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July 05, 2011


WOCCU and Groupon Partner in First-ever Busia Compassionate Centre Promotion

Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions matches orphanage donations July 5-7

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A little girl at Busia Compassionate Centre gets ready to start a school project. Donations made through Groupon July 5-7 will provide educational scholarships for children at the orphanage.

MADISON, Wis.— World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and Groupon's G-Team, a site for supporting causes with collective action, have partnered to provide a Groupon promotion in support of Busia Compassionate Centre, an orphanage in rural western Kenya. From July 5-7, 2011, every donation through Groupon's G-Team will be equally matched by the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions.

WOCCU started working with Busia Compassionate Center in 2006 in partnership with a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to mitigate the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in western Kenya. One of the program's three principal goals was to provide educational grants to children of HIV/AIDS-affected households through the area's savings and credit cooperatives (SACCOs), or credit unions.

Primary school tuition is government-subsidized in Kenya, but secondary school education requires additional funding, a resource Busia Compassionate Centre lacks. When the USDA program concluded in 2010, WOCCU continued to support the orphanage with the help of the global credit union movement, providing scholarships to cover secondary school tuition as well as books, uniforms and school supplies for both primary and secondary students.

WOCCU also helped the orphanage with some major building upgrades. These included installing toilets and a septic tank and wiring the orphanage with electricity to give children a greater sense of security and the chance to study or walk to the toilets after the sun goes down.

"This Groupon promotion will only work if a minimum of 50 people each give $10," said Brian Branch, WOCCU executive vice president and COO. "Please share this promotion with your co-workers, friends and family and help the 69 children at the orphanage get a strong foundation to build brighter futures for themselves."

All Groupon G-Team donations will go directly toward providing scholarships so Busia Compassionate Centre residents will be able to attend school. Donors interested in making a donation to the Busia Compassionate Centre can visit www.groupon.com/deals/worldwide-foundation-for-credit-unions from July 5-7, 2011. Learn more about the children at www.busiaorphanage.org.

 

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World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.

World Council has implemented more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 56,000 credit unions in 101 countries serve 200 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.

 


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Contact: Rebecca Carpenter
Organization: World Council of Credit Unions
E-mail: rcarpenter@woccu.org
Phone: +1-608-395-2031
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