I’d like to share some exciting news as we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Europa Forum whereby we will be working with Lions Cubs International on more projects. This means we can help even more widows in India. The idea behind this is to provide sewing machines to widows and the Lions will match and then double our donation. This is known as a 1-2-4 model and means that for every sewing machine the Loomba Foundation provides, it will be doubled twice. Therefore if we provide 1 sewing machine through any donations from our supporters, it will turn into 4 machines! We will of course need to discuss and explore this agreement in more detail and, we will keep you up to date on any developments.
I am very pleased to announce that our partnership to help 5,000 widows in the State of Punjab has gone live! It makes me very happy when a project actually starts and it is also the state where I was born which makes it even more satisfying. It takes a lot of work and patience to get some projects in motion so I’m very grateful to my team in London and India for all their hard work as well the government in Punjab for becoming partners. The involvement of the government in Punjab is a key factor in not only helping widows but creating awareness that we hope other states will follow.
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Punjab inaugurates the Loomba Foundation’s partnership project in Ludhiana in Punjab on 22nd August 2014
International Widows Day on the 23rd June 2014 is fast approaching and we will be involved in a number of events. Therefore, I want to take this opportunity to let you know you about these occasions. The Loomba Foundation is organising two events, one in London in the House of Lords and the other one is in India in Delhi.
House of Lords, London
A dinner is being held at the House of Lords in the Cholmondeley Room on 23rd June 2014. This event will be attended by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Cherie Blair CBE QC, the Indian High Commissioner Mr Ramjan Mathai, Lord Dholakia of Waltham Brooks and Barry Palmer from the International Lions Club. In total there will be approximately 120 guests.
Parliament at Night. Photo Courtesy of UK Parliament