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.
Mar 17, 2015

A new way forward after Ebola

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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!
Feb 25, 2015

Her turn to go back to school.

Brand new back packs for the girls!
Brand new back packs for the girls!

Dear MTM family,

We are thankful to be able to use our school as a school again and we can’t wait for school to begin next week! We are adding 35 new students, most of whom have been orphaned or abandoned by Ebola. Here’s an excerpt from a report our Program Manager, Iris, gave about student recruitment:

 

Individuals and organizations referred children identified as vulnerable to our school. Each referral slip had the criteria attached, a list of vulnerable factors of which a majority must apply to the student. Forms were compiled and evaluated by a small committee according to priority risk factors. Potential students were called for placement tests, to attempt to fill the vacant places present in the classes. After the test, an interview was done with the student by social worker as well as a current student of the school. Based on the test and interviews, recruits were further followed by home visits and inspection and community interviews. Those identified most vulnerable and whose stories aligned with interview and in-home inspections were selected to attend the More Than Me Academy. We are also planning to launch a malnourishment feeding program for local children affected by Ebola.

Thank you for believing in these girls and coming on this journey with us. We can’t wait to see our students thrive this year in school!

With high hopes and big deams,

Emily

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