PwC People and Firms Donate Over $4 Million to UNHCR, Program
Demonstrates Effectiveness of Public-Private Partnerships
TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) globally has
donated more than $4 million to the Office of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to be used to build and operate schools for
refugee children who have fled the conflict in Darfur. It is the largest
single donation ever made by a business organization to the UNHCR.
PwC people in 102 countries made individual contributions during the
campaign established with the UNHCR to recognize PwC's 10th anniversary
through the coming together of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand in 1998.
This campaign entitled the "Power of 10" took place over 10 business days
across PwC's global network of firms. In addition to contributions from PwC
people and firms, donations were also received from friends and family members
of the PwC community through the website www.pwc.com.
The funds will be used to build and operate schools on a sustainable
basis for more than 20,000 children aged six to 14 living in refugee camps in
Eastern Chad. As a part of the program, children and teachers will receive a
daily meal. Teacher training and school supplies will also be provided.
"PwC's generosity will provide direct assistance to refugee children in
Darfur who currently have limited options for education," explained Antsnio
Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. "Working together, UNHCR and
PwC are committed to providing these children with safe havens and hope for a
In Canada, individual and firm contributions totalled almost $130,000.
Chris Clark, Canadian Senior Partner and CEO stated, "PwC's contribution will
help the children of Darfur maintain hope for a better life through education.
The Power of 10 campaign was an outstanding example of PwC at its best and the
importance to us of looking at more than the bottom line to make a difference
in the world around us.
The UNHCR will soon begin working with local and international NGOs to
begin major school construction and teacher training, set for completion
within two years. The PwC contribution will provide sustainable education to
children for at least five years. The UNHCR will oversee the program and
provide ongoing progress reports. As conditions permit, PwC people will visit
the camps, assess progress and provide assistance.
A Power of 10 contributor from PwC Canada commented, "This is a wonderful
example of how people with a common vision and a connected spirit can make a
remarkable difference in the lives of those so much less fortunate than us."
"Our unique partnership with the UNHCR is evidence of what can be
accomplished when the public and private sectors work together. The impact is
enormous," Mr. Clark added. "The schools and educational opportunities
provided through the combined efforts of PwC's global network and the UNHCR
will give the children of Darfur the chance to improve their lives."
Contributions to the campaign are still welcome and can be made by credit
card through the Power of 10 website at (www.pwc.com/10anniversary) or sent
directly to the United Nations at: United Nations High Commission for
Refugees, Power of 10 Initiative, 94 Rue de Montbrillant, 1201 Geneva,
The proceeds from the Power of 10 campaign will:
- Build classrooms equipped with tables, benches, and blackboards.
Construction will be carried out by local enterprises with the
participation of the communities, supervised by a specialized NGO, to
ensure compliance with technical and durability standards.
- Provide students with manuals, additional textbooks and school
supplies. Each pupil and teacher will receive a uniform, and those
with specific needs will receive additional clothing, soap and other
- Provide teacher training in educational basics, codes of conduct,
classroom management, positive discipline, and essential skills in
children's and women's rights. Instruction will be followed-up at the
school levels and classrooms will be monitored through the
parents/teachers associations and children's clubs.
- Establish school canteens and gardens so the children can attend
school the entire day.
Learn more about the Power of 10 campaign by visiting:
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