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PricewaterhouseCoopers donates $4 million to educate Darfur's refugees

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PricewaterhouseCoopers has donated US$4 million towards the education of refugee children in eastern Chad’s camps, in the single largest corporate donation ever received by the UN refugee agency.

The firm, also known as PwC, presented UNHCR with a cheque for US$4 million in New York on Monday. The funds will be used to build and operate schools for refugee children who have fled the conflict in Darfur, western Sudan. Specifically, more than 20,000 children aged between six and 14 years in the refugee camps of Iridimi, Touloum and Am Nabak in eastern Chad will have access to education in a safe learning environment. The children and their teachers will receive a daily meal. Teacher training and school supplies will also be provided.

More than 6,000 PwC staff members in more than 100 countries contributed to the 10-day “Power of 10” campaign, which was created by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers together with UNHCR to recognise the 10th anniversary of the company’s creation.

UNHCR will soon begin working with local and international non-governmental organisations in eastern Chad to begin the construction of new schools and repairs on existing classrooms. The work is due to be completed within two years. The PwC contribution will provide sustainable education to refugee children for at least five years.