The Western Union Foundation has announced third-quarter grants totaling more than $2.8 million to thirty-five nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations working to improve the quality of and expand access to education.
Awarded as part of the foundation's Education for Better initiative — a three-year commitment to secondary education and vocational training launched in 2012 — the grants will support projects in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Grant recipients include Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services in California in support of the Vista School, which helps children with emotional, cognitive, and behavioral issues develop coping skills and strategies so they can lead self-reliant, stable, and productive lives; OneVietnam, which will use its grant to further develop a program that addresses barriers to education for women in Vietnam; Hilfswerk Austria, which helps schools and other educational institutions acquire professional development training for teachers and books for school libraries in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Morocco-based Injaz, which works to provide experiential learning sessions focused on work readiness and career development education.
In 2013, the foundation has awarded grants totaling nearly $5.7 million.
"We continue to support NGOs that provide educational opportunities that set the framework for financial inclusion," said Western Union Foundation president Patrick Gaston. "Education for Better provides assistance for education programs in key markets and leverages the strength of the Western Union Company's global network to achieve a tangible social impact on the communities and customers we serve. To date, many Western Union agents have participated in, and contributed to, the Education for Better program, with the Western Union Foundation matching agent contributions to support educational programs around the world."