Casablanca, Morocco – In celebration of International Children’s Day, the Western Union Foundation has announced the donation of a $100,000 grant to SOS Children’s Villages Morocco, confirming its continuous support for the education of vulnerable children. Hikmet Ersek, Chief Executive Officer of The Western Union Company, presented the grant to the leadership of SOS Children’s Villages Morocco, Amine Demnati, Board President, and Béatrice Beloubad, Managing Director, during a ceremony held at the Casablanca Family Strengthening Program Center located in the district of Sidi Bernoussi. During his time in Sidi Bernoussi, Ersek met with SOS families and children, many of them from single-parent households, whose lives have been transformed with the support of SOS Children’s Villages. Western Union and SOS Children’s Villages continue to work together to build stable families and communities with a focus on insuring access to education and vocational training opportunities for children, youth and caregivers. As a result, those in extreme distress are guided toward self-sufficiency. Speaking at the event, Ersek said, “The Western Union Foundation has been working to promote equity and opportunity for all children since its early starts in 2001. We are extremely delighted to celebrate the International Children’s Day today through this special event. Education plays a powerful role in improving peoples’ lives and every child has the right to a quality education and a brighter future. This initiative will increasingly improve the opportunities provided to the children and help them reach their dreams.” In Morocco, SOS Children’s Villages has been active in supporting, caring for and empowering vulnerable children for over 30 years. In Casablanca, and worldwide, SOS Family Strengthening Programs provide families at risk of falling apart with the support they need to grow stronger together and to stay together. For children who have no family, a stable home and quality education can be found through five Children’s Villages across Morocco where safety and security are provided in an SOS family. Each day in Morocco, SOS supports over 1,000 orphaned, abandoned or vulnerable children and their families. Demnati expressed the gratitude and continued focus of the organization saying, “We are very thankful to the Western Union Foundation for this generous grant that will help us improve the lives of vulnerable children in Morocco. Like the Western Union Foundation, SOS Children’s Villages believes education is critical to empowering these children and their families, eventually breaking the cycle of poverty.” Today’s grant from the Western Union Foundation is in addition to $200,000 given already supporting SOS Children’s Villages in 16 other African countries.