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
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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
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more