Business as a force for good
In September 2021, the Virgin Atlantic Foundation announced the launch of ‘Passport to Change’, a programme designed to empower the next generation to fulfil their potential by bridging the education gap to the most disadvantaged around the world.
UK for UNHCR is the dedicated international partner for the Passport to Change programme, with a particular focus on supporting STEM education for refugee youth in Delhi, India.
First year in partnership
To date, over 6,000 refugees have positively benefited thanks to support from Virgin Atlantic Foundation and their customers. Funding enabled:
In March 2022, the Foundation donated £125,000 to UNHCR’s Ukraine Appeal and offered a further £50,000 match funding to engage employees, partners and customers in their fundraising efforts.
We are delighted to have partnered with UK for UNHCR over the last year. Through our support, their teams have worked to enable young refugees in Delhi, the opportunity to access education, equipment, uniform and technology. Their regular updates have allowed us to see the impact of our support and it has been a pleasure working with them. We are so proud of our partnership and excited to see what the next year brings!
–Jaime Tripp, Senior Specialist, Virgin Atlantic
Beyond financial support, Virgin Atlantic are working with UNHCR’s social enterprise brand, MADE51, which helps refugee artisans access global markets to sell their crafts. MADE51 products are now stocked both onboard and online, empowering refugees around the world to harness their talents, succeed and prosper.
From hosting charity football matches and donating to emergency appeals, to onboard refugee-made products and campaign support, the support from Virgin Atlantic is a great example of the many ways a partnership with UK for UNHCR can engage employees, partners, and customers alike.