Charity: An international secular, non-political service organisation, the Lions Clubs International Foundation donated a Mahindra ambulance to NGO RENEW’s (Respect, Educate, Nurture and Empower Women) Happy Home Clinic.

The service organisation’s president, Bob Corlew handed over the vehicle to RENEW at its Gawailing Happy Home Shelter located in Selekha, Thimphu yesterday.

Tandin Wangmo said that the ambulance will go a long way in enhancing the NGO’s services to its clients in emergencies. “We assure the Lions that this donation will be something that you all can always be proud of,” Tandin Wangmo said.

Bob Corlew said that Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organisation with 46,000 clubs and more than 1.4 million members in 210 countries around the world. “We all work together to make our entire world a better place to live.”

He said that the local members of the Lions Clubs in Bhutan are working hard to make Bhutan an even better place to live and he is happy that the ambulance will be used. Lions Club of Druk Thimphu, Bhutan was formed in April 2010.

“As lions we are always looking for ways where we can help, for ways to do more and we are also looking for more people who wants to give back to community,” Bob Corlew said.

A unit of RENEW’s counseling services, Gawailing Happy Home provides emergency shelter to survivors of domestic violence, gender-based violence and sexual abuse. The home had taken in 744 clients between 2008 and 2015, including boys and men. Currently, RENEW has 13 children who are placed in a nearby central school.

Tandin Wangmo said that during vacations, RENEW receives many requests from school principals because this is the only safe place the school management can think of for children whose parents do not come to take them home for the holidays and also because the school is not willing to let the children go home to abusive families.

Lions Clubs International had donated IT equipment worth USD 65,000 to Muenselling Institute for the visually impaired in Khaling, Trashigang last year.

Dechen Tshomo