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PricewaterhouseCoopers teams with UNHCR to build schools for refugee children of Darfur

Summary

PricewaterhouseCoopers has donated more than $4 million to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to be used to build and operate schools for refugee children who have fled the conflict in Darfur.

It is the largest single donation ever made by a business organisation to the UNHCR. PwC people in 102 countries made individual contributions during the “Power of 10” campaign established with the UNHCR to recognise PricewaterhouseCoopers’ 10th anniversary.

The funds will be used to build and operate schools on a sustainable basis for more than 20,000 children aged 6 to 14 living in refugee camps in Eastern Chad. As part of the program, children and teachers will receive a daily meal. Teacher training and school supplies will also be provided. The UNHCR will soon begin working with local and international NGOs to begin major school construction and teacher training, set for completion within two years. The PwC contribution will provide sustainable education to children for at least five years. The UNHCR will oversee the programme and provide ongoing progress reports. As conditions permit, PwC people will visit the camps, assess progress and provide assistance.