The Western Union Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages to support youth development together
LIMA, PERU, April 23, 2014 - The Western Union Foundation today announced its support for vocational education in Peru by providing SOS Children's Villages with a grant for a combined total of US $96,000 to support vocational education and job training for local youth.
The Western Union Foundation and DHL Express Peru, a Western Union Agent and the global leading worldwide express deliveries services provider, joined efforts to support SOS Children’s Villages’ Go Teach Employability for the Youth program. The program aims to empower disadvantaged youth around the world and prepares them for the workplace in order for them to live independently and sustainably.
Through its signature program Education for Better, the Western Union Foundation is committed to supporting secondary and vocational education programs that facilitate financial opportunities for individuals, their families, and their communities. This grant to the SOS Children’s Village will help provide young Peruvians with skills they need to find quality employment, building a better financial future for themselves and their local economy.
“Western Union firmly believes that education is a pathway to better employment opportunities and stronger financial futures for young people around the world. It plays a powerful role in creating economic opportunity and more inclusive communities. An education can provide youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to find jobs, earn a quality income and invest in their future –benefitting the local community and society for generations to come,” said Patrick Gaston, president of the Western Union Foundation.
"We are proud of the partnership between the Western Union Foundation and DHL, which benefits the communities they serve through their philanthropic initiatives," complemented Juan Carlos Blanco, vice president and GM of Western Union for Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador.
"This most recent grant increases the number of partnerships between DHL and SOS Children's Villages around the world to over 10 countries and seeks to train more young people every day so they can achieve an independent and sustainable living", said Adriana Azopardo, CEO of DHL Express Peru.
The Go Teach Employability for the Youth program includes the following phases: professional development workshops, job search and tutoring or mentoring. DHL Express Peru made an initial donation of more than US$48,000, and the funds were matched by the Western Union Foundation as part of the Agent Giving Program to enhance the philanthropic work of Western Union Agents around the world. This US $96,000 grant will allow approximately 70 young members of SOS Children’s Villages from Callao and San Juan de Lurigancho in Peru to obtain knowledge and develop skills at different phases of the program.
The Go Teach Employability for the Youth program is part of the commitment to education of the corporate responsibility strategy "Living with responsibility" of Deutsche Post DHL, which is based on three pillars: environmental protection (GoGreen), disaster management (GoHelp) and education (GoTeach). Through its GoTeach initiative, the group is working with two international partners SOS Children’s Villages and Teach For All.
Additional information, including the mission and purpose of the Western Union Foundation, can be found at www.westernunionfoundation.org.