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Xpress Money pledges to extend a ray of H.O.P.E. to the visually impaired

~ Signs MOU with Sightsavers Middle East to educate people with visual impairments ~

Dubai, September 03, 2013: Xpress Money, the world’s most dependable money transfer brand, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sightsavers Middle East, an international NGO which works to prevent blindness, restore sight and advocate for social inclusion and equal rights for people with disabilities in developing countries. The MOU was signed in August at the Xpress Money office in Abu Dhabi, between Mr. Vinesh Nair, Vice President, Global MarComm & CSR, Xpress Money and Mr. Abdulla Bin Jassim Al Nuaimi, Director General, Sightsavers Middle East. This initiative is a part of H.O.P.E., Xpress Money's sustainable corporate responsibility initiatives platform.

With the signing of this MOU, Xpress Money will extend its support to Sightsavers in their endeavors in Ghana and Tanzania. In Ghana, the ambit of activities would include tutoring 51 blind and partially sighted people and training tutors of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) centers to hone their skills and get advanced training. Xpress Money will also donate a computer and assistive technology devices that the visually impaired community can use to their advantage. In Tanzania, the focus will be on empowering teachers to enhance their Braille skills and also provide them with superior teaching and learning materials for Makalala, Mwaya, Mundindi, Kipera and Ilembula centres.

Mr. Vinesh Nair, Vice President, Global MarComm & CSR, Xpress Money said "We are pleased to have partnered with Sightsavers Middle East, as they continue to do commendable work to improve the lives of the visually impaired. We believe that this initiative will have a positive impact on the lives of these individuals in the long-term, as they have immense potential to channelize their talents - If given the right opportunity and training. All our H.O.P.E. initiatives are a part of an advanced approach to help the lesser privileged and support social harmony".

He added that community support initiatives under H.O.P.E. have been identified and rolled out in South East Asia and the Indian sub-continent in key markets like India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal
and Sri Lanka as well.

Mr. Abdulla Al Nuaimi, Director General, Sightsavers Middle East said "We are very happy to be joining forces with Xpress Money to bring education and better facilities to many blind and partially sighted people in Ghana and Tanzania. We believe that getting a quality education is crucial to lifting people out of poverty, and we work to make sure children who are blind or have low vision do get the chance to go to school".

About H.O.P.E:

H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People and Environment) is a sustainable corporate social initiative by Xpress Money that focuses on three global themes - Financial literacy and inclusion, education and relief work. The first phase of the initiative will be executed in GCC, South Asia, and Asia Pacific with women and school children being the prime beneficiaries.

About Xpress Money:

Xpress Money is a global money transfer brand with a thriving presence in more than 150 countries in 5 continents across 170,000 agent locations across the world. Working towards the goal of Bringing Home Closer to millions of migrants residing away from their homes, Xpress Money has come to be known as the most dependable international money transfer brand. Xpress Money provides its customers a simple, fast & safe way to transfer money anywhere in the world through innovative technology, superior customer service and its extensive worldwide network. For more information, follow us on
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About Sightsavers:

  • Sightsavers is a registered UK charity (Registered charity numbers 207544 and SC038110) that works in more than 30 developing countries to prevent blindness, restore sight and advocate for social inclusion and equal rights for people with disabilities www.sightsavers.org
  • There are 39 million blind people in the world; 80% of all blindness can be prevented or cured
  • In the six decades since its foundation, Sightsavers has:
  • Supported over 262.5 million treatments for blinding and potentially blinding conditions
  • Carried out over 8.1 million operations to restore sight
  • Trained almost 0.5 million primary eye care workers
  • Carried out rehabilitation training to 123,000 blind or low vision beneficiaries