SI Helena August Guest Speaker – August 2011
Our dinner meeting this month was a little different with the venue changing at the last minute to The Rose and Crown in Guildford due to a black out in the Midland area.
After dinner, we went down to the cellar to hear from our guest speakers SI Cambridge member Pamela Fruin who is also an ambassador for RENEW and Michelle Hogan who is the director of Our Secret Bhutan.
RENEW stands for Respect, Educate, Nuture and Empower Women and is the only NGO in Bhutan that supports disadvantaged women and girls. RENEW was established in 2004 by Her Majesty Queen Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck, the Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Its vision is “to empower disadvantaged girls and women in Bhutan and integrate them back into their own communities as independent, socially and economically productive members of the society.”
Pamela shared photos from her trip to Bhutan last year when she delivered red beanies and scarves made by Soroptimists to nuns in Bhutan as part of the Red Beanie Thunder Dragon Project.
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