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

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

Mar 17, 2015

A new way forward after Ebola

Liberia
Liberia's #futureleaders

Dear MTM Family,

School is open and the girls are so excited to be back in school. We are cautiously celebrating 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. Now more than ever, we must do more to ensure that girls like Tonia (pictured above) graduate with real opportunities. On top of running the More Than Me Academy and supporting Ebola survivors, we are researching how to make the biggest impact possible in Liberia by rebuilding its education system.

As we prepare to leapfrog our girls forward, we've decided to deactivate this project. Your donations have helped us expand our programs to 150 girls, and to provide all of 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. We couldn't have done this without you.

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. 

Thank you for believing in a brighter future for Liberia. 

We're in this together,

Emily and the More Than Me team

First day of school!
First day of school!
Mar 3, 2015

2015 Update - Continuing to See Results

The coalition has been hard at work to end the Ebola outbreak for good in Monrovia!

Cases are getting closer to zero each week, with the remaining cases now concentrated in two counties, including Montserrado country, where we work. MTM and the coalition are at the forefront of ensuring that urban communities in Monrovia have the resources and knowledge necessary to stay safe and vigilant to ensure that there are no new cases and the outbreak ends completely.

Recent updates:

  • In January, MTM entered an MOU with 6 local clinics and hired nurses to oversee care of residents in these 6 communities. These clinics provide free health services, through MTM’s support, to residents, ensuring they continue to seek medical care and that any potential cases have access to treatment. Given many families have had their livelihoods affected by the epidemic, it also ensures that they can access basic healthcare as the community recovers. In January alone, 212 patients were treated at these facilities.
  • Active case finders are operating in 6 communities and referring any ill residents to MTM’s nurse liaisons for care in clinics and screening for Ebola symptoms.
  • MTM is providing counseling and resources to 171 survivors, including Ebola orphans and children who survived the disease. Survivors receive basic necessities and food, as well as reentry counseling and support to overcome stigma and help them recover livelihoods.
  • The MTM ambulance has continued operating and has very fortunately had just 5 cases to transport in January. It will continue serving Monrovia until the epidemic is definitively over, at which point MTM will look at how it can be turned over to the community.

As the epidemic ends, MTM is focused on supporting these communities to ensure that Ebola is gone for good and also that they have the support and resources necessary to recover. There are 200 Ebola orphans estimated to be in West Point alone (a community of over 100,000) and many families have lost businesses and so have reduced abilities to pay for food, education, or medical care. MTM will continue to provide emergency services to stop transmission and infection, but will also ensure that support for these vulnerable community members does not end abruptly when the epidemic does.

Upper Cauldwell says thank you to MTM!
Upper Cauldwell says thank you to MTM!
Our amazing ambulance team
Our amazing ambulance team
Our nursing team!
Our nursing team!
And our social work team!
And our social work team!

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