At their February meeting, Wellingborough Lions agreed to help fund 16 sewing machines destined for widows in India.
Lions Clubs around the world have partnered the Loomba Foundation to support its sewing machine project to empower disadvantaged widows by enabling them to become financially self-sufficient, giving them back their self esteem.
There are currently 245 million widows with over 500 million children worldwide.
Widowed women experience targeted murder, rape, prostitution, forced marriage, property theft, eviction and social isolation.
HIV/AIDS, ethnic cleansing, armed conflict and poverty are among the most prolific causes of widowhood across the globe.
The University of Northampton conducted research and found that the sewing machine project has a ten-fold impact.
As we empower one widow she will be able to educate three children and support, on average, six family members.
The Lions Clubs International Foundation has pledged to donate 2000 sewing machines to the Loomba Foundation in India.
Wellingborough Lions are delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile project.