Educating the Children of Widows

Scholarship Cheques

One area we have been involved since the inception of the Loomba Foundation is the education of children belonging to widows. I know from personal experience how important this is and also, when a woman becomes a widow in India there is usually no money for living purposes let alone educating their children. As a result children are quite often forced to work either in the streets or in factories. Sending a child to school is a cost a widow can’t afford as they need a uniform, exercise books, etc.  Therefore, over the years we have helped to educate children and here is an update on the numbers.

Scholarship Cheques

Children showing off their scholarship cheques after a presentation ceremony

Before I provide any figures I just want to advise that when our supporters help us to send a child to school we make a 5 year commitment. This means there is a guarantee in place that the education they receive is long lasting rather than stopping and starting which isn’t particularly helpful. In India there is a presentation ceremony whereby we hand out the cheques to the children as you can see from the above photo. If you want to get involved in helping to educate a child please visit this page. [Read more…]

Rashida and her sewing machine

Widows training sewing

We help widows through our sewing machine project and the idea is to make them self sufficient so they can live a life of dignity. We have a target of helping 10,000 widows and we are running projects in Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Patna and Pondicherry. It only costs £50 to supply a sewing machine and training which is not a lot of money if you consider the impact it has on someone’s life.

Widows training sewing

Rashida’s Story

In order to give you an insight into what life is like for a widow before and after entering our program, I’d like to share Rashida’s story. [Read more…]