collaborate to execute two programmes–one aimed at mainstreaming out-of-school children or those with poor learning outcomes and the other aimed at empowering widows.

To be called Asha Kiran or Ray of Light, the educational initiative will aim at returning or sending 2000 children in the age group of 7-14 to school for a quality education.

Expected to run for a year, the Loomba Foundation’s role will be to support the programme by contributing INR 2100 per child or a total of INR 42 lakh for 2000 children. Rotary will be responsible for running the programme in keeping with the existing guidelines of its Rotary India Literary Mission.

The second initiative will revolve around empowering widows. To be called Swabhimaan or Dignity, the initiative will aim at equipping 30,000 widows across 30 states with basic literacy while also providing them with training in livelihood skills. To run for a period of five years, the foundation will extend its support to the endeavour by contributing over INR 4.5 crore towards skill development programmes. Rotary will contribute about INR 10 crore to the programme and actively seek support, funding, and grants from its branches across India and overseas to help execute the initiative.

“Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.”

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