We believe that education is the surest pathway to economic opportunity â€“ leading to improved job placements and increased earning potential. Thatâ€™s why we collaborate with nonprofits around the world to provide demand-driven skills training and workforce enablement programs for the people who need it most. We also offer a global scholarship program that helps put a post-secondary undergraduate education within reach for in-need students studying in the STEM fields and business. Separately, we support communities in crisis through disaster relief and humanitarian aid.
Who We Help
Our five-year goal is to equip 50,000 migrants, refugees, women and young people with 21st Century job skills by the year 2020. In many parts of the world, these groups are left out of educational and employment opportunities that can improve life â€“ for themselves, their families and their communities.
The Western Union Foundation helped us expand to Uganda, where weâ€™re training young people displaced by the war in South Sudan in business and peace-building. In a time of distress, weâ€™re helping them reclaim their futures â€“ and support from the Western Union Foundation makes it possible.
Caroline Descombris, Director, Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative