Herve Duteil discovered our work some years ago, shortly after he had been given the position of heading up the corporate responsibilities branch of the bank. Part of his job was to bring awareness to the bank’s employees about some of the critical issues facing the world. Global poverty was certainly one of those issues, and The Forgotten International worked with Herve in bringing the stories of the world’s poor to the bank. The truth is that but for Herve, we would not have had the opportunity to meet many fine people, not only at the BNP Paribas Bank, but also at Bank of the West here in California. He has been a wonderful friend and supporter of TFI.
Pierre-Emmanuel Bouyer came to a presentation that TFI gave at BNP Paribas Bank a few years ago, but instead of walking out of the room afterwards, he decided to stay and learn more. He eventually visited one of the programs TFI supports in Peru and, while there, served the children at that facility. Later, he worked with the bank to encourage their support and also reached out to family and friends to help the impoverished children he had met. Pierre has done this for a number of years, and we greatly appreciate his commitment to these children.
Marie-Laure de Bailliencourt
Marie-Laure de Bailliencourt took it upon herself to start a volunteer program at BNP Paribas Bank whereby employees would travel to Peru to provide technical assistance to an organization that was in much need of various kinds of professional advise and services. Knowing that they also needed financial support, Marie-Laure pulled together a variety of fundraising events at the bank, which raised a substantial amount of funds to pay for many projects at an orphanage and school TFI has been supporting for a number of years. We are grateful to Marie-Laure for her compassion and enthusiasm in helping these young people