The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU)’ $1.7M traverses global education initiatives

Posted by Ryan Mandell August 1, 2013 0 Comment 717 views


Today, The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU)’s Western Union Foundation announced its 2013 Q2 grant commitment of US$1.7M.This grant will be distributed to over twenty non-profit, NGO’s across the world. To date this year, the Foundation has announced grants that total over US$2.9M. These grants will help in improving the quality and increasing access to educational programs in various regions.

Commitment to education

This grant cycle provides the Western Union Education for Better program, with additional support. This is a 3-year commitment to growing young-minds via strategic grants that will focus largely on secondary education as well as vocational training.

The Western Union Foundation’s president, Patrick Gaston said that the company is supporting NGO’s across the planet that have a commitment towards expansion of educational opportunities for various global committees.

The initiatives

In the 2013 Q2, the Western Union Foundation will be providing grants to the

Daniel Ogechi Akujobi Memorial Foundation in Nigeria. They will be receiving support for a program named “Project Read to Succeed” that provides public schools in the nation, with libraries. In the Asia Pacific region, the grant will go to The Planeterra Foundation. This grant will be used to help the street kids in New Delhi as well as India’s Women’s Vocational Training Café program.

These programs will provide children and women in New Delhi with education, counseling and job training. In the Caribbean the foundation will be supporting the Haitian Education & leadership Program. This provides students with scholarships to complete their higher degrees. The added focus will be on career services and skills training. In the European continent, the Austrian Interkulturelles Zentrum will be funded for the kids Summer Camp called MyWU.

This 2-week program includes sports and language skills training for the underprivileged kids. In the Middle East, the grant will be given to Beirut’s Lebanese American University. It will provide financial aid to various students under the Annual Scholarship Program that is conducted by the school.


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