Western Union Business Solutions supporting the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to raise and disburse funds for the Yemen crisis appeal


Western Union Business Solutions, a leader in global payment services  and official partner of the DEC’s Rapid Response Network, is helping to raise and disburse donations and funds following the DEC’s urgent appeal for the people of Yemen.

The humanitarian crisis that the international community predicted over a year ago, has now become a reality. UN estimates that 18.8 million or 69% of the population need humanitarian assistance, including over 10 million people who urgently require immediate, life-saving assistance. Children face the greatest risk of starvation – almost half a million infants and young children need immediate treatment for malnutrition.

The DEC brings together 13 leading UK aid agencies to raise money at times of humanitarian crisis in poorer countries. By working together, they are raising funds to save, protect and rebuild the lives of those affected by the Yemen crisis. The DEC calls upon a group of broadcasters and corporate organisations, known as the Rapid Response Network (RRN), when a disaster occurs to raise funds quickly and effectively, in this instance for the urgent appeal for the people of Yemen.

The specific aims of the appeal are to reach more people with emergency food, malnutrition treatment, clean water and hygiene & sanitation support. The focus will be to provide treatment for malnourished children, clinical supplies, food, cash and clean water. 

Western Union Business Solutions is helping to extend the reach of the DEC’s Yemen appeal by raising awareness of the appeal across its communications channels.  Western Union Business Solutions will also assist with a dedicated disaster relief team to provide DEC member agencies with expert money transfer advice and operational support throughout the appeal.  

Western Union Business Solutions offers a specialized NGO payment platform, WU® NGO GlobalPay, which enables registered users to send funds internationally within minutes[i], with subsidized fees[ii] for the whole period of the appeal.

“Western Union Business Solutions has an ongoing commitment to serve the charity sector and we strive to help get money where and when it is needed most in an efficient, reliable and transparent way. We believe it is our responsibility to help those affected by the Yemen crisis and call on other businesses to contribute in any way they can.” said Tony Crivelli, Vice President UK and Europe, Western Union Business Solutions.

Saleh Saeed OBE, Chief Executive at DEC said:“Our appeals simply couldn’t happen without the support of our RRN partners and we are delighted that Western Union Business Solutions is part of that. Western Union Business Solutions’ support, through fundraising and money transfers to Yemen will mean more funds can reach the people who need it most.”

Help to support the Yemen appeal by visiting dec.org.uk now. 

  Funds may be delayed or services unavailable based on certain transaction conditions, including amount sent, destination country, currency availability, regulatory issues, identification requirements, agent location hours, differences in time zones, or selection of delayed options.  Additional restrictions may apply.  See applicable terms and conditions for details.

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