Worldwide Foundation Raises Funds for Busia Compassionate Centre Security

Contributions Support the “House that Credit Unions Built”

July 24, 2018

SINGAPORE — The Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions raised more than US $40,000 during the Supporter’s Reception at the 2018 World Credit Union Conference for the Busia Compassionate Centre in Busia, Kenya.

During the annual Worldwide Foundation Supporter’s Reception at the iconic Gardens by the Bay, Executive Director Mike Reuter asked supporters to make a pledge to reach the US $50,000 needed to build a wall around the orphanage to ensure the long-term security of its staff and more than 90 orphans.  

“Cooperatively, credit unions can make a difference in the lives of millions worldwide,” said Worldwide Foundation Chair Bill Cheney. “Raising funds for the wall at the Busia Orphanage is another example of credit unions coming together and changing lives.”

During an engagement visit to the orphanage in March, Worldwide Foundation volunteers planted gardens including bananas and other fruit trees, worked on projects improving the orphanage kitchen and play areas that provide the love and care needed to give the children food security, a safe home and a sense of family and financial inclusion – many for the first time in their lives.

Funding for this secure barrier was kicked off prior to the conference by Numerica Credit Union (Spokane, WA) & Vermont Federal Credit Union (Burlington,VT), raising the initial US $20,000 to spark their peers to contribute during the Supporter’s Reception.

Credit unions and individuals that made this effort possible include:



CU Direct – Ontario, Canada

Fairfax County FCU – Fairfax, VA

Financial Partners Credit Union – Downey, CA

Holiday Coast Credit Union, Australia

Jefferson Financial Credit Union – Metairie, LA

KUSCCO LTD – Nairobi, Kenya

Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates – Boulder City, NV

Premier Members Credit Union – Boulder, CO

PSCU – St. Petersburg, FL

Servus Credit Union – Alberta, Canada

Unitus Community Credit Union – Portland, OR (Steve Stapp & Unitus Staff)

Unity Bank – Australia



Paul Burkart

Bill & Chrissy Cheney

Bobbie Deegan

Marc & Linda Ecker

Jimmy Flythe

Becky Marchant

Rafal Matusiak

Maurice & Diane Smith

Joe Thomas

Stay connected to the construction of the Busia Orphanage wall by reading updates through the new blog, “Field Notes” on the Worldwide Foundation’s website at

See Supporter’s Reception and all conference event photos on Facebook and Twitter with #WCUC2018.

To learn about other ways to volunteer, visit the Worldwide Foundation volunteer page here.

About the Worldwide Foundation

The Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that shares the World Council’s commitment to fostering financial inclusion and empowerment to millions worldwide through credit unions. Inspiring and encouraging credit unions and their members to “Do Good. Do Global Good.” by participating and engaging the global credit union movement is the key strategy to its sustainability. For more information, visit

Contact: Mike Reuter
Phone: 608-395-2047
Young boy looking over wall to be built
Young boy looking over wall to be built

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