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
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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
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 ...Read more
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. 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 ...Read more
“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. ...Read more
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 ...Read more