Promoting literacy in the Philippines' remote communities
[Editor’s note: MoneyGram Foundation recently organized the second run of Inspiring Minds with the Gift of Literacy project to provide books to remote areas in the Bicol region. Below is their press release.]
BICOL REGION, Philippines – MoneyGram International, Inc., a global provider of innovative money transfer services continues to inspire and empower the Filipino youth through the second run of Inspiring Minds with the Gift of Literacy project in collaboration with The Asia Foundation.
A total of 7,500 books and 2 mobile MoneyGram Gift Carts were turned over to 15 elementary schools during the event. These books benefit students and teachers in underserved and rural communities in the cities of Legazpi and Iriga of the Bicol region.
To further engage and inspire the young students, the book giving program included a tongue twister poem reading contest between teachers and pupils, followed by a career talk, where speakers emphasized the importance of education in helping them achieve their dream career and lead a better life.
“The MoneyGram Foundation was established with the goal of empowering school-aged youth through educational initiatives across the globe,” said Sabrina Chan, MoneyGram’s Marketing Leader for the APACMESA region. “The partnership with The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program ensures students not only have access to books and libraries, but also have a chance for better economic opportunities, healthier families, and individual freedom and empowerment.”
The mobile MoneyGram Gift Carts and the new books donated will allow students in remote parts of the Philippines to have access to learning resources that will help improve literacy and quality of education.
“The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program has donated books to the underserved communities of the Philippines since 1954 and continues to believe in the power of literacy to positively impact lives, both now and in the future. The Asia Foundation is grateful to the MoneyGram Foundation for its support in helping communities across the Philippines,” said Sam Chittick, The Asia Foundation country representative for the Philippines. – Rappler.com
MoneyGram established the MoneyGram Foundation in 2012 to help children around the world gain access to educational facilities and learning resources. Its mission is firmly rooted in the belief that education is at the heart of better economic opportunities, healthier families and individual freedom and empowerment. The MoneyGram Foundation is focused on inspiring minds and improving lives and grants funds to deserving organizations with this mission in mind. Visit their website to learn more.