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Empowering Refugees Through Education

Elizabeth Roscoe, Executive Director, Western Union Foundation   On this World Refugee Day, I want to share the story of Abdulazez*, who was forced to leave his home in Syria with his family. They ended up in a refugee camp in Greece with thousands of other people, living in tents through the heat and the cold, waiting in long lines for food and not knowing what the future would bring. But despite these harsh conditions, Abdulazez says that smiles and ...

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#IAmMore Than a Refugee

By Elizabeth Roscoe Around the world, Western Union employees and NGOs have helped us stand #withrefugees – to empower them through education and job training. This month, in recognition of Immigrant Heritage Month and World Refugee Day, we are on a mission to give refugees a voice – to share with the world that these global citizens are so much more than their current circumstances. To do this, the Western Union Foundation has launched the #IAmMore Challenge, a new social media-based awareness ...

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Western Union & the Western Union Foundation Provide Humanitarian Relief to Yemen

Sana’a, Yemen – June 13, 2017 – The Western Union Company and the Western Union Foundation today announced a coordinated response involving the company’s employees, its agents and global non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide humanitarian relief to millions of people in Yemen. The Western Union Foundation has committed USD$ 100,000 to the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) to support their work to provide urgently needed food, prevent the risk of cholera and help those who are already affected. The Foundation will also provide a ...

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WU Foundation Responds to Flooding in Sri Lanka

The Western Union Foundation is supporting the Red Cross and its efforts to provide emergency services to the affected communities in Sri Lanka where recent flooding and mudslides have displaced more than 600,000 people and killed at least 200 people. The Foundation will provide USD$20,000 to the response efforts so the Red Cross can provide the following services: Immediate shelter and household items to more than 800 families Mobilize volunteers to conduct First Aid services at 30+ medical camps Distribute clean water and promote ...

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Changing Lives, Building Communities

By Jean-Claude Farah On the 2nd of May, I represented the Western Union Foundation as a Director of the WU Foundation Board, on a visit to the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) centers in Northern Uganda. Together, with Forest Whitaker, CEO WPDI, I was introduced to several programs. It was an incredibly moving experience to be among so many people who have lived through extreme conflict and are now rebuilding their lives. The day started when WPDI CEO Forest ...

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WU Scholars Applications Are In

By Elizabeth Roscoe In March, the Western Union Foundation launched a new global scholarship program, WU Scholars, to help aspiring students around the world to pursue a post-secondary education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), business and entrepreneurship leading to better employment opportunities. I’m inspired by the tremendous response the program has received from aspiring applicants and Western Union Agents who have stepped up to support students in their local communities.   Here’s a snapshot ...

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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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