Nov 10, 2016
The performance at the charity concert was organized by The Loomba Foundation.
New Delhi: Supported by FICCI, the concert for empowerment of widows, organized by The Loomba Foundation, aimed to raise funds for empowering 1000 widows and female inmates of all 19 district prisons in Haryana.
Well-known Punjabi singer and songwriter, Gurdas Maan was the star performer for the evening. Appreciating the cause undertaken by The Loomba Foundation, Gurdas Maan started his performance by offering his prayers and saluting the soldiers. He also played a mesmerizing rendition on piano and showcased the first edition of his monthly journey vlog, Jeeyo, from the Arizona-based Grand Canyon National Park to promote a spirit of unity and harmony and giving back to mother nature by planting trees.
The event also showcased energetic bhangra dance performances and solos sung by popular TV anchor, dancer, singer, poetess, and chairperson of the Punjab Arts Council, Satinder Satti, who also recited a poem seeking justice for widows.
Haryana’s Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma was the Chief Guest at a charity concert for empowerment of widows organized by The Loomba Foundation, a global NGO accredited with the United Nations under DPI and ECOSOC, recently.
Highlighting the work being done by his government for upliftment of widows and women, Haryana’s education minister Ram Bilas Sharma said, “India’s philosophy is based on sacrifice and philanthropy. On 22 January 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign in Haryana. Our government gives Rs.1600/- as pension for poor widows and we also provide Rs.51,000/- as a grant for wedding of the daughters of impoverished widows. We try to wipe tears from as many eyes as possible. There are 25 crore widows and their 58 crore children in the world. The desire to want to help them and empower them requires the kind of passion that Lord Loomba has. I hope that this plant sown by Lord Loomba bears fruits for uplifting widows for years to come.”
UK’s former First Lady and the President of The Loomba Foundation, Mrs. Cherie Blair CBE QC, said, “Even in this hall, each one of us has had a widow in their friends, relatives or family. It matters all over the world because we are not giving everyone an equal chance in life. I love the work we do at The Loomba Foundation because while providing a sewing machine and training may be a small business, it goes a long way in supporting the widows and their children, who deserve a better life.”
Founder and Chairman-Trustee Lord Raj Loomba CBE showed a video on the work done by The Loomba Foundation including the Varanasi project flagged off by PM Narendra Modi earlier this year. He stressed on the urgency and urged the audience to help in the fund raising effort to train 1000 widows and female inmates of Haryana’s district prisons. Lord Loomba CBE said, “Widows are the victims of double discrimination. India alone has more than 46.5 million widows and I sincerely hope that more and more people will play a bigger role in eradicating the stigma related to widowhood.”
The Foundation successfully campaigned for the declaration of International Widows’ Day by the United Nations, which takes place on 23rd June every year around the world.