“Our Php1 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,” says Andrea Maramotti, MoneyGram International Head of Marketing for Emerging Markets.
Definitely, any amount, and the larger the better, will do something great for projects that will benefit the young and helping them to get schooled as they are our future leaders in the making.
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. It’s a big help and the P1 million donation will go a long way for the kids who want to have a decent education but they cannot because of their present conditions.
Through the voice of MoneyGram’s Brand Ambassador, Robin Padilla, the ‘School-in-A-Box’ project aims to benefit the kids and also the OFWs around the world who are working hard to send remittances for their loved ones here in the country to augment their family’s lives and sustain the education of their kids.
“Mas ngayon mas intensified. Ngayon talaga binigay ko yung oras ng pag-iikot hindi lang sa Pilipinas, kundi sa ibang bansa. Binigyan ko talga ng oras yan. Jatunayan kadarating lang namin (galing Japan) aalis na namin kami ulit. At patungkol naman sa Pilipinas, eto ngang edukasyon, yun ang talagang ine-encourage natin lalong-lalo na sa local government,” Padill told the media who covered the handing over MoneyGram’s donation worth Php 1million to the Black Pencil Project’s founder 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’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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