|MoneyGram Global Brand Ambassador Robin Padilla during the MoneyGram and Black Pencil Project partnership media presentation held at The Manila Peninsula Makati, September 21, 2016.|
On September 21, 2016, MoneyGram International’s Vice President for Marketing -AMEAP, Russia & CIS, Andrea Maramotti, and hands over their donation worth Php1million 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”.
MoneyGram Foundation’s mission is firmly rooted in the belief that education is the key to better economic opportunities, healthier families and individual freedom and empowerment.
“Our Php1million 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,” says Andrea Maramotti, MoneyGram International Head of Marketing for Emerging Markets.
The Black Pencil Project is an independent civilian volunteer organization that assists select schools from far-flung areas all over the country. Founded in June 2008, the Black Pencil Project was founded by photographer Mon Corpuz.
“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. “We believe that by helping the children of IP communities, we contribute to their plight for survival amidst the threats of cultural degeneration,” 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 kinder to grade 6 with prescribed pencils, writing pads, notebooks and art materials relevant to their current grade level.
Target communities include 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 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, Philippine MoneygGram 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 in transforming the 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 the lives of children through education".
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