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The Spark Group has collaborated with the IMTC (International Money Transfers Conference) and Mohr World Consulting in order to create the MTMD, a social responsibility project geared toward the Money Transfer Industry.

MTMD is a way to bring social responsibility into the work of the MT Industry by identifying community and social development programs in the main international money transfer destinations. Through a joint effort of the various organizations that make up this industry, we will work together to support programs in these key markets. As of now, we have identified four programs:

Brazil: UMPMRS

The Rocinho favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is one of the most widely known favela (shantytown), a favela where people strive to better their current situation by any means possible. The União de Mulheres Pro-Melhoramento da Roupa Suja (UMPMRS) is a community-run non-profit organization who works with children and their families to improve the lives of the residents of Roupa Suja, the most needy area of Rocinha, through social inclusion and education. The UMPMRS houses a daycare and various after school programs.

Colombia: Pintando Caminos

Pintando Caminos (Painting Pathways) is a project in Ciudad Bolivar, in the outskirts of Bogota. Ciudad Bolivar has more than a million people, a great number of them very poor. This area, called “Potosí”, is full of single parent families, grand-parents caring for kids, older siblings taking care of younger ones, kids alone with little or no attention who fall victim to crime, prostitution, and drugs. Pintando Caminos is a program that not only keeps children off the streets, but offers children educational and skill programs that propel children and their families into brighter futures.

Guatemala: The Mayan Project

The Mayan Project is a school in Huixoc, a village in the mountains of Huehuetenango, close to the Mexican border. It is a small town of merely 500 people, most of Mayan descent. The school has become a place where children can continue their education past elementary school– a place where they can develop skills that allow them to break long and rooted cycles of poverty within their families.

Vietnam: Rose Vietnam

Rose Vietnam provides donations and volunteer work to various orphanages and schools in Vietnam. One of its largest projects are the Be Tho orphanages where more than 100 children, aged between 1 month and 18 years, live. Additionally, the orphanages provides care and resources for forty children with mental and physical disorders. The children at these orphanages receive food, love, mentoring, affection, and tools that help them lead productive and fulfilling lives.

With the help of the MT Industry, our goal is to support these programs by providing much needed resources to guarantee their continuation and success. The Spark Group’s goal is to unite the MT Industry toward one common goal- empowering the communities that MT customers call home. Through the use of social media, we will work to widen and breach communication gaps between the MT industry, its customers, and the various social projects.

To learn more about the MTMD, visit the website here. If you’re interested in finding out how to help out, email help@wearemakingadifference.org.

By: Daniela Cuevas

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