Lebara raises €1m to educate disadvantaged children


Two international charities benefit as Lebara fulfils anniversary pledge to help educate disadvantaged children in 10 countries

MVNO Lebara has successfully raised €1 million (£861,000) for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Lebara said that 100 per cent of the money raised will be ut towards educating 100,000 disadvantaged children in 10 countries: Colombia, Ghana, India, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Romania and Turkey.

The donation is the result of a pledge made by Lebara as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations this year to put aside 1 per cent of all top ups made by customers in its eight markets to educate disadvantaged children.

Lebara offers discounted international calls from mobiles targeted at migrant communities in Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

Lebara Group CEO Yoganathan Ratheesan (pictured) said: “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.”

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies under secretary general Dr. Mukesh Kapila said: “Lebara’s 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.”

UNHCR Deputy Representative to the UK Mans Nyberg said: “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.”