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From Aleppo to Istanbul to Denver: “We had to get out for our children.”

For two years, a mother and her children huddled inside their dark home, only venturing out when it was absolutely necessary. And when they did, it was dangerous. Planes flew overhead, barrel bombs and missiles rained down, and snipers took shots from inside ruined buildings as those who were left scurried past the piles of rubble where homes, schools, offices and shops once stood. The following story, written for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) by freelance writer and IRC volunteer ...

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WU & WU Foundation Join WPDI for Uganda Visit

Western Union Chief Executive Officer Hikmet Ersek, Chief Compliance Officer and WU Foundation Board Chair Jacqueline Molnar, and Western Union Chief of Staff to the CEO Nicole Vogrin, visited the Kiryandongo refugee settlement in Uganda in December to see firsthand the work of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI), a Western Union Foundation beneficiary. The visit culminated in the graduation of WPDI’s first class of Trainers of Trainees (ToTs), who will become the leaders that bring WPDI’s ...

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WU Executives Visit Uganda To Recognize Young Graduates

CEO & Chief Compliance Officer attend graduation ceremony to reaffirm >$1M pledge to Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative On a recent trip to Uganda, Denver-based Western Union Chief Executive Officer, Hikmet Ersek and Chief Compliance Officer and Western Union Foundation Board Chair, Jacqueline Molnar provided leadership training and had the opportunity to see firsthand how one non-profit’s peacebuilding initiative is working to transform the country and support young people from war-torn regions of Uganda and South Sudan. Earlier ...

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Meet Oliver, a University of Denver Student & 2017 WU Scholar Recipient

Oliver is one of 174 WU Scholars recipients selected to receive a USD $2,500.00 scholarship from the Western Union Foundation for demonstrating academic excellence, as well as perseverance, aspiration and community-mindedness. The WU Scholars Program is a global program focused on supporting students around the world to pursue an undergraduate education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), business and entrepreneurship. Oliver is using the scholarship to continue his studies in business, entrepreneurship and real-estate – and he plans to continue ...

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Western Union Moves Cash into Puerto Rico

In Readiness to Serve Customers Placing currency directly into the hands of our customers has long been a Western Union strength, empowering people to pay for necessities during the course of everyday life, which becomes even more essential in times of natural, economic or political disasters. Today, our company is preparing to transport physical currency into Puerto Rico and hold it securely until our Agent network is ready to service the millions of residents impacted by Hurricane Maria. Western Union ...

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WU Foundation Responds to Mexico City Earthquake

By Elizabeth Roscoe Executive Director WU Foundation The Western Union Foundation is supporting efforts to provide emergency services and disaster relief to the people of Mexico City and its surrounding areas following this week’s earthquake. According to officials, the death toll keeps rising and multiple buildings – including schools – were destroyed. The Foundation is donating USD $30,000 to Save the Children, one of our disaster relief partners, which is setting up psychosocial support and “friendly spaces” for children in schools and ...

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The WU Foundation Awards 174 Scholarships Globally

WU Scholars Class of 2017 Represents 65 Countries, 153 Colleges and Universities Today, the Western Union Foundation awarded 174 scholarships to post-secondary students resident in 65 countries as a part  of the WU Scholars Program*. The global program is focused on supporting students around the world who are pursuing a post-secondary education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), business and entrepreneurship. The WU Scholars Class of 2017 represents 65 countries, 153 colleges and universities, and 65 percent recipients are female. Each student will receive USD $2,500 (or ...

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The WU Foundation Awards 174 Scholarships Globally

WU Scholars Class of 2017 Represents 65 Countries, 153 Colleges and Universities Today, the Western Union Foundation awarded 174 scholarships to post-secondary students resident in 64 countries as a part  of the WU Scholars Program*. The global program is focused on supporting students around the world who are pursuing a post-secondary education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), business and entrepreneurship. The WU Scholars Class of 2017 represents 65 countries, 153 colleges and universities, and 65 percent recipients are female. Each student will receive USD $2,500 (or ...

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Meet the WU Scholars Class of 2017

Congratulations to the WU Scholars Class of 2017.  174 students from 65 countries, representing 153 colleges and universities around the world, were chosen for this inaugural class.  To demonstrate how WU Scholars are working hard to change the world, below are a few of the winners from the Class of 2017.  More information about the program can be found at WUScholars.org. Dedicated to the well-being of children, Felice has chosen to pursue a degree in Psychology to help those impacted by trauma live healthy, ...

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Ebola’s Long Shadow: After the Epidemic, Moms and Babies Remain Victims or are Still Suffering

Heidi Murkoff, author of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” We all remember the horrific Ebola outbreak that gripped West Africa just a couple of years ago. More than 11,000 people died from the virus, most of them in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Children were orphaned, parents were left childless, entire families were nearly wiped out. Yet as heartbreaking as the immediate human toll of Ebola was, the deadly ripple effects of the epidemic were far more wide-reaching. No ...

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