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.
Nov 26, 2014

Help Us Get Our Girls Back In School

Dear More Than Me Family,

Thank you for your continued support. Over the past few months, we've expanded our mission to fight Ebola, and the fight is not over yet. We've started The Coalition to End Ebola because we believe that as long as Ebola is in Liberia, our girls are at risk. So we are fighting to end this epidemic as quickly as possible by understanding and supporting the needs of communities and local leaders and remaining flexible to respond rapidly to urgent needs.

As you know, the Ebola crisis forced schools to shut down in July. They remain closed today, which means that our girls have been out of school for way too long. Recently, President Sirleaf lifted the state of emergency in Liberia and hopes to be able to reopen schools in early 2015. We are working hard in our community and hoping that Ebola cases continue to decline so that we can reopen the More Than Me Academy in February 2015. 

We will open the school for our current MTM students and will employ a mixture of last year's staff and Liberian and international volunteers. On top of normal subjects, we'll provide health and computer classes, school meals, and access to healthcare and psychosocial services.

To continue this work, we absolutely need your help. The next GlobalGiving Match Day is on Giving Tuesday, December 2nd! On that day, donations up to $500 are matched 100% by Microsoft. Matching starts at 9am ET on Tuesday, December 2nd. Need a reminder? Join our facebook event and we'll share the link at the exact time matching starts.

In this together,

Emily and the More Than Me Team

Krubo bringing water to quarantined families.
Krubo bringing water to quarantined families.
Mamawa forgot about the no touching rule!
Mamawa forgot about the no touching rule!

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Nov 26, 2014

Out of school, but never out of mind.

Dear More Than Me Family,

Thank you for your continued support. Over the past few months, we've expanded our mission to fight Ebola, and the fight is not over yet. Our mission in the time of Ebola is:

As long as there is Ebola in Liberia, our girls are at risk. More Than Me is fighting with everything we are made of to end this epidemic that terrorizes our children and the communities in which they live. We are doing this by understanding the pulse of the local people, remaining flexible to respond rapidly to urgent needs, and supporting efforts that have the highest return. (You can learn more about our Ebola projects here.)

The Ebola crisis forced schools to shut down in July. They remain closed today, which means that our girls have been out of school for way too long. Recently, President Sirleaf lifted the state of emergency in Liberia and announced that she hopes to be able to reopen schools in early 2015. We are hoping with all our hearts that this will come true, and we are aiming to reopen the More Than Me Academy in February 2015. 

But, we need your help! The next GlobalGiving match day is on #GivingTuesday - that's December 2nd! On that day, donations up to $500 are matched 100% by Microsoft. Will you help get girls like Mamawa back in school?

Matching starts at 9am ET on Tuesday, December 2nd. Need a reminder? Join our facebook event and we'll share the link at the exact time matching starts.

With love for Liberia,

Emily and the More Than Me Team

Mamawa forgot the no hugging rule.
Mamawa forgot the no hugging rule.
Team meeting at school turned Ebola headqrtrs
Team meeting at school turned Ebola headqrtrs

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Aug 26, 2014

Fighting to get her in school

Girls receiving their care packages
Girls receiving their care packages

Dear supporters,

Thank you for continuing to give our girls the chance to go to school. Earlier this summer, we were prepared to start the recruitment process for three new classes of Kindergarten through referral forms submitted by local partner organizations. Before we could start, however, the Ebola outbreak engulfed Liberia's capital, Monrovia. On July 30th, President Sirleaf recommended that schools close and large meetings cease. We decided to close summer school at the MTM Academy for the safety of our girls, staff, and community. 

On July 31st, the girls and their families came to school for their last day. We gave care packages to the girls that included workbook pages to keep them busy and learning, medicine for fever and bacterial illnesses, Ebola awareness posters, health care referral forms, oral rehydration solutions, chlorine, soap, and rice. All students, parents, and staff also attended an awareness class led by doctors and staff from UNICEF, the IRC, and Ministry of Health. While the school is closed, all expat staff members have been relocated to the US.

To date, we've had no reported cases of Ebola related illness in students or staff.

On Friday August 22nd, our founder Katie Meyler arrived back in Liberia to help the West Point community, where the majority of our girls live. You can follow her journey at http://racingheartblog.tumblr.com/

Thank you for your continued support. We hope to reopen school as soon as it's safe for our girls. Until then, we will keep fighting for a better, faster, more organized response to the outbreak, both in West Point and across Liberia. Please direct any questions, comments, or words of support to emilyb@morethanme.org.

In this together,

Emily & the MTM Team

Katie in West Point checking on students
Katie in West Point checking on students

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