Homage at The Golden Temple in the Holy City of Amritsar

Mrs. Blair travelled to Amritsar to pay homage at the Golden temple, the holiest temple for the Sikhs. This visit was extensively covered in the India and global media, as it was the first time that she had visited this holy shrine. The Akali Dal took note of her visit and honoured her.

Village Students Dance with Joy at Mrs. Blair Visit

Early next morning, Mrs Blair and her entourage set off for Dhilwan Village where she was warmly welcomed by the local leaders, the staff and the students of the school. Mrs Blair toured the school, met the students and especially the ones sponsored by The Loomba Trust. She learnt of the problems of their widowed mothers striving against poverty and how their lives had changed after assistance from The Loomba Trust. The students greeted her joyously with typical Punjabi folk songs and dances and invited Mrs Blair and Mrs Veena Loomba to join them.

Loomba Trust Upgrades Village School

From Mumbai, Mrs Blair and her party flew to Chandigarh to meet the Chief Minister for Punjab, Mr Prakash Singh Badal, some senior Ministers and officers of the state government. On behalf of The Loomba Trust, she signed an agreement with the Punjab Government to renovate, refurbish and provide sanitation and drinking water for a school in Dhilwan Village, near Kapurthala, at a cost of Rupees ten million – half of this to be met by The Loomba Trust and the other half by the Punjab Government. The school will be renamed Shri Jagiri Lal Loomba Memorial School in memory of the late father of Mr Raj Loomba. Mr Raj Loomba was born in this village and later migrated to Britain where he became a successful businessman. In the evening, the Punjab Chief Minister hosted a dinner at his residence in honour of Mrs Blair and her party.

Priyadarshani Academy Honoured President of the Loomba Trust in Mumbai

The Priyadarshani Academy honoured Mrs Blair with a memento for her humanitarian work. In her speech, she announced enhanced cooperation between The Loomba Trust and the Priyadarshani Academy in assisting widows and their children. The dinner organized by the Priyadarshani Academy also honoured Mr Raj Loomba, Lord Dholakia and Mrs Veena Loomba for their contribution to the Trust. Mr Jayantorao Patil, Hon Minister for Finance and Planning of Maharashtra was the Chief Guest and Mr Suresh Prabhu; M.P. was the Guest of Honour. Celebrity guests included the Sheriff of Mumbai, Mr Burman of Dabur, actor Poonam Dhillon and actor Nagma, among others.

President Cherie Blair Saw Film Shooting with Underprivileged Children at Bollywood Studio in Mumbai

On her maiden visit to Mumbai, Mrs. Cherie Blair accompanied a group of underprivileged children together with their widowed mothers, to experience the glamour of Bollywood Studios. They visited the sets of ‘Aladdin’ in Film City and met the stars. She gifted sweets to the children who are beneficiaries of the Loomba Trust scholarships.

The Loomba Trust Honoured by NRI Institute in Delhi

The NRI Institute of India honoured the Loomba Trust in recognition of the exemplary work to raise awareness of the plight of poor widows and their children around the world.

The Award was presented to the Founder Chairman Trustee, Mr. Raj Loomba by the British High Commissioner, Sir Richard Stagg at a glittering dinner at the Intercontinental Hotel
in New Delhi on 8th January, 2008.

The Loomba Trust 500 Club Launched in India

Sir Richard Stagg KCMG, British High Commissioner to India, hosted the inauguration of The Loomba Trust 500 Club at his residence in New Delhi. The Loomba Trust 500 Club is an initiative that will enable individuals to educate a poor widow’s child by donating just Rs. 500 per month or a lump sum of Rs 6,000 for the year. The entire donation will go to the beneficiary and the administration cost will be borne by the Loomba Trust.

The aim of this new initiative is to increase the existing number of beneficiaries of 100 to 1,000 in the state of Delhi. Each beneficiary is selected irrespective of gender, religion, or class. Unlike the previous initiatives, the Trust has expanded the donor pool to a larger population base who may be interested in contributing to the cause.

The launch was attended by over 200 prominent and generous people in Delhi. The Trust raised Rs. 450,000 at the event through donations and auction of gifts kindly donated by Porsche, Ultra Motors, Opera Wines and Mr. Vikram Sahney.

Global Operation extended to Kenya

A gala dinner on Saturday 4 April 2009, marked the official launch of the Loomba Trust in Kenya and was attended by many distinguished guests, including Cherie Blair, President of the Loomba Trust, Founder and Chairman Trustee, Raj Loomba CBE and Graham Shaw, Chairman of KYBT.

Working in association with HRH Prince Charles’ charity, Prince’s Youth Business International and the Kenya Youth Business Trust, the Loomba Trust already has a pilot project underway in Nairobi which has helped 28 young widows set up businesses.

The Loomba Trust Empowers 500 Genocide Widows in Rwanda

The Loomba Trust, in partnership with Oxfam and the Mayor of Kigali, came together to empower and support 850 poor widows, including 500 survivors of the genocide through a range of self-help initiatives, including mushroom growing.

His Excellency, President Paul Kagame hosted a dinner to officially launch the Loomba Trust in Rwanda and the partnership programme on the eve of the official week of mourning for the 1994 genocide, in which 1,000,000 innocent victims, including half of the male heads of all households, were slaughtered.

Dr. Barry Humphreys Farewell lunch at the House of Lords

The Loomba Trust, in association with the Commonwealth Business Council and the UK India Business Council, hosted a lunch at the House of Lords in honour of Dr. Barry Humphreys who had recently retired as Director of External Affairs and Route Development at Virgin Atlantic after 13 years.

Mrs. Cherie Blair, President of the Loomba Trust and Founder and Chairman Trustee, Raj Loomba CBE, thanked Dr. Barry Humphreys for his continued support of the Loomba Trust, through Virgin Atlantic over the years and is continuing to do so in his retirement.