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27 October 2015

Lebara celebrates ‘Migrant Experience’ exhibition

Inspiring collection of migrant stories from Lebara employees offers alternative dialogue to current discussion on migration 

 

London (UK), 27 October 2015 – Lebara®, the universal brand for the world’s migrant community, has commissioned a unique exhibition, the ‘Migrant Experience’, currently displayed at the Foundry, Vauxhall’s building for Human Rights.  

The exhibition brings together a collection of poignant stories, taken from over 700 real-life experiences of hundreds of Lebara employees, depicted in words, pictures and portraits.  This curated display was initiated and devised by Beaconsfield, facilitated and produced by Artgym, based on a series of creative ‘company values’ workshops attended by Lebara staff, to share and record individual migrant stories from around the world.

The workshops took place in all of Lebara’s operating countries and continue as part of the induction programme for new employees. Lebara’s global workplace, comprising 64 nationalities, reflects its diverse customer base and also means that the ability to empathise and understand migrants is right at the heart of Lebara’s DNA.  Lebara Community, launched in April 2015, is a global digital hub for migrants, providing help and support for every step of the migrant journey.

At a private viewing event with colleagues and community partners on Wednesday 21 October, Mr Yoganathan Ratheesan, Chairman and CEO of Lebara Group, said: “At Lebara we empathise with anyone moving from one place to another. We understand the journey both physically and emotionally, and their needs to stay connected to home and belong to their new community.  I’d like to thank the Lebara employees, past and present, who took part and shared their stories to create this inspiring collection that captures the essence of the migrant experience.”

Eugene Hughes, Chief Executive of Artgym, added: “It was a privilege to work with Lebara employees to create this collection of unique stories that illustrate the courage, bravery and emotional rollercoaster of the migrant journey. We’re working on some new audio-visual content which we look forward to showcasing in the coming months.”

Cliff Fitzpatrick, Chairman of Beaconsfield, said: "We're proud to deliver this timely exhibition at such a fitting and spectacular venue like The Foundry. Art is a powerful device to create empathy and understanding of migrants' personal journeys and to inspire social change and justice."

Admission is free to the Migrant Experience, Monday to Friday daily (10am–5pm), until 29 January 2016.  The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London, SE11 5RR, received a RIBA award for ‘architectural ingenuity and social impact’. It provides office, meeting, conference and exhibition space to social justice and human rights focused organisations.