MVNO Lebara has raised €1 million (£861,000) for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. With the decision two international charities have profited as Lebara fulfilled anniversary pledge to help educate disadvantaged children in 10 countries.
Lebara Group CEO Yoganathan Ratheesan said that from the outset, their clear ambition with Lebara was to create a company that would enrich the lives of migrant communities by connecting them with family and friends back home.
He announced that they took this occasion to thank their customers for their enduring support. They are the lifeblood of the company and it’s through their commitment and loyalty that they were able to give back through their charity projects.
According to a report in Mobile news, Lebara had asserted that 100 per cent of the money increased will be put towards educating 100,000 disadvantaged children in 10 countries including Colombia, Ghana, India, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Romania and Turkey.
The donation is the result of a oath made by Lebara as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations this year to put aside 1 per cent of all top ups made by customers in its eight markets to educate disadvantaged children.
Lebara offers discounted international calls from mobiles targeted at migrant communities in Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies under secretary general Dr. Mukesh Kapila said that Lebara’s donation would make an essential contribution to the lives and education of many underprivileged children in Morocco, Nigeria, Poland and Romania.
He added that education was critical, not only for knowledge, but also for the health, development and security of future generations. The Red Cross Red Crescent Societies continues to put children and youth at the heart of their humanitarian work around the world.
UNHCR Deputy Representative to the UK Mans Nyberg said that this was wonderful news. Through this donation, some of the most disadvantaged children in the world would now be able to get full access to education. He asserted “It is an investment in their future, the future of their families and the future of the world.”