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…]