Western Union stands #WithRefugees
Changing the fate of a generation
Last year 80% of Western Union employees donated money out of their own pockets to the WU Foundation*, to support refugee education and other causes. Employees also took part in volunteering opportunities and business projects in an effort to prevent a potential lost generation through the refugee crisis. Many employees live a long way from the most affected borders, but as global citizens they want to find out more and how they can help.

Refugee

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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Using points to support education across the globe

We have all been touched by the images and stories of refugees who have been displaced from their homes across the globe. At Western Union, we are on a mission to help and believe that access to quality education will be a critical cornerstone to the long-term resolution of this global crisis. That’s why Western Union has expanded redemption offers for the My WU® rewards program, to empower its members to redeem1 points towards a donation  in support of ...

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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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Empowering Refugee Children Through Technology

At Western Union we know that the future is about technology and that the future is no different for refugees. We want to change the way the world thinks about refugee’s education. Refugee children, just like our own children, need to have access to the whole world and the only way to do that is through access to the internet.  They need to be equipped to plug into the global economy of which they are a part of, instead ...

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Accelerating learning for refugee students in Austria.

By Elizabeth Roscoe, Executive Director, Western Union Foundation   Teach For All creativity accelerates learning for refugee students in Austria. Through the Education for Better program, the Foundation is teaming up with organizations like Teach For All to expand educational opportunity and address inequities in education that can contribute to worldwide challenges. Foundation grants are supporting Teach For All partner organizations in Austria, Germany, Lithuania, France and the UK, helping expand efforts to bring more new leaders into education. Since 2007, ...

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A Portrait of Simon Owor

Meet Simon Owor, a former child soldier from the northern part of Uganda in Pader District, who was abducted by the Lord Resistance Army (LRA). One night, he lost an eardrum during an exchange of gun fire with the Ugandan Army (UPDF) in South Sudan. Today, Simon is an Electrician and Engineer and owns a repair and electrical appliances shop in Wakiso, Uganda. He opened the business with a grant from the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI). Through the ...

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A portrait of Navid Sadri

Employment opportunities are critical to ensure that refugees are able to integrate into their host communities, avoid social and economic exclusion, and begin rebuilding their lives. Refugees need opportunities that will give them hope for the future, and we at Western Union believe that the private sector has an important role to play in this. To help struggling families in both refugee and host communities, economic development that creates more opportunities for job-seekers is absolutely essential – and this is where ...

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Our purpose would not be possible without diversity

Over the last week, I have spent time speaking to Western Union employees, our senior management team and global business leaders – within the United States and around the world. Collectively, the conversations had one common theme, the value and future of a global economy and global businesses. Our ability to reach every corner of the world in an instant, share ideas and move between geographies, cultures and continents, is a major dimension of today’s business environment. We also live ...

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Western Union Continues to Stand With Refugees

I’ve learned so much over the last few months as I have met and spent time with the wonderful people that most of the world refers to as Refugees. Like many, I don’t like the term Refugees. It’s generic and somehow gives the impression of a common identity. It takes the humanity out of their stories. Refugees are people like you and I – who had real lives, attended school, held jobs, lived full of hope and dreams ...

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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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