Earlier this year, MoneyGram generously committed $100,000 over the next three years to help support the education of school-aged girls in India through one of Holt’s partner agencies. The project will target 300 girls from underprivileged families who are at risk of dropping out of school. Support will include assistance with school tuition as well as books and school uniforms.
Holt began an educational sponsorship program in India in 2008 to empower girls and promote gender equality. The program is designed to provide motivation and support to keep children – especially girls – in school.
To celebrate this important achievement for children, MoneyGram will host a special event in Bangalore on October 10th. Susan Cox, Holt vice president of public policy, and Patty Sullivan, MoneyGram vice president of communications, are in Bangalore this week for the special festivities.
The following is a blog entry from Susan Cox:
The first thing I notice when entering our partner agency’s kitchen is bright yellow walls painted with vibrant and cheery red, blue and green flowers and the smiling faces of children. The warm, welcoming walls reflect the positive spirit that is the heart of this beautiful child welfare organization in India, our long-time and trusted partner agency.
It’s been more than 10 years since I visited Bangalore. Sunday evening I had the pleasure to attend the meeting of the board of trustees, and later the entire Holt staff joined us for dinner.
My time in Bangalore got off to a perfect start — meeting with Executive Director Mary Paul, who has been a godsend to the orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children of India for many years. It is exciting to see how devoted Mary Paul and the care providers are to the children, and how eager they are to find ways to expand the important work they do for children and families.