MoneyGram Making Dreams Come True Through Educational Partnership with Black Pencil Project
School-in-A-Box program will provide complete study packs, teacher's kits, and learning materials for marginalized children
Makati, Philippines (September 21, 2016) – MoneyGram, a global provider of innovative money transfer services, through the MoneyGram Foundation, strengthens its thrust of helping children around the world in gaining access to educational facilities and learning resources, with its new partnership with the Black Pencil Project for the “School-in-A-Box Program.”
Andrea Maramotti, MoneyGram International’s head of marketing for AMEAP, Russia & CIS, , handed over a donation worth PHP 1 million to the Black Pencil Project’s founder Mon Corpuz through a symbolic RED PENCIL turnover. This is a momentous turnover of the 1 million pencils to the children for the ‘”School-in-A-Box Program”.
“Our PHP 1 million will go a long way. The School-in-A-Box program will provide complete study packs, teacher’s kits, and relevant learning resource materials for the marginalized children from the indigenous communities,” said Andrea Maramotti while handing over the donation.
MoneyGram Foundation’s mission is firmly rooted in the belief that education is the key to better economic opportunities, healthier families, individual freedom and empowerment.
The Black Pencil Project is an independent civilian volunteer organization that assists selected schools from far-flung areas all over the country. , The Project was founded by photographer Mon Corpuz in June 2008.
“We are prioritizing critical cultural communities, and we’ve worked to improve children’s education, health, and well-being with indigenous people’s (IP) rights in mind,” says Mon Corpuz. “We believe that by helping the children of IP communities, we contribute to their plight for survival amidst the threats of cultural deterioration,” he adds.
MoneyGram’s donation will benefit at least six barrio schools equipping them with basic school supplies for both children and teachers during the school year. The donation will provide at least 2,500 students from kindergarten to grade 6 with prescribed pencils, writing pads, notebooks and art materials relevant to their current grade level.
The supplies will be delivered to the Ivatans and Ifugaos of Banawe from Cambulo Elementary School, the Dumagats of Rizal from Casili Elementary schools, and the Aetas of Tarlac from Labney Elementary school in Mayantoc Tarlac. The MoneyGram employees will personally visit and hand these school supplies to the children.
Other communities that will benefit from this donation include the Ivatans of Batanes from Sabtang Central Elementary School, the Palawanons of Palawan from Cagayan Elementary School, and the Mangyans of Mindoro from Sablayan Elementary School.
“This is our way of reaching out to our brothers from the marginalized communities to let them know that they are not alone in reaching their dreams. We firmly believe that education is the key to a better tomorrow,” said Alex Chan Lim, Philippines MoneyGram Country Manager. He also pointed out that "this activity, along with the four classroom structures MoneyGram donated in Bohol last March 2016 and November 2015, exemplifies our company's thrust and commitment to transform lives of the communities and customers we serve by providing them with meaningful access to education. We are optimistic that these activities will help uplift and enrich future of children through education".