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 ...Read more
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21.3 million people around the world are classified as refugees. Uprooted by violence, war, and persecution, many of these individuals struggle everyday in the hopes to find safety and stability. Being forcibly displaced disrupts refugees’ access to food, water, shelter, healthcare, education, employment, freedom, family and loved ones. Everyone can do something to help refugees rebuild their lives. Check out 7 ways you can do your part below. 1. Become educated The more informed you are about the crisis, the better you can ...Read more
Blog by Anette Trulsson Corda, a WU employee based in Paris, France. Ever asked yourself what can I do to stand with refugees? It can seem overwhelming… where to start, what to do. But I’m convinced that whilst no one can help all, everyone can do something. My something started when I signed up for a volunteering activity in Paris last summer, attending a refugee welcome picnic with my daughter. We met Hura and Mehdi, who had just recently ...Read more
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 yearsRead more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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, ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more