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 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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WU Ashoka Executive: Changing the World for Better

In 2010, WU teamed up with Ashoka to inspire social entrepreneurship and create opportunities for our WU executives to create positive social change across the globe. Since then, 46 WU employees have been selected to participate in the Ashoka Executive in Residence (EIR) program, benefitting more than 35 organizations in 17 countries. The mission of the Ashoka EIR program is to make everyone a “change maker,” in order to solve social problems around the world. To help make this happen, the program provides pro ...

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We’re there when people need us.

By: Elizabeth Roscoe, Executive Director, Western Union Foundation Today, according to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, more than 65.3 million people – approximately one out of every 114 people on earth – has been forcibly displaced from their homes due to wars, conflict and persecution. And while attention has recently focused on Syrian refugees arriving in Europe, this is a global crisis of enormous proportions, impacting just about every region of the world. It’s heartbreaking to hear about the many people who have ...

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Answering the call for help.

According to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, wars, conflict and persecution have forced an unprecedented 65.3 million people to flee their homes. This staggering number represents approximately one out of every 113 people on earth.[1] Western Union and the Western Union Foundation have a long history of supporting organizations and issues related to migration, refugees and humanitarian crisis. That’s why, on July 1, 2016, when President Barack Obama challenged the U.S. private sector to support refugees, Western Union once again stepped up ...

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“This is Not a Political Crisis, but a Human One”

“This is Not a Political Crisis, but a Human One” Hello, I’m Maher Kayali. I’m responsible for the Western Union (WU) North America Diaspora markets, based in Denver. I was born in Damascus, Syria, and migrated to the United States at an early age. Damascus is the capital of Syria, also known as the oldest city in the world. It also means home to me. It’s where I grew up and played football (soccer) on the streets. ...

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Western Union Stands With Refugees

The Global Humanitarian Crisis:  A Personal View Living in France, I have been closely watching the conflict in the eastern part of Europe unfold for several months.  I also have the honor of leading customer relationship management and corporate social responsibility for a global company, whose purpose-driven mission is to help create better lives for the people and communities it serves, so this particular crisis hits home personally and professionally. However, it wasn’t until a recent visit to Turkey ...

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