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MoneyGram Foundation Celebrates Second School Built with Pencils of Promise

Luang Prabang, LAOS (May 8, 2018) – The representatives of the MoneyGram Foundation, the Pencils of Promise team and local community members celebrated today the opening of the Sam Nyaek II School in the Luang Prabang Province. The construction of the building was possible thanks to a grant awarded by the MoneyGram Foundation to Pencils of Promise, an international nonprofit organization that increases quality education access through programs for children in the developing world.

The MoneyGram Foundation grant allowed for the construction of a school that lifted barriers to education such as overcrowding, poor ventilation and unsanitary conditions. The construction of the Sam Nyaek II School was a joint effort, with teachers, parents, and local community members working together for a few months to construct and equip the building for the benefit of more than 640 students and 430 community members.

“A positive learning environment is essential to students’ success as it presents an opportunity to build academic and social skills. We are proud to support the work that Pencils of Promise does throughout the Luang Prabang Province for the second time. Thanks to our collaboration, the children have now access to a modern facility constructed specifically to meet the needs of the local community,” said Raj Dhorkay, MoneyGram’s regional head for Malaysia, Brunei and Indo China.

To date, the MoneyGram Foundation has awarded over $575,000 to the pursuit of education efforts in the Asia Pacific region.

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About MoneyGram Foundation
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. To learn more, please visit or connect with us on Facebook.

About Pencils of Promise
Pencils of Promise (“PoP”) is a for-purpose organization founded in 2008 with the goal of increasing access to quality education for children in the developing world. PoP works with communities across the globe to build schools and create programs that provide educational opportunities for children, no matter where they were born or what resources they have. To date, PoP has built over 460 schools throughout Ghana, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Laos, and is providing education to more than 86,000 students, establishing itself as a leader amongst the innovative global nonprofits working toward sustainable social change.

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