More Than Me

The More Than Me Academy is on a mission to make sure education and opportunity, not exploitation and poverty, define the lives of the most vulnerable girls from the West Point Slum of Liberia. When she graduates, she will decide what comes next for her life.
May 26, 2015

Ecstatic to be Back

Dear More Than Me Family,

What a whirlwind of a year it has been. The last couple of months have been both hectic and exciting with the official declaration that Liberia is free of Ebola transmission and the reopening of the MTM Academy! We are so thankful for your support during this time. It is because of you that we were able to stand by our girls during Ebola and work to ensure their education and safety was not forgotten.

All Ebola operations were officially closed at the end of April. We continue to support the Ebola survivors we helped through the epidemic as they rebuild their lives and resume normality. We are so thankful that our students from last year maintained their health during that time.

School is now open and in full swing, and the girls are working hard and learning new skills every day. In fact, after examinations,which were given in every subject, five students were promoted to higher classes so that they can continue to be academically challenged. These students achieved an average score of 90% or above after taking all subject exams! Woo! The British Ambassador, Kanbar Hossein Bar, also recognized three students for winning a poetry contest. These students attended tea and cake with the ambassador as a celebration!

We are also working to further integrate technology into the classrooms, train our teachers on the most effective teaching methods, and recruit teachers to tutor in our after school program for those students who need extra help.

As we return to our original mission and start researching new education technology initiatives, we have decided to deactivate this project so that we can consolidate our goals and not pull focus away from our priority at the school. You can still fund our ongoing education programs by giving directly through our website here or on GlobalGiving through our More Than Me Girls Academy project. (If you are a recurring donor to this project, you’re monthly gift will automatically by transferred to the MTM Girls Academy project.)

Your donations helped sustain us during an unfathomably difficult period and made sure that we got our girls back in school. We beat Ebola, and you helped us do it. THANK YOU for always believing in our girls.

 

 For a brighter future,

 Helen, Project Intern, and the More Than Me team

May 26, 2015

Celebrating an Ebola-Free Liberia

Dear MTM Family,

After months and months of what seemed like never ending suffering and sadness brought upon Liberia by the Ebola epidemic, we are finally able to celebrate an Ebola-Free Liberia and the reopening of the More Than Me Academy! While we are continuing to support many Ebola survivors as they rebuild their lives and return to normalcy, we have also shifted our focus back to our main mission: to ensure that when our girls graduate, they get to determine what comes next for their lives. After taking in 35 new students, including Ebola orphans, we are continuing to get more orphans into MTM as soon as possible. School is open, bustling with activities, and operations are almost back in full swing!

We couldn’t have done it without you. Your support helped us to be a strong force on the front lines of Ebola with our ambulance team while also providing counseling, resources, and aid in Ebola treatment. Thank you. As we move forward and shift our focus back to the MTM Academy, we have decided to deactivate this project. We have big plans for the future, including a boarding school where our girls can be in a safe environment 24/7. You can still fund our ongoing education programs through donating directly to our website or through our Help Students Catch Up After Ebola GlobalGiving project. Thank you for all that you do for us. 

Sending thanks and love from your More Than Me family,

Helen, Project Intern, and the More Than Me Team

May 26, 2015

Her Story After Ebola

Dear MTM Family,

School is open and the girls are so excited to be back in school. We are cautiously celebrating the news of the release of Liberia's last Ebola patient, and remain focused on supporting the survivors of this horrible epidemic. What happened during Ebola was unacceptable, and it affected us deeply. Now more than ever, we must do more to ensure that our girls graduate with real opportunities. On top of running the More Than Me Academy and supporting Ebola survivors, we are exploring ways to rebuild Liberia's education system to make the biggest impact possible.  

As we prepare to leapfrog our girls forward, we've decided to deactivate this project and focus on our exisiting More Than Me Girls Academy project and establishing a new path forward. Your donations have helped us get 35 more girls in school, most of whom were orphaned or abandoned by Ebola. (Our expansion plans changed from adding 75 new students when Ebola hit.) Not only did your donations provide these girls with an education, but you also provided them with two hearty meals a day, access to healthcare, access to a computer lab and library, and a robust afterschool program, ensuring the girls are off the street for the entire day from 7am to 5pm. THANK YOU. You deserve a pat on the back. 

You can still help fund our education programs by giving directly through our website here or on GlobalGiving through our More Than Me Girls Academy project.

Thank you for believing in a brighter future for Liberia.

In this together,

Emily and the More Than Me team