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.
Dec 2, 2014

Seeing Results in the Fight Against Ebola

Dear More Than Me Family new and old, 

Thank you for all your support as we’ve worked to fight Ebola. When More Than Me began, our mission was clear: to get girls from the West Point slum in Liberia off the street and into school by providing them with an education and supplementary services like healthcare and meals to support them for long-term success. Our goal was to ensure that when they graduated, they would decide what came next in their lives.

Our More Than Me Academy did just that last year for 124 girls. But since Ebola came to Liberia in March, it became clear that to ensure opportunity for our students in the future, and to keep them safe, our goals would have to evolve. As a result, we've expanded our mission in the time of Ebola because we feel that as long as there is Ebola in Liberia, our girls are at risk. So we are fighting with everything we are made of to end this epidemic that terrorizes our children and their communities.

Our Community Based Coalition brings together community groups, local leaders, government offices, and NGOs to stop the spread of Ebola in Liberia. Our home healthcare teams made up of nurses, identify and treat the sick and send them to a clinic via our ambulance if they exhibit any Ebola symptoms. Contact tracing teams make sure to quarantine anyone who’s been exposed to Ebola to stop the virus' spread. And then there’s our ambulance team who risk their lives everyday by transporting possible Ebola patients to clinics. 

With More Than Me’s coalition, we’ve lowered the number of Ebola cases in West Point already. There were 30 possible cases on September 19th, which went down to 14 on October 17th. We’ve already visited 3,472 homes and 7,581 residents. We are now also employing the use of the Ebola care app to help us track patients more efficiently. Read more about that on GlobalGiving's Tools & Training blog.

Even though fighting Ebola wasn’t our original mission, we’ve re-focused our efforts and it’s paying off: our team is literally saving lives. The Ministry of Health has even asked us to expand our coalition-based plan to five other hot zones in and around Monrovia. Thanks to our coalition, we are able to empower lcoal community leaders to end Ebola in their communities; and most importantly, the home healthcare, contact tracing, and ambulance teams have rebuilt trust within the community to end Ebola for good.

Thank you again for your support. We couldn't do our work without you! 

In this together, 

Emily and the More Than Me Team 

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Nov 26, 2014

Working to get Ebola out of Liberia

Dear MTM family,

Thank you for your continued support. Over the past few months, we've expanded our mission to fight Ebola because we believe that as long as Ebola is in Liberia, our girls are at risk. So we are fighting with everything in us to end this epidemic that terrorizes our children and their families. After witnessing the work being done in the West Point community, we started The Coalition to End Ebola to organize partners and community leaders already working in the community to fill the gaps and support local needs. 

All schools in Liberia remain closed. Recently, President Sirleaf lifted Liberia's state of emergency and expressed hope that schools would be able to reopen in early 2015. We are working hard and hoping that Ebola cases continue to decrease in Liberia so that we can reopen the More Than Me Academy by February 2015. We will be sure to keep you updated.

As for adding more students, when we reopen in early 2015, we'll be running a leaner version of our original plan for the year. We will open for our existing students and use a mixture of current staff and volunteers to work at the school. We will still provide meals, access to healthcare and psychosocial services, and computer and health classes on top of the regular academic class schedule.

Our longer term plans are to open a boarding school for these girls and the children we've met who've been orphaned or abandoned by Ebola. We hope you'll expand your hearts with us when we're ready to move forward on this exciting project.

To continue all of these projects, we absolutely need your support. On December 2nd, AKA Giving Tuesday, Microsoft is once again matching donations 100%! Donations up to $500 will be matched. We are getting ready for big things - will you help us begin by getting girls like Mamawa back in school?

If you'd like a reminder when match day begins, join our facebook event! Invite all your friends too!

Thank you for your continued support and love. We are grateful for you, and wish you a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving this week.

For a brighter future,

Emily and the More Than Me Team

Mamawa forgot Ebola
Mamawa forgot Ebola's no touching rule.
Awareness work in West Point
Awareness work in West Point

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Nov 26, 2014

Fighting Ebola to Get Her Back in School

Some of our amazing team with the MTM ambulance.
Some of our amazing team with the MTM ambulance.

Dear More Than Me Family,

Thank you for your continued support. Working in Liberia can pose many different challenges, and we couldn't do our work without donors like you. 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.

The More Than Me Academy and all other schools in Liberia are still closed. 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. 

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.

Wishing you and yours a happy Thanksgiving, we are grateful for you!

In this together,

Emily and the More Than Me Team

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