The Loomba Foundation, a global NGO accredited with the United Nations under DPI and ECOSOC, 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-month certificate-based skills training in garment stitching to poor widows, and a foot-operated sewing machine on successful completion of this course.
The launch event at the British High Commissioner’s residence was attended by several dignitaries, including the first vice president of Lions Clubs International Foundation and The Loomba Foundation’s patrons Sir Mark Tully OBE and Padma Vikramjit Singh Sahney; Trustees Aruna Oswal, Balbir Singh Kakar, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa. Lion Max Mongia, who played a critical role in forging this partnership project, travelled from London specially to attend the launch. The British High Commissioner felicitated all dignitaries.
According to the agreement between The Loomba Foundation and the 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.