Lebara raises 1 million Euros to educate 100,000 children around the world

Lebara, one of Europe’s leading telecoms operators for migrant communities, is pleased to announce that it has raised 1 million Euros as part of its 10 Year Anniversary charity campaign. The campaign funds will be used to help educate 100,000 disadvantaged children in 10 countries around the world.

As part of its 10 Year Anniversary celebrations, Lebara pledged to donate one percentage from customer top-ups in each of its eight markets globally to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)[2].

On fulfilling its anniversary fundraising pledge, Yoganathan Ratheesan, CEO of Lebara Group, commented: “From the outset, our 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. We take this occasion to thank our customers for their enduring support. They are the lifeblood of the company and it’s through their commitment and loyalty that we are able to give back through our charity projects.”

Lebara vows that one hundred per cent of the funds raised in this initiative will go towards providing much-needed education and protection measures for disadvantaged children in the following countries: Colombia, Ghana, India, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania and Turkey. More details on the projects can be found at www.lebara.com/1million.

“We are extremely grateful for the support and solidarity shown by Lebara as part of its 10th anniversary,” said Dr. Mukesh Kapila, Under Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.  “Its donation will make a vital contribution to the lives and education of many underprivileged children in Morocco, Nigeria, Poland and Romania. Education is critical, not only for knowledge, but also for the health, development and security of future generations and the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies continue to put children and youth at the heart of their humanitarian work around the world.”

Mans Nyberg, UNHCR Deputy Representative to the UK added: “This is wonderful news. Through this donation, some of the most disadvantaged children in the world will now get full access to education. It is an investment in their future, the future of their families and the future of the world.”

In addition to the 10 Year Anniversary charity campaign, Lebara supports education projects for displaced children in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka through the Lebara Foundation, the not-for-profit, philanthropic arm of the Lebara Group set up in 2005. To mark the 10 Year Anniversary, the company shareholders announced a 10 million Euro commitment to the Lebara Foundation. The money will go towards providing housing, schooling and sustainable community initiatives for displaced children around the world.

Lebara was founded over ten years ago by Leon R. Ranjith, Baskaran Kandiah and Ratheesan Yoganathan who shared a vision to transform the international calling market. The three partners made it their mission to build a company that would represent a range of different communities and give something back to the countries where its loyal customers have their roots.Ten years on and Lebara is one of the world’s fastest growing mobile companies with more than 3 million customers, 1,400 employees worldwide, operations in eight countries and revenues for 2010 of €565 million. Above all, it is as committed as ever to the values that embodied its inception.

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