After Grand Duke Henri had received the president of Miami University early this morning, it was the Grand Duchess' time for an audience. Shortly before noon, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa welcomed Siddharta Kaul, president of SOS-Kinderdorf-International, Marjolijne Frieden, president of the Luxembourgish branch of SOS-Kinderdorf-International, and Sophie Molitor, director of the Luxembourgish branch of SOS-Kinderdorf-International, at the palais.
Having its origins in Austria under the name SOS-Kinderdorf, SOS Children's Villages is an independent, non-governmental international development organisation which has been working to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of children since 1949. Its international umbrella organisation, SOS-Kinderdorf International, was founded in 1960, after national associations had been established in France, Germany and Italy in addition to the original Austrian one. The Grand Duchess is the patron of the Luxembourgish SOS-Kinderdorf association.