Organiser : Government of Punjab
The Loomba Foundation, the UN accredited global NGO working exclusively for the cause of widows and their children, has launched a unique project together with the Punjab Government to empower 2000 widows in the state. Hon’ble Chief Minister of Punjab, Sardar Parkash Singh Badal, was the chief guest for the launch function held at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan in Ludhiana. He, together with Lord Raj Loomba, the Founder and Chairman Trustee of The Loomba Foundation and Lady Loomba distributed sewing machines to some of the beneficiaries to formally kick-start the ‘Punjab Project for Empowerment of Widows.’ Renowned British philanthropists Mr. Graham and Mrs. Susan Tobbell as well as Mrs. Aruna Oswal, the India Trustee and Padamshri Vikramjit Singh, Patron of The Loomba Foundation were also present at the occasion to express their solidarity for the cause. Over 1000 people participated in the event, including senior ministers, elected representatives, senior bureaucrats, industrialists, media persons, beneficiaries and the general public.
Speaking at the occasion, Chief Minister Sardar Parkash Singh Badal said, “Lord Loomba has made Punjab proud by championing this much-needed cause of widows all-over the world, and successfully getting International Widows Day ratified by the United Nations. I am honored and humbled to be associated with this cause
Lord Raj Loomba said, “Having been born in Dhilwan, District Kapurthala and studying at the D.A.V. College in Jallandhar, I have always been connected to the soil of Punjab, no matter where my destiny has taken me. Even though I am a parliamentarian in the UK, and my Foundation works actively to bring widows out of abject poverty in different parts of the world including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, South Africa, Syria, and Guatemala, nothing gives me more joy than to see my own homeland joining hands for this cause so seriously.