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A History of Inspiring Hope Around the World

Since its inception, the Western Union Foundation has strived to create opportunity for refugees and immigrants through grants that support education, skills training, language classes and more. Through our partnership with NGOs, the Foundation is proud to support individuals and communities seeking economic opportunity. Here are a few ways that the Western Union Foundation has been Standing #WithRefugees and immigrants throughout the years

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WU & WU Foundation Provide Disaster Relief in Colombia

By Elizabeth Roscoe, Executive Director of the Western Union Foundation Western Union and the Western Union Foundation are supporting relief efforts, to help address the most critical needs of those in Mocoa, Colombia and surrounding areas. The Western Union Foundation is committing USD$ 25,000 to Mercy Corps who will help hundreds of families in Mocoa meet their urgent needs and begin to recover from this disaster. Mercy Corps will distribute more than 19,000 water purifiers to ensure families have access to clean ...

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Creating hope for refugees & former child soldiers

Monday Collins life story is one that is familiar to the Trainers at the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) in northern Uganda. As a former child soldier, he says that his “life story was not a good one to tell”. WPDI helped Monday to rebuild his life after escaping and returning to his community.  WPDI helped him discover his talent as an artist and turn it into a business opportunity. Today, Monday creates art and designs bracelets, necklaces and ...

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Western Union Foundation Offers Relief to Peru

Last week, Peru faced extensive rain resulting in severe flooding. The Western Union Foundation has committed USD$5,000.00 to the Red Cross in support of local relief efforts. The Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, is also supporting Peruvian people and their families affected by the recent severe flooding with a no-fee Domestic Money Transfers in Soles for a week, between Saturday, March 18th, and Sunday, March 26th, from select Agent locations in Peru* and the Western Union ...

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Accelerating learning for refugee students in Austria.

By Elizabeth Roscoe, Executive Director, Western Union Foundation   Teach For All creativity accelerates learning for refugee students in Austria. Through the Education for Better program, the Foundation is teaming up with organizations like Teach For All to expand educational opportunity and address inequities in education that can contribute to worldwide challenges. Foundation grants are supporting Teach For All partner organizations in Austria, Germany, Lithuania, France and the UK, helping expand efforts to bring more new leaders into education. Since 2007, ...

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WU Scholars Program Launches on International Women’s Day

Continues Commitment to Education  By Elizabeth Roscoe, Executive Director, Western Union Foundation Today marks International Women’s Day – a day set aside each year to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. It’s also a time to reflect on progress made toward gender equality and to call for sustainable change and action. Although progress has been made, there is still a long way to go. At the Western Union Foundation, we believe education ...

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It’s Time to #BeBoldForChange

To Create a Level Playing Field for Women It’s our belief that every girl, everywhere, should have the chance to pursue her dreams and be in the race. And it starts with education. That’s why we’re proud to support International Women’s Day to help break down barriers to education and empower a bolder generation of young women to achieve their true potential Given this global conversation, we recently commissioned a multi-generational survey of 5,000 women in five ...

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A Portrait of Simon Owor

Meet Simon Owor, a former child soldier from the northern part of Uganda in Pader District, who was abducted by the Lord Resistance Army (LRA). One night, he lost an eardrum during an exchange of gun fire with the Ugandan Army (UPDF) in South Sudan. Today, Simon is an Electrician and Engineer and owns a repair and electrical appliances shop in Wakiso, Uganda. He opened the business with a grant from the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI). Through the ...

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Improving the integration & employability of students

Continuing a long tradition of supporting projects fostering education, cultural diversity and equal opportunities in Austria, the Western Union Foundation has launched an innovative “SEED – Growing Ideas” initiative, in cooperation with the Austrian Ministry of Education and the Teach for Austria Alumni organization. The project’s aim is to improve education, integration and employability of students from low socio-economic backgrounds in Vienna, particularly children of refugees, migrants, and local families. It focuses on addressing the challenges the Austrian education system ...

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NAF Sets the Tone for the Future of Women in STEM

In many places around the world, where someone is born and their socioeconomic background can determine the kind of education they receive – and as a result, their opportunities in life. Although strides have been made, there are still challenges to creating a world where access to quality education is a right for everyone. Through Education for Better, the Western Union Foundation is helping address these challenges through grants to NGO partners that focus on empowering women, youth, migrants and refugees ...

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