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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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Empowering the future generation of Mexican Female Leaders

Through Education for Better, the Western Union Foundation works to create a world where access to quality education is a right for everyone. This global corporate and philanthropic commitment, which runs through 2020, draws on Foundation strategic philanthropy and the strength of Western Union® business assets; placing a key focus on empowering women, youth, migrants and refugees through traditional and skills-based education. To highlight our philanthropic efforts, we’re placing a spotlight on WU Foundation grantee and guest blogger, the U....

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Western Union Foundation Supports WPDI Peacebuilding Program

Kiryandongo, Uganda, January 05, 2016 – The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) is proud to announce that the Western Union Foundation has pledged a three-year grant totaling USD$1,119,000 to support WPDI’s peacebuilding initiative at a refugee camp in Kiryandongo, Uganda. This funding will help provide access to life-skills and conflict-resolution education for 10,000 refugees at the camp, as part of a new program that will be unveiled over the coming months. WPDI founder and CEO Forest Whitaker spoke excitedly about the collaboration ...

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#GivingTuesday: Celebrating positive change through giving.

By Elizabeth Roscoe, Executive Director, Western Union Foundation November 29, 2016, is #GivingTuesday, a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites and engages nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals around the world. Now in its fifth year, through the generosity of people around the world, #GivingTuesday helps bring about real change in local communities—providing a platform for the donation of time, resources and talent ...

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We’re there when people need us.

By: Elizabeth Roscoe, Executive Director, Western Union Foundation Today, according to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, more than 65.3 million people – approximately one out of every 114 people on earth – has been forcibly displaced from their homes due to wars, conflict and persecution. And while attention has recently focused on Syrian refugees arriving in Europe, this is a global crisis of enormous proportions, impacting just about every region of the world. It’s heartbreaking to hear about the many people who have ...

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Answering the call for help.

According to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, wars, conflict and persecution have forced an unprecedented 65.3 million people to flee their homes. This staggering number represents approximately one out of every 113 people on earth.[1] Western Union and the Western Union Foundation have a long history of supporting organizations and issues related to migration, refugees and humanitarian crisis. That’s why, on July 1, 2016, when President Barack Obama challenged the U.S. private sector to support refugees, Western Union once again stepped up ...

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“This is Not a Political Crisis, but a Human One”

“This is Not a Political Crisis, but a Human One” Hello, I’m Maher Kayali. I’m responsible for the Western Union (WU) North America Diaspora markets, based in Denver. I was born in Damascus, Syria, and migrated to the United States at an early age. Damascus is the capital of Syria, also known as the oldest city in the world. It also means home to me. It’s where I grew up and played football (soccer) on the streets. ...

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Western Union Stands With Refugees

The Global Humanitarian Crisis:  A Personal View Living in France, I have been closely watching the conflict in the eastern part of Europe unfold for several months.  I also have the honor of leading customer relationship management and corporate social responsibility for a global company, whose purpose-driven mission is to help create better lives for the people and communities it serves, so this particular crisis hits home personally and professionally. However, it wasn’t until a recent visit to Turkey ...

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