2 November 2011
Lebara Donates 1 Million Euros
LEBARA DONATES 1 MILLION EUROS TO EDUCATE 100,000 CHILDREN IN 10 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD
- Meets fundraising commitment set out in 10 Year Anniversary charity campaign - - 100 per cent of funds raised go towards supporting underprivileged children -
London, UK–Wednesday November 2, 2011 – Lebara, one of Europe’s leading telecoms operators for migrant communities, is pleased to announce that it has raised 1 million Euros as part of its 10 Year Anniversary charity campaign. The campaign funds will be used to help educate 100,000 disadvantaged children in 10 countries around the world.
As part of its 10 Year Anniversary celebrations, Lebara pledged to donate one per cent from customer top-ups in each of its eight markets globally1 to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)2.
On fulfilling its anniversary fundraising pledge, Yoganathan Ratheesan, CEO of Lebara Group, commented: “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.”
Lebara vows that one hundred per cent of the funds raised in this initiativewill go towards providing much-needed education and protection measures for disadvantaged children in the following countries: Colombia, Ghana, India, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania and Turkey. More details on the projects can be found at www.lebara.com/1million.
1Lebara operates in Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK 2In the UK, for every customer top-up of £10 or more, Lebara donated 1% to the €1 million target
￼“We are extremely grateful for the support and solidarity shown by Lebara as part of its 10thanniversary,” said Dr. Mukesh Kapila, Under Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. “Its 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.”
Mans Nyberg, UNHCR Deputy Representative to the UKadded: "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."
In addition to the 10 Year Anniversary charity campaign, Lebara supports education projects for displaced children in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka through the Lebara Foundation, the not-for-profit, philanthropic arm of the Lebara Group set up in 2005. To mark the 10 Year Anniversary, the company shareholders announced a 10 million Euro commitment to the Lebara Foundation. The money will go towards providing housing, schooling and sustainable community initiatives for displaced children around the world.
Lebara was founded over ten years ago by Leon R. Ranjith, Baskaran Kandiah and Ratheesan Yoganathan who shared a vision to transform the international calling market. The three partners made it their mission to build a company that would represent a range of different communities and give something back to the countries where its loyal customers have their roots.Ten years on and Lebara is one of the world’s fastest growing mobile companies with more than 3 million customers, 1,400 employees worldwide, operations in eight countries and revenues for 2010 of €565 million. Above all, it is as committed as ever to the values that embodied its inception.
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
Lebara is one of Europe’s leading telecoms operators, enhancing the lives of migrant communities by providing high quality and low cost international mobile products and services. Lebara provides Pay As you Go and Pay Monthly mobile SIM cards and related services customised to serve the migrant communities in seven European countries as well as Australia. In March 2011, it expanded its services by launching Lebara Money in the UK, a simple and secure MasterCard® prepaid card, offering highly competitive exchange rates and no transfer fees for customers wishing to send money abroad.
In FY2010, Lebara turned in revenues of €565m (- more than a 50% increase on FY09), and profits before tax of €21m (- a 139% rise on FY09). The company currently employs some 1,400 employees across its operations and markets.
In March 2011 the company maintained its position as the UK’s leading MVNO, when it received awards for best Mobile Virtual Network Operator and Best Customer Service at this year’s Mobile News Awards and more recently, the company picked up two new Customer Service Awards: best UK Customer Experience in Telecom Sector and best UK Customer Experience Team at the UK Customer Experience Awards. Lebara’s CEO Yoganathan Ratheesan won the Asian Business Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010. Lebara has most recently been awarded the 2011 Ruban D’Honneur, which recognises 100 European companies that demonstrate excellence, innovation and best practice in their industry.
ABOUT LEBARA FOUNDATION
The Lebara Foundation is the non-profit, philanthropic arm of the LEBARA Group, which contributes a portion of its profits to the Foundation. This is achieved through strategic investment decisions based on the level of impact and its sustainability. The Foundation establishes partnerships with key agencies to deliver high-quality services for children who are affected by conflict and poverty. The Foundation’s mission is to have a sustainable impact on the quality of life of vulnerable children by assisting them to increase access to shelter/housing, food and clean water.
Currently, the Foundation has ongoing projects in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and is developing a significant portfolio of high-quality, innovative development projects in Asia, South America and Africa in partnership with the United Nations, international non-governmental organisations, the private sector, national governments and communities. More information can be found here: lebarafoundation.org/
UNHCR was established in 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and displaced persons. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of persons of concern, including refugees, internally displaced persons and the stateless. In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people in humanitarian crisis to restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 7,190 people in more than 120 countries continues to help some 36.4 million persons.
Out of the world's 3.4 million refugee children and children in refugee-like situations, about one out of every four refugee children does not access primary education. Four out of five refugee children do not have access to secondary education. UNHCR's primary focus is the protection and education of these children, by promoting increased school enrolment, better quality of education, and safe learning environments. Without an education, children and adolescents are less likely to be healthy, grow strong, be safe or fully participate in their communities. More information can be found here: www.unhcr.org/.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian network with nearly 100 million members, volunteers and supporters in 186 National Societies. For further information on Federation activities, please see our web site: www.ifrc.org