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

Launch of empowerment project in central jail, Ambala to empower 1000 widows and women inmates in all 19 district prisons of Haryana.

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

Shri Anil Vij, Hon’ble Minister of Health, Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of Haryana launched The Loomba Foundation’s project in Ambala to empower 1,000 widows and women prisoners in all 19 district prisons of Haryana.

The launch was attended by several dignitaries including Shri Yash Pal Singal, IPS, Director General of Prisons, Haryana; Mr. Vikas Gupta, Joint Managing Director of Earth Infrastructure Ltd.; Mr. Rajeev Sharma, IAS (Retd.), Convenor of Swarn Jayanti Celebrations Authority (SJCA), Haryana; Mr. Deepak Gupta, District and Session Judge, Ambala; Mr. S.P.S Chauhan, Superintendent of Central Jail, Ambala; and, Mr. Rajat Kapoor, Founder of Indian Diaspora Club among others.

Lord Loomba said: “The Loomba Foundation intends to do this project with the sole purpose of helping the prison inmates use their time constructively during their stay in prison and to make them learn some skills which will eventually help them on their release from prison. The inmates will not only be trained to have vocational skills, but various aspects of personal development and the value of education would be equally emphasized. Our mission is to make prisons a place of reformation and give the incarcerated beings a chance to become an asset to the society upon their release.”

Charity Concert at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

The Loomba Foundation organized a charity concert at Siri Fort in New Delhi on Saturday, 5 November, 2016, which was attended by over 1,000 audience. Sh. Ram Bilas Sharma, Education Minister of Haryana was the Chief Guest.

Supported by FICCI, the concert aimed to raise funds for empowering 1,000 widows and female inmates of all 19 district prisons in Haryana. Well-known Punjabi singer and songwriter, Gurdas Maan was the star performer for the evening.

Some of the other top dignitaries, who attended the event among the 1,000 audience included Punjab’s Finance Minister Shri Parminder Singh Dhindsa; Andhra Pradesh Member of Parliament Kesineni Srinivas Nani; former veteran Bollywood singer-actor Salma Agha; renowned scribe Sir Mark Tully; FICCI Secretary General Didar Singh; BSE’s MD & CEO Ashishkumar Chauhan; The Loomba Foundation’s Trustee and Convener of the One Globe Forum, Shri Harjiv Singh; Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee President Shri Manjit Singh GK; Mr. and Mrs. Kuldeep Bishnoi; SunGroup India’s founder and Padmashri recipient Shri Vikramjit Singh Sahney; Bollywood actor, director and producer Akbar Khan; and other senior politicians, diplomats, dignitaries and business leaders.

Annual Gala Dinner at the Dorchester Hotel, London

Organiser: The Loomba Foundation

The Loomba Foundation held its annual gala dinner at the Dorchester Hotel in London on 13 October 2016. Over 300 people gathered to celebrate the Foundation’s work which has been carried out over the last year and to support their continued efforts. The evening was a mix of celebrations: Diwali, the 147th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and International Day of Non-Violence was the theme for the night.

The Guest of Honour was Mr. G. P. Hinduja, Co-Chairman of the Hinduja Foundation, who spoke powerfully about the work of The Loomba Foundation and the importance of this night: raising awareness and much needed funds. He also pledged his support for the Loomba Foundation. The event was a get together of people who cared about the cause and who wanted to help the Loomba Foundation continue its support to widows in India and around the world. This was enabled through a live and silent auction. There were lively contests for some of the offerings on the night, the most popular being a dinner with the famous cricketer M.S. Dhoni, offered personally by Mr. G.P. Hinduja. The proceeds from the evening are used to empower widows in India through the Foundation’s sewing machine projects.

Launch of a partnership project with the Lions Club International Foundation and Lions Clubs International British Isles and Ireland at the British High Commission, New Delhi

Organiser : The Loomba Foundation

The Loomba Foundation launched a partnership project with the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions Clubs International British Isles and Ireland to provide dignified livelihoods to 2,600 impoverished widows in and around India’s holy city of Vrindavan. The Loomba Foundation will provide a two-month certificate-based skills training in tailoring and a foot-operated sewing machine on successful completion of this course.

This project was launched by the Honourable Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, British High Commissioner to India, at his residence in New Delhi. He said “The British Commission in India congratulates the Loomba Foundation, the Lions Club International Foundation and the Lions Clubs International – British Isles and Ireland for their tireless efforts in support of this worthy cause.”