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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From Edison to Miller: WU’s Most Influential Employees

Thomas Edison: innovator, inventor, businessman. Little-known fact: he was also a Western Union employee. We succeed because of pioneers and game-changers who have transformed Western Union into the global platform it is today. Check out some of the most influential people to walk our halls.   Thomas Edison During his time at Western Union, Edison created a transmitter to compete with Alexander Bell’s telephone, as well as other telegraph-related products. After his employment at Western Union ended, Edison was ...

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Best Countries to Au Pair Based on Pay, Hours, and Benefits

Between finding a job, securing housing, meeting new people, and adjusting to life as an expat, moving overseas is a daunting task. But what if you could tackle all of these challenges in one fell swoop? We’re talking accommodations, pocket money, and a family to call your own. If it sounds too good be true, it’s not. This is the life of an au pair. Of course, it’s not all fun and games, but with days off ...

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WU Foundation Responds to Flooding in South Asia

By Elizabeth Roscoe Executive Director WU Foundation The Western Union Foundation is supporting efforts to provide emergency services and disaster relief to India, Bangladesh and Nepal, which are facing one of the worst flooding disasters to hit the region in years. According to officials, more than 1,200 people have lost their lives already, and millions more have lost their homes. Through our collaboration with the American Red Cross, the WU Foundation is donating USD $20,000 to the Red Cross and Red Crescent ...

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Western Union Ramps Up Support for Communities Affected by Hurricane Harvey

In continued support of the communities and families affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, The Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, and The Western Union Foundation, today activated a rapid response plan to ramp up accessibility of money transfer services in impacted areas of Texas, and pledged an increased contribution to the American Red Cross, with matching grants up to a combined total of $200,000. * Western Union President and CEO, Hikmet Ersek, said, “Our company is guided ...

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WU Foundation Supports Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief

By: Elizabeth Roscoe, Executive Director of the Western Union Foundation Our hearts and thoughts are with all in Texas who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. To support communities and families affected by the recent hurricane devastation in Texas, The Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, has responded by providing support for families and communities most affected by Hurricane Harvey. Western Union will provide $0 Fee money transfers when sending from Western Union Agent locations and telephone money ...

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Do the Side Hustle: 9 Ways to Make Money While Traveling

Millennials are more interested in traveling abroad than previous generations, but we earn less money – which poses an inherent dilemma: How to fund our wanderlust. The solution? A side hustle. It’s the perfect way to stay on the go without being strapped for cash. If you want to turn you dreams of travel into a reality, check out these side hustle jobs you can do from anywhere.    Taking Online Surveys Online surveys won’t buy you a new ...

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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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The Most In-Demand Careers Around the World

Like financial markets, the job market ebbs and flows. Jobs come into demand when the number of openings outpace the number of qualified workers. These talent gaps are often a result of tech revolutions, like the widespread adoption of smartphones, which has created a shortage of skilled software engineers and app developers. They’re also an indication of growth, both in infrastructure and population, which calls for more teachers, medical professionals, surveyors, and builders. Take Canada, for example: With one ...

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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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