Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck granted an audience to officials from the SOS Children's Villages International, representatives from the Australian Himalayan Foundation, and the former CEO of RENEW Microfinance Private Limited.
Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck's audience to Ms. Lanna Idriss, the Board Executive, and Mr. Anup Tiwari, South East Asian countries representative from the SOS Children's Villages International (SOS). SOS Children's Villages is the world's largest non-governmental organization. They focus on supporting children or young people without parental care and families. SOS assists children in need, protects their interests, and advocates for the rights of children all around the world.
Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck's audience to Mr. Simon Balderstone, the co-founder and chairman, Mr. John McGauran, an active and long-term supporter, and Ms. Carolyn Hammersmith, the former CEO and consultant for the Australian Himalayan Foundation (AHF) in Bhutan. The AHF has been working in partnership with RENEW to support and empower the survivors of domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence through its scholarship program. They ensure that all children in remote parts of the Himalayas have access to life-changing primary education.
Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck's audience to Mr. Bernd Baehr, the former CEO of RENEW Microfinance Private Limited (MFI) and the Country Representative for German Savings Bank Foundation for International Cooperation (SBFIC). MFI is a collaborative partner of RENEW. Under Mr. Bernd's leadership, MFI has successfully established a microfinance system in most parts of the country. MFI helps educate people on the importance of saving money to help them be independent. They provide financial services to those in need, especially women with low income and their families in rural Bhutan, to help improve their quality of life. We bid farewell to Mr. Bernd after seven years of his service and contribution to RENEW MFI and wish him the best in his future endeavours.