Reception to commemorate International Widows Day 2018, River Room, House of Lords

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

The Loomba Foundation hosted a dinner to commemorate the UN recognised International Widows Day in the River Room at the House of Lords, on Monday, 25th June 2018 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

We are pleased that Rt Hon Lord Fowler, The Lord Speaker of the House of Lords, welcomed the guests and His Excellency Mr Y K Sinha, High Commissioner for India, addressed the gathering.

International Widows Day 2018, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

The Loomba Foundation organized an event to mark  International Widows Day on June 23, 2018, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India, graced the occasion as a Chief Guest and Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Union Minister of Law & Justice, as a Guest of Honour  of the event.

Since its inception in 1997, The Loomba Foundation has placed great emphasis on advocacy to empower impoverished widows in society and ensure improved livelihoods for them. This has entailed organizing high level conferences to highlight the condition of widows, lobbying the United Nations to have a day dedicated to mark International Widows Day, supporting research to produce the world’s only comprehensive, global report about widows’ lives, and supporting the release of a book focused on the challenges they face world over, called “Invisible Forgotten Sufferers: The Plight of Widows Around the World”.

Dinner at the House of Lords in honour of Shri Manohar Lal Khattar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Haryana

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

Lord Loomba CBE hosted a dinner at the House of Lords in honour of Shri Manohar Lal Khattar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Haryana. During the dinner, Hon’ble Chief Minister met a number of investors and dignitaries, including Ambassador Dinesh Patnaik, Deputy High Commissioner, Mr A S Rajan, Minister Co-ordination, Mr C B Patel, Mr Sarosh Zaiwalla, Mr Ravi Mehrotra CBE, Mr Vijay Goel, Mr Manish Tiwari, Mr Rajat Kapoor and many more. 
It was an event to celebrate strategic ties with the State of Haryana, as 5 investors - GoodBox, Pontaq, Relmatech, Xelba and Zap Go, who were invited by Dr Mohan Kaul, President of Indian Professionals Forum (IPF), signed MoUs with the Haryana Government in the presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister. 

The Loomba Foundation distributed 1244 sewing machines to widows in Varanasi

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

The Loomba Foundation hosted an event in Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, to commemorate the completion of the project of providing skill training to 5000 widows. Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi had flagged off this project in January 2016, which includes providing a 2-months’ skills training certificate course in garment-stitching and a foot-operated sewing machine to 5000 widows in Varanasi. 
Sewing machines were distributed to 1244 widows who were present at the event. Mr. Ram Charitra Nishad, Member of Parliament, Machhlishahr was the Chief Guest at the event. 

First PIO Parliamentary Conference in New Delhi

Organiser : The Government of India 

The first-ever Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) Parliamentary Conference was held in the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra (PBK) in New Delhi on the occasion of Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas (PBD). It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The conference was way of reaching out to Indian community overseas by Central government.

The PIO Parliamentary Conference was organised by Ministry of External Affairs to forge stronger ties with PIO. 124 Members of Parliament (MP) and 17 mayors from 23 countries including UK, USA, South Africa, Canada, Fiji, Kenya, Mauritius, New Zealand, Sri Lanka among others participated in this conference. Lord Loomba was a part of delegation from the UK.

Virtual Diwali Celebration in London, UK

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

The Loomba Foundation organised a virtual celebration of Diwali by hosting a webinar in London in partnership with Cambridge Wireless in London on 10th November 2020. The Cambridge Wireless innovation project will partner with local groups across the world, giving advice, support and technical expertise to empower widows in making the most of their abilities and ideas, laying the groundwork for future generations to benefit.

The webinar was attended by many dignitaries and supporters of the Loomba Foundation, including Mr. Rohit Kumar, Indian High Commission’s First Secretary (ECO), Mr. Loknath Mishra, UK CEO of ICICI Bank, Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL, President of CBI and Chancellor of the Birmingham University, Mr. Jaideep Prabhu, Professor at the Cambridge University, Mr. Abhi Naha, CEO of Cambridge Wireless, Mr. Risto Harma, Author of World Widows Report, Mr. Alpesh Patel, Co-Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Loomba Foundation, Ms Bee Hayes, CEO of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Mr. Sunil Dahiya, EVP, Global Wadhwani Foundation, Mr. Paulomi Shah, Managing Director of Goldman Sachs, Mr. Raj Gawera, UK CEO of Samsung and, of course, Lord Loomba CBE, Founder and Chairman Trustee of the Loomba Foundation.

International Widows Day 2020

Cycling for Widows 2020 : Press conference at Ludhiana

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

After completing about 4000 km Chris Parsons reached Ludhiana. The cycling started from Kanyakumari on 3rd February 2020 and reached Ludhiana on 13th March, 2020 after passing through various important cities of India like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Varanasi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Delhi and Ambala. Against the target of US $450,000 over 70 % has already been raised by ‘Cycling for Widows 2020’, an initiative by The Loomba Foundation.  The project is supported by Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS), Tech Mahindra Foundation, UPL Limited, OYO rooms, Healthifyme, Godrej, and Gutenberg Communications.

The Loomba Foundation organised a press conference for Chris Parsons so that general public could know about the initiative of Chris Parsons to help poor widows in India. The Loomba Foundation also invited widow beneficiaries from Ludhiana to welcome Chris. These widows were supported by the Loomba Foundation through its empowerment project in Punjab. On this occasion widows showcased garments and other products made by them. The Loomba Foundation aims to empower over 5000 beneficiaries in Jammu and Kashmir with this project, who will be provided vocational training in tourism, hospitality, health, tailoring and food processing.

Cycling for Widows 2020 : Welcoming event at Varanasi

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Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

International lawyer Chris Parsons is cycling 4,500 km in 45 days to raise funds for widows in India, on behalf of The Loomba Foundation. The cycling started from Kanyakumari and has reached Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Against the target of US $450,000 over 70 % has already been raised by ‘Cycling for Widows 2020’, an initiative by The Loomba Foundation.  The project is supported by Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS), Tech Mahindra Foundation, UPL Limited, OYO rooms, Healthifyme, Godrej, and Gutenberg Communications. After covering cities such as Bangalore, Hyderabad and Nagpur, the current stop for the expedition is Varanasi. 

The Loomba Foundation hosted an event in Varanasi to welcome Chris Parsons. Many widow beneficiaries, who were supported in skilling with the funds raised by Chris Parsons, welcomed  him. On this occasion widows showcased garments and other products made by them. The Loomba Foundation aims to empower over 5000 beneficiaries in Jammu and Kashmir with this project, who will be provided vocational training in tourism, hospitality, health, tailoring and food processing.

Cycling for Widows 2020 : Flag off event at Kanyakumari

Organiser : Kumari Mahasabha Nagercoil

Chris Parsons, a lawyer with international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, spends most of his time in India as chairman of the firm’s India practice. He is also a philanthropist and wants to support widows and their children in India. He will start cycling from Kanyakumari to Srinagar on 3rd February, 2020, wherein he will cover 4,500 Kms in 45 days, and aims to raise US$ 450,000 to help widows in India. 

Prof. C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, O P Jindal Law University, hosted an event in association with Kumari Mahasabha Nagercoil in his honour in Kanyakumari. Many guests including Mr. Rishi Pathania of United Phosphorous Ltd., Mr. Prof. Chokalingam, Honorary President, Kumari Mahasabha and many other local leaders were present during the flag off event.