That’s because every time you use your card, RBC donates a portion of your purchase to WE, supporting our work to make the world a better place. Internationally, we partner with developing communities to provide them with the tools and resources to break the cycle of poverty. To ensure our work is sustainable, we use a holistic development model that gives back to community members in five ways: education, clean water, health care, food security and financial opportunity.
To learn more about the WE RBC® Virtual Visa Debit card visit www.rbc.com/wevvd.
To date, RBC and its customers have contributed over $1,415,000 to WE Villages communities.
LUNCHES FOR A LIFETIME
They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Oslet Estinpil knows this better than anyone. As lead agronomist with WE Villages in Haiti, he helps students tend to the vegetable gardens on their school grounds. The gardens provide produce for daily school lunches—along with lessons that will last a lifetime.
ONE GIRL'S FIGHT FOR EDUCATION In parts of rural Kenya, parents face a tough choice: which of our children can we afford to send to school? Often, girls are not chosen. At 13, Faith Cherop was set to be married; her father told her she couldn’t go to high school. Faith applied anyway. This is her story.
HOPE ON THE HILLS In a region untouched by mommy blogs or dog-eared copies of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Mulki Bai goes door to door to help new and expectant mothers. She and other WE Charity health mobilizers are making grassroots efforts to bring pre-and-postnatal care to remote villages in India. Every day, Mulki walks the foothills of India’s ancient Aravalli Mountains, hoping to save lives.
PORTRAIT OF A ME TO WE ARTISAN Everyone who knows her calls her Mama Toti—mother of Toti, which was the nickname given to her eldest daughter. At 44, Mama Toti is in constant motion, peering out the window to ensure her goats haven’t strayed onto the adjacent property. A single mother of four, Mama Toti built this three-bedroom house with her own earnings, and she isn’t finished yet.
THE RIGHT TO CLEAN WATER In the highlands of Ecuador, Mercedes Naula trekked onto private property to “steal” water. On the three daily trips needed to quench her family’s thirst, she was chased by dogs and risked her safety. “We couldn’t waste even a drop,” Mercedes says of the precious resource. She didn’t know she had a right to the very thing she thought she was stealing—until WE intervened.
As a proud founding partner of WE, RBC is committed to empowering young people for the fast changing world of tomorrow. Through educational curriculum and programming that promotes skill development, resilience and preparedness, RBC invests in and supports youth not only for their own benefit but for the collective benefit of our communities and the world.
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