MoneyGram reperesentatives in collaboration with Black Pencil Project visited the remote areas in Banaue, Ifugao to bring the School in a Box program which aims to provide sufficient education materials and school packs to underserved schools in remote areas of the Philippines.
Moneygram has committed 1 million php worth of educations supplies to the current project.
On this final leg of the program, MoneyGram and Black Pencil visited three educational facilities in Banaue namely Cambulo, Matao and Pula Elementary Schools. A total of 500 pupils from Day Care up to Grade 6 levels benefitted from the said activity.
“We at MoneyGram believe in the transformative power of education in the lives of people. We believe that it is both a duty and a privilege for corporations such as ours to involve ourselves and do our part in helping uplift communities by promoting learning and literacy,” said Alex Chan Lim, MoneyGram country manager. “This latest leg of our School-in-a-Box program in Banaue, Ifugao is proof of our commitment to help empower young minds no matter the distance, no matter the challenge, no matter the cost,” he added.
Moneygram has been in partnership with the Black Pencil project for the last 2 years in its educational outreach segment and besides the partnership,MoneyGram has also independently supported other education-related endeavors such as its book donation to the University of the Philippines Integrated School and classroom donations in Central Visayas.
“It is very encouraging for us at Black Pencil to have partnered with a company that is as passionate about education as we are. We commend MoneyGram for its consistency and dedication in making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged youth. We look forward to working with them again in our future outreaches,” said Mon Corpuz, founder of the Black Pencil Project.
Banaue is situated in the northernmost tip of the province of Ifugao and is approximately a 15-hour trip from Metro Manila. Known for its beautiful scenery particularly the Banaue Rice Terraces, the rough and mountainous terrain in far-flung areas of Banaue particularly Cambulo, Matao and Pula make it difficult for pupils to have access to the myriad of learning tools that are normally available to students in the lowlands.
The Black Pencil Project is an independent civilian volunteer organization founded by photographer Mon Corpuz in June 2008. It assists schools from far-flung areas all over the country.