Maharashtra CM, UK’s Business Secretary urge corporates to support poor widows at The Loomba Foundation’s CSR conference with BSE

Organiser : Bombay Stock Exchange 

Honorable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Sh. Devendra Fadnavis and Rt. Hon. Dr. Vince Cable MP, UK’s Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade, today inaugurated a conference entitled ‘Corporate Social Responsibility: Empowering Poor Widows in India’, hosted by The Loomba Foundation, a UN accredited global NGO working for the cause of poor widows and their children, and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE Ltd.), India’s most advanced, Asia’s first and fastest, and the world’s largest stock exchange in terms of number of listed companies. The event encouraged corporate India to channelize their mandatory 2% Corporate Social Responsibility provision in the new Companies Act for the benefit of impoverished widows.   

Lord Raj Loomba CBE, Founder and Chairman Trustee of The Loomba Foundation, who was recently conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by the United Nations Association of New York, said, “Our Foundation has held several events to create global awareness on the plight and unmet needs of the widows, but this is perhaps the biggest contingent of business leaders I have ever seen at a single place to show solidarity for the cause. I am deeply indebted to the BSE for making this possible. In January, The Loomba Foundation’s goodwill ambassador, and internationally renowned corporate finance lawyer, Chris Parsons, will be back in Mumbai to walk 30 marathons in 30 days covering a distance of 1260km from The Gateway of India to Bangalore via Goa, Mangalore and Mysore 

A highlight of the conference was the launch of a project of 500 sewing machines in Mumbai jointly by The Loomba Foundation’s trustee Mrs. Shamin Lalji, and patron Padamshri Sh. Vikramjit Singh Sahni, to help widows become self-sufficient by giving them a means of earning income 

The Loomba Foundation and Punjab Government launched path-breaking project to empower 2000 widows in eight districts

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.  

Annual Charity Dinner at the Taj Mansingh Hotel, New Delhi

Organiser: The Loomba Foundation 

The Loomba Foundation held it’s annual charity dinner at the Taj Mansingh Hotel, New Delhi. The enactment in India of a new law mandating companies to contribute 2% of their profits to Corporate Social Responsibility programmes opens the door for more of India’s fast growing business sector to play its part in eradicating the terrible plight of millions of widows in the country. This opportunity was highlighted at The Loomba Foundation’s fundraising dinner in Delhi on 21 June 2014.This event was chaired by our Trustee Mrs. Aruna Oswal and managed by Mr. Anil Bhalla who has been supporting The Loomba Foundation for a long time in India. The event was attended by Justice Shri K G Balakrishnan, India’s former Chief Justice who then headed the National Human Right Commission, British High Commissioner Sir James Bevan and prominent social activist Dr Kiran Bedi. We are grateful to our major supporters – Mr. Raju Chadha, Mr, Alok Tandon, Mr. Ajay Khanna, Mr. Mahendra Nahata and Mr. Atul Kulshreshtha.    

A reception in the honour of Lions Clubs International held in Attlee Room, House of Lords Organiser : Lion Max Mongia

Organiser : Lion Max Mongia 

A reception was held in Attlee Room at the House of Lords in honour of International President of Lions Clubs International, Lion Barry Palmer, who announced that the Lions Clubs International Foundation will become a partner with the Loomba Foundation. He also announced that the Lions Club Foundation will donate 2000 sewing machines to the loomba Foundation, through a matching grant scheme, The reception was hosted by Lion Max Mongia, who is a big supporter of the Loomba Foundation 

India International Trade Fair

In hopes to raise support for their mission of empowering widows and educating their children, The Loomba Foundation, put up their booth in the NBCC Pavilion at the India International Trade Fair (IITF), which started in New Delhi on November 14 and gone till November 27, 2015.

The 35th edition of the Trade Fair was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee and the NBCC Pavilion inaugurated by Minister of State for Urban Development, and for Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Babul Supriyo along with NBCC Chairman and Managing Director, Dr Anoop Kumar Mittal.

The Hon’ble Minister of State for Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Shri Babul Supriyo visited our stall. The remarks of the Hon’ble Minister in our visitor’s book is reproduced below:

“This is great noble thinking. Keep it up. God Bless”

Dr Anoop Kumar Mittal, CMD NBCC, separately came to our stall to inaugurate it. The CMD was accompanied by the Director, Finance and Director Activities and host of other senior officers of NBCC including Mr Wanchoo, Chief General Manager (HRM), NBCC. Overall it was a good show, which has given us a lot of exposure and visibility. The remarks of Chief General Manager (HRM) are quoted as under:

“Stall inaugurated by Dr A K Mittal, CMD, NBCC. The Loomba Foundation is doing an excellent partnership with NBCC. All the best for the future.”

UN General Assembly and Sustainable Development Goals:

In his capacity, as Chairman of a Global NGO with ECOSOC status, the United Nations invited Lord Loomba CBE to attend the opening session of the General Assembly on 25th September, 2015, which was inaugurated by His Holiness Pope Francis.

Lord Loomba was also pleased to have received a second invitation to attend the Special High-Level Sustainable Development Goals session – “A New Rural Development Paradigm and the Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities”, which was hosted by the President of Korea and attended by the UN Secretary General, HE Ban Ki-moon and four Presidents of other countries, on 26th September, 2015.

The United Nations has adopted Sustainable Development Goals, which has 17 Goals with 169 targets. The purpose of these goals is to end extreme poverty, fight gender inequality & injustice, fix climate change and leave no-one behind. Lord Loomba welcomed the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations as implementation of which will not only eliminate prejudices and discrimination against widows but it will also empower them economically, socially and politically.

International Widows Day: UK

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

The Loomba Foundation hosted a fundraising dinner at One Great George Street near Parliament Square in Westminster in London on 23rd June, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of International Widows Day, which was launched by the Loomba Foundation in 2005 and adopted by the United Nations in 2010. The dinner was attended by over 250 high profile guests, including senior politicians, and business leaders.

The event featured passionate speeches from both Lord Loomba and Cherie Blair, President of The Loomba Foundation, highlighting the plight of widows and their children affected by widowhood worldwide.

Having campaigned for more than a decade for the rights of widows worldwide, Lord Loomba sees this year’s Sustainable Development Goals as an opportunity for widows’ rights to be finally put on the international development agenda. He said “Whilst I am very proud of the steps the Loomba Foundation has taken to empower widows over the past decade, and the political support the cause has gained, I will not rest until the plight of widows worldwide is addressed on the global scale that only Sustainable Development Goal recognition will deliver.”

International Widows Day: India

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

In India, Mr. Pratap Singh, Country Head of The Loomba Foundation and Mrs. Monica Dhawan, Director of the India Vision Foundation distributed the ‘certificates of proficiency’ to the widows and destitute inmates of Faridabad jail who had successfully completed vocational training in garment making. The project was launched last year by Dr. Kiran Bedi and Lord Loomba for the benefit of 120 widows including 40 inmates in the female wards of the Gurgaon and Faridabad jails. The

International Widows Day was also observed in Ludhiana district, where the first phase of empowerment project is being conducted. In partnership with the Punjab Government, The Loomba Foundation is providing free sewing machine and garment stitching training to 5000 widows in the state.

The Loomba Foundation leads multi-stakeholder effort to empower widows and destitute women in Mumbai

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

The Loomba Foundation, the UN accredited global NGO working exclusively for the cause of widows and their children, announced that it has completed the three months training in garment making provided to 500 widows and destitute women in Mumbai. On completion of this training, The Loomba Foundation distributed 500 sewing machines to provide livelihoods to the beneficiary women to be able to reclaim a respectable place in the society and take care of themselves and their dependents. The event was held at Society for Human & Environmental Development (SHED), Kalina Santacruz East, Mumbai. Shri Ashish Chauhan, MD & CEO of BSE Ltd, and a patron of The Loomba Foundation, was the chief guest at the occasion.

Mr. Pratap Singh, Country Head of The Loomba Foundation welcomed the guests at the occasion including Padmashri Begum Bilkees Latif, President, SHED; Ms. Raksha Dhawan, Chief Functionary, Sun Foundation India; and Mr. Jaykumar Parekh, member of the Advisory Council of The Loomba Foundation. Mr. Atul Palta, Operations Manager of The Loomba Foundation, delivered the vote of thanks. Mr. Haroon Mozawala, Mrs. Karuna, Ms. Khadija Manekia, Mrs. Fauzia Khan and Ms. Shazia also extended help and cooperation in making this project successful.

Internationally Renowned Lawyer Chris Parsons to raise $1 million for The Loomba Foundation, to benefit widows and their children in India through its ‘Walk for Widows’ initiative.

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

Chris Parsons, international corporate lawyer, began his 1260 km Walk for Widows from BSE in Mumbai today, in the presence of Lord Raj Loomba CBE, Founder and Chairman Trustee of The Loomba Foundation, Mr.  Foundation, a UN accredited global NGO working for the cause of poor widows and their children will be walking 30 marathons in 30 days (42 Kms per day) to raise $1 million for these beneficiaries. The walkathon is expected to end in Bangalore on February 8, 2015 via Goa and Mangalore.

Mr. Parsons' Walk for Widows has been supported by Bombay Stock Exchange, Tata Consultancy Services, Apollo Hospitals’ Billion Hearts Beating, PepsiCo’s Gatorade with Brightsons being the travel partner. The initiative has also received tremendous support from humanitarian lawyer and former first lady Cherie Blair CBE, QC, President, The Loomba Foundation, David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rt Hon Nick Clegg, MP Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Patron of The Loomba Foundation, Sir Richard Branson, Patron-in-Chief of The Loomba Foundation and Chris Gayle, International Cricket Star among others. Chris Parsons has already raised over $280,000 of his targeted $1million funds, which will be used to empower 5000 poor widows in Varanasi