MoneyGram International Responds to Haitian Crisis
In response to Tuesday’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, MoneyGram International announced today a program to help Haitians living abroad send immediate relief to their loved ones in Haiti for significantly reduced fees.
Through Sunday, Jan. 24, MoneyGram is offering special pricing of $1 USD* and similar pricing in foreign currencies for money transfers to Haiti from any of MoneyGram’s 186,000 locations throughout the world.
As a global money transfer company, MoneyGram recognizes that the level of disaster confronting Haiti following the severe earthquake will spark an increase in money transfers from people sending financial support to family and friends.
“This effort by MoneyGram and our agents will assist our customers in maximizing the funds sent to loved ones during this difficult time,” said Dan O’Malley, MoneyGram EVP of the Americas. “MoneyGram and our agents in Haiti are deeply concerned for the Haitian people as they work to restore their access to basic necessities. Food, water, and medical care are among the most critical needs, but soon the focus will turn to recovery and we expect individuals to increase their support to family and friends in Haiti. Our priority is to ensure our agents are operational as quickly as possible and to help our customers get the most out of the funds that reach their loved ones.”
Countries with the highest volume of money transfer sends to Haiti include the United States, Canada, France, Mexico, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean.
MoneyGram has nearly 130 agent locations in Haiti including Caribbean World Trading S A, Grace Trading, Moneylink S A, Rapid Transfe and Unibank. For information on locations that are operating near Port-au-Prince, visit www.moneygram.com or follow MoneyGram on Facebook.
In addition to the temporary fee reductions, MoneyGram awarded a $10,000 grant to the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) for disaster relief in Haiti. PADF is the natural disaster relief arm of the Organization of American States.
“PADF has had a presence in Haiti for nearly three decades, working with Haitians to build a better life and brighter future for their families,” said John Warner, MoneyGram’s vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean. “We’re supporting them as they bring needed relief to Haitian communities during this unimaginable disaster. We’re also working to provide sustained service at our agent locations and the lowest fees, allowing our customers to send desperately needed funds to loved ones in Haiti.”
The MoneyGram Global Giving Program issues grants to organizations around the globe, including those that respond in times of disaster. The program also awards grants for basic needs and essential literacy and education. Last year, MoneyGram awarded funds to programs in more than 35 countries including $30,000 for programs in Haiti. More information is available at www.moneygram.com/giving.
In the UAE, MoneyGram transactions can be sent and received from all Al Rostamani, Al Ahalia and Al Fardan Exchange locations, as well as several other agent locations that have the MoneyGram sign.