The Loomba Foundation, a global NGO accredited with the United Nations has announced a partnership project with the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions Clubs International British Isles and Ireland to provide dignified livelihoods to 2600 impoverished widows in and around India’s holy city of Vrindavan.
Under this project, The Loomba Foundation will provide a two-months certificate-based skills training in garment stitching to poor widows, and a foot-operated sewing machine on successful completion of this course. The Loomba Foundation’s Global Widows Report, the most authoritative and comprehensive country-wise data source on the plight of widows, reveals that there are more than 259 million widows worldwide with over 584 million dependent children. At 46.5 million, India now has become the country with the highest number of widows globally.
Launching the sewing machine project, Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner to India said, “The British High Commission in India congratulates The Loomba Foundation, the Lions Club International Foundation and the Lions Clubs International – British Isles & Ireland for their tireless efforts in support of this worthy cause.”
Raj Loomba, Founder and Chairman-Trustee of The Loomba Foundation, said, “ The ancient city of Vrindavan is also known as the ‘city of widows’ where women come after the death of their husbands, and are forced to live in deplorable conditions under abject poverty, neglect and abandonment.”
“I also invite other organizations and people to come forward and support this cause of needy widows in India and other parts of the world.”
According to the agreement between The Loomba Foundation and Lions Clubs International Foundation, the project will initially start in Vrindavan for 650 widows and will cover three other areas each for 650 widows. The Loomba Foundation will work closely with the Lions Clubs International Foundation’s Past President Lion Barry Palmer, who will periodically visit India to review the progress of the project.
Since almost two decades, The Loomba Foundation has been empowering several thousands of widows in different parts of the country. It has also provided five-year-long education scholarships to more than 10,000 children of poor widows and supported more than 60,000 of their family members across 29 states in India. Currently, it is educating about 1600 children of poor widows in 13 states of India including Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttarakhand.