Penson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: PNSN), today launched a year-long campaign to support the global charity “Sense International” with the goal of building a school for deafblind children in the village of Bwanda, Uganda.
“Penson is very pleased to support Sense International, which has achieved great success in bettering the lives of deafblind children and adults around the world,” said Daniel P. Son, President, Penson Worldwide. “We will continue to support other charities, with the main focus of our effort in 2009 on Sense International and its project in Uganda.”
The project in Bwanda, Uganda, involves construction of a school to support 20 deafblind children at a cost estimated at $100,000. The project includes a training center for teachers and support workers that will be a resource for all of East Africa.
The year-long project will be supported by fund-raising activities in all of Penson’s divisions and offices, including Dallas, New York, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, London and Hong Kong. Penson Worldwide’s headquarters in Dallas kicks off the campaign today with five days of activities, each dedicated to one of the five senses – sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing.
Pam Williams-Jones, Chief Executive, Sense International, noted that Sense International is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is honored to be chosen as Penson’s first “global charity.”
“Children born deaf and blind in the developing world face unbelievable challenges but we know that with the right support a deafblind child can learn to communicate and flourish. Many deafblind children are still waiting for Sense International’s help – in the developing world four out of five of these children will die before their fifth birthday,” Ms Williams-Jones said. “As a result of Penson’s support for the Bwanda deafblind school, many children who otherwise would have been written off, will now have an opportunity to learn and to have fun like any other child. The impact made by this project will be felt across the region for many years to come.”
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