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WU Foundation’s Response to the Sierra Leone Mudslides

By Elizabeth Roscoe The Western Union Foundation is supporting the Red Cross in its efforts to provide emergency services to the affected communities in Sierra Leone, where recent flooding and mudslides have killed at least 400 people and displaced thousands more. We are donating USD $10,000 to the Red Cross, so that it can provide the community with urgently needed clean water, shelter, hygiene kits and other essential supplies. Our hearts go out to the families affected by the devastation in Sierra ...

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Rebuilding Lives After Disaster Strikes

This past spring, deadly mudslides tore through Mocoa, Colombia, killing and injuring more than 650 people and devastating the area. In response, the Western Union Foundation provided financial support to Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian aid agency which swung into action to assist in the recovery effort. In this guest blog, Britt Rosenberg, Director of Corporate Partnerships at Mercy Corps, describes their work:   Early in the morning on April 1, heavy rains triggered flash flooding and mudslides in the city of ...

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Taking the First Step Toward a Dream Job

For a young person who is out of work, the future can look bleak. In today’s hyper-competitive business world, even an entry-level first job can require real-world skills. But frequently, the only way for someone to develop those skills is by working at an entry-level job. Around the world, there’s a considerable misalignment between what’s taught in local educational institutions and the needs of the labor market. What’s more, hiring for available jobs is sometimes based ...

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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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