The Loomba Foundation

The Loomba Foundation is an NGO dedicated to improving the lives of widows, in developing countries and in India in particular, through advocacy.

Connect on

Company profile

The Loomba Foundation was founded by Lord Raj Loomba CBE and his wife Veena, Lady Loomba. It was established in the UK by a charitable Trust Deed on 26 June 1997 and has sister charities registered in India and the USA. The inspiration came from Raj’s late mother, Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba, who became a widow at the early age of 37 and succeeded in educating her seven children single-handedly.

The Loomba Foundation was the first global charity that is committed to empowering widows and to educate their children in India and around the world. The core work of the charity is in India; however, it has empowered widows in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Syria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Rwanda, Malawi, Guatemala, and Chile. The Loomba Foundation is proud to have worked in partnerships with the Youth Business International, HRH Prince Charles’ charity, Virgin Unite, Sir Richard Branson’s charity, OXFAM (GB) and UN Women

In addition to empowering widows and educating children of poor widows, the Loomba Foundation is actively engaged in advocacy to improve the lives of widows around the world.

In 2005 the Loomba Foundation launched International Widows Day at the House of Lords in the UK as an effective day of action for widows and their children around the world. After a tireless campaign for five years the UN adopted 23rd of June as the UN International Widows Day at its 65th UN General Assembly in 2010. The 23rd of June is a significant day as it was on this day Lord Loomba’s mother, Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba, became a widow in Punjab in India in 1954. Every year on this date, International Widows Day is observed by the UN and many countries to raise awareness of the plight of widows around the world.

In India, the Loomba Foundation to date has educated over 10,000 children of poor widows in all 30 states and it has empowered over 12,000 impoverished widows in India, through various skills’ training programmes. These skill programmes are designed to help widows to earn money, become self-reliant, educate their children and to break the cycle of poverty.


Location info - The Loomba Foundation

Loomba House
622 Western Avenue
W3 0TF
United Kingdom

Open in google maps

You might also be interested in

Join the Cambridge Wireless network

Become part of our successful community of world-leading
companies, partnerships and individuals

Join today

Subscribe to the CW newsletter

This site uses cookies.

We use cookies to help us to improve our site and they enable us to deliver the best possible service and customer experience. By clicking accept or continuing to use this site you are agreeing to our cookies policy. Learn more

Start typing and press enter or the magnifying glass to search

Sign up to our newsletter
Stay in touch with CW

Choosing to join an existing organisation means that you'll need to be approved before your registration is complete. You'll be notified by email when your request has been accepted.

Your password must be at least 8 characters long and contain at least 1 uppercase character, 1 lowercase character and at least 1 number.

I would like to subscribe to

Select at least one option*