MoneyGram and The Asia Foundation Launch Initiative to Deliver 28,000 Books in the Philippines

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MoneyGram executives and The Asia Foundation’s Dr. Steven Rood and Reynald Ocampo distribute books to Rizal High School in Pasig City.

Manila, August 27, 2014 — The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program partnered with the MoneyGram Foundation to deliver as many as 28,000 books over 30 various schools across the Philippines, providing enhanced access to learning resources, and impacting millions of school-age children and young adults. The campaign was launched through an inaugural turnover of more than 2,500 books at the Rizal High School in Pasig City.

Through the MoneyGram Foundation grant, the books will be distributed to more than 30 schools in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao. The books and educational materials will help develop children’s English language skills; improve professional and examination skills; enhance knowledge in the business, legal, and science professions; and infuse children with an early love of reading that is critical to literacy.

We believe education leads to an improved livelihood over the long term, benefiting entire families in the future,” stated Yogesh Sangle, MoneyGram Senior Director of Asia. “MoneyGram believes early education is at the heart of a better life—economic opportunities, healthier families, individual freedom and empowerment.”

The distribution event was spearheaded by Sangle together with MoneyGram Country Manager Alex Lim, MoneyGram Regional Marketing Director Sabrina Chan, The Asia Foundation Country Representative Dr. Steven Rood, Books for Asia Program Coordinator Reynald Ocampo, and representatives from MoneyGram agents in the Philippines.

Read more about the Foundation’s work in the Philippines. For media inquiries, please visit the Press Room.

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