YDF president and vice president on seven day visit to India
Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Tshering Pem Wangchuck, president of YDF, and Her Royal Highness Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, vice president of YDF, are on a seven-day visit to New Delhi, India from 26 April-5 May 2015.
During the visit to New Delhi Her Majesty and Her Highness met with President - Mr. Uday Khemka - of partner nonprofit organization `Youthreach last Thursday.
The YDF’s collaboration with Indian NGO Youth reach started in 2012 after YDF became a member of International Youth Foundation. The `Passport to Success: A Life Skills’ Program is the main collaborative project between YDF and Youthreach at the moment. The discussions between YDF and Youthreach included the possibility of exploring further areas of collabo- ration in strengthening YDF’s program in livelihood skills, youth leadership, mentorship and volunteerism programs.
Her Majesty and Her Highness also visited the `Youth Empowerment Success’ project at Lal Kaun center and interacted with the girls at the center. The Lal Kaun center facilitates work readiness programs for young girls from rural areas and aims at empowering them through education and life skills development.
The YDF has been working in the area of youth development since 1999 and is one of the first civil societies to be registered in Bhutan. Since its establishment, YDF has been able to reach and make a difference in the lives of many young people through its main programs: youth participation and child protection, empowerment for employment, drug education, prevention and rehabilitation, and scholarships.
Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Tshering Pem Wangchuck, president of YDF, with the External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on April 30,2015. ( Pic courtesy : Ministry of External Affairs , India )