Africa and Middle East
The foundation's work across Africa and the Middle East - from Benin to Egypt to Kenya - continues to advance our mission of developing new and innovative curriculum, training teachers, and supporting educational facility growth in hard-to-reach areas in need.
The MoneyGram Foundation has contributed over $500,000 in Africa and the Middle East through 12 grants benefiting almost 20,000 students.
In 2015, the foundation awarded a $74,000 grant to Aide et Action to fund the digital component of a community mobilization project for six primary schools in Benin. Aide et Action aims to reduce inefficiencies and support technology integration in Benin schools, where more than one in five school-age girls and one in 10 boys do not attend school. The grant, which benefited 8,834 children, also included educational tools to increase student awareness of environmental issues, the need for proper hygiene, and health concerns including HIV/AIDS.
In 2015, the foundation awarded a $43,725 grant to World Learning to provide advanced Intel Core i5 laptops for 75 incoming students at the Maadi STEM School for Girls in Cairo, Egypt, founded by World Learning. The cutting-edge STEM curriculum relies upon laptops capable of running high-powered applications, and students will pass them on after completing the programs.
In 2013, the foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to World Learning to translate and print 500 workbooks, and provide teacher training in financial literacy education for orphaned and vulnerable children in Ethiopia. More than 500 children benefited from the grant.
The foundation provided $60,000 to sponsor the expansion of an e-reader program in Ghana with Pencils of Promise in 2015. Four community schools in Ghana received 400 new e-readers loaded with 40,000 e-books. The e-readers were distributed to 900 students in grades 3-6 for use in their classrooms and at home. Nearly 25 percent of the Ghanaian population over the age of 15 is illiterate, and this was the first time most of the children, parents and teachers involved in the program had been introduced to technology.
In 2015, the foundation awarded a $45,500 grant to the Co-operative Bank of Kenya Foundation to help create and implement educational mentorship and career development programs. The program equips 444 underprivileged students in the seven regions and 47 counties of Kenya with essential psychosocial support to boost their academic performance and ensure they have the necessary skills to succeed in university and beyond.
In 2014, the foundation provided a $42,249 grant to the Global Gratitude Alliance for 20 primary and secondary school scholarships and the construction of a new boarding house and computer lab for orphans living at the Maisha house in rural Kenya. The grant impacted 125 children.
The foundation provided funding for 425 high-quality new books, which were distributed in Nigeria through First Book in 2015.
The foundation provided funding for 5,200 high-quality new books, which were distributed in Senegal through First Book in 2015.
In 2013, the foundation launched the first One Laptop Per Child project in South Africa by awarding a $75,000 grant to supply 250 rugged, low-cost XO laptops to children in Orange Farm.
In 2014, the foundation awarded a $51,209 grant to Room to Read, to support the development of innovative reading and writing curriculum in Zambia, benefiting 1,750 students. Room to Read is a U.S.-based global nonprofit that works to improve literacy and gender equality in education by collaborating with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa.