Daily Archives: April 6, 2018

MoneyGram Foundation Promotes Literacy in Ghana

Children receive reading books and school supplies

ACCRA, Ghana, April 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — MoneyGram, a global provider of innovative money transfer services, is thrilled to announce that the MoneyGram Foundation has distributed books, notebooks and school supplies to about 1,000 students at Osu Home Primary & JHS School in Accra. The event reflects MoneyGram Foundation’s commitment to improving lives of children worldwide by providing equal access to early education.

MoneyGram Foundation Supports Literacy in Ghana

“As studies show, educational skills can improve over time when interventions start at an early age. I’m happy to be here today with my colleagues from MoneyGram to distribute school supplies and talk about the importance of reading. Through our donation and engagement, we hope to inspire the change that will improve educational opportunities for children across Africa,” said Patrick Appiah, MoneyGram’s regional head for West Africa.

The books are part of a global book distribution grant through First Book, a U.S.-based nonprofit social enterprise focused on equal access to quality education for kids in need. The donation is just one of many educational efforts funded by the MoneyGram Foundation in the region. In 2013, the Foundation awarded a $60,000 grant to Pencils of Promise to support the establishment of an e-reader program in four community schools in Ghana.

Since 2013, the Foundation has awarded over $600,000 in grants towards building infrastructure, supporting technology, and promoting literacy in Africa.


About MoneyGram

MoneyGram is a global provider of innovative money transfer and payment services and is recognized worldwide as a financial connection to friends and family. Whether online, or through a mobile device, at a kiosk or in a local store, we connect consumers any way that is convenient for them. We also provide bill payment services, issue money orders and process official checks in select markets. More information about MoneyGram International, Inc. is available at moneygram.com.

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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 moneygramfoundation.org or connect with us on Facebook.

About First Book

First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book is creating equal access to quality education—making everything from brand-new, high-quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment, winter coats, snacks, and more—affordable to its member network of more than 350,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 170 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 3 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need. With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in North America exclusively serving kids in need.

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MECKLENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA– Five persons have been arrested in connection with the petrol-bomb attack on a bus carrying mine workers which claimed six lives on Monday night near Burgersfort in Limpopo Province.

The five are expected to make their first court appearance at the Mecklenburg Magistrate’s Court here to face charges of murder, attempted murder and malicious damage to property.

They attacked a bus carrying 52 mine workers. Six people died and 28 miners are still being treated in hospital.

Limpopo Police Spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the five suspects, aged between 21 and 30 years, were arrested Wednesday after an intensive investigation. They were arrested at five different locations.

Meanwhile, the process to identify the six deceased mine workers is expected to be completed soon.

Police said more arrests are imminent.



JOHANNESBURG– Non-governmental organization (NGO) Corruption Watch says the growing public pressure on corrupt people and systems has contributed to recent significant changes in South Africa.

In its 2017 Corruption Report, the NGO, which monitors incidents of corruption involving public, trade union and donated charitable resources organization, says there has been a 25 per cent increase in the number of reports of corruption made in 2017.

The report, entitled, The Time is Now, reveals that 46 per cent of the reports originated from Gauteng Province, South Africa’s most populous province hwere the seats of government and business — Pretoria and Johannesburg respectively — are located.

Gauteng is followed by the next two most populous provinces, KwaZulu-Natal with 13 per cent of the reports and Western Cape province with 8.0 per cent.

The Executive Director of Corruption Watch, David Lewis, said Thursday that 2017 was “a watershed year in the South African history and in the history against the struggle of corruption”, culminating in the removal of a regime which had enabled the capture of a South African state, in reference to the recall of Jacob Zuma from the presidency by the two national executive of his own party, the ruling African National Congress.

“But we mustn’t lose sight of the amount of work that went into it on the part of civil society and on the part of the media, supported by the courts. But above all, what it took for an active public to overthrow a corrupt regime, said Lewis.