Invisible, Forgotten Sufferers: Plight of Widows
Most people are unaware that there are over 100 million widows living in poverty today. 81 million widows have been abused and millions and have been ostracised and abandoned around the world, simply because they are widows. An unknown number of widows have been targeted for rape, torture and murder, others are forced into prostitution and re-marriage and many are victims of property theft, social isolation, physical and psychological abuse. It is shocking: what’s more shocking is how few people are aware of this gross violation of Human Rights.
The Loomba Foundation is currently working to help widows as follows:
Educating Children of Poor Widows
To date we have educated over 10,000 children and at present we are responsible for 1,600 children going to school in 13 states.
To make a donation to educate a child click here.
Empowering Widows using Sewing Machines
We set a target of helping 10,000 widows and we are on course to reach this target very soon. Our live and recent projects include the following areas/states: Punjab, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry and Patna.
To make a donation for sewing machines click here.
Chris Parsons Walks 1,260km for Widows
One of our supporters who is inspired by our vision to alleviate the suffering of widows decided to make a significant contribution to our fundraising. Chris Parsons is an accomplished lawyer celebrating 30 years with Herbert Smith Freehills in London, where he is a senior partner with special responsibility for Indian affairs as chairman of the India practice. To mark 30 years service, Chris decided to walk 30 marathons in 30 days in India, all in support of the Loomba Foundation.
We are happy to announce that Chris completed his journey on 8th February 2015 and ended up walking a total of 1,260km from Mumbai to Bangalore. A truly remarkable feat. Chris wrote a blog every day during his 30 days and you can read about his amazing journey HERE.