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.
Aug 26, 2014

Staying Strong despite Ebola

Girls wait in line for care packages
Girls wait in line for care packages

Dear Amazing Supporters,

I'm sure by now you've heard about the world's deadliest Ebola outbreak effecting Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. When President Sirleaf recommended on July 30th that schools close, we had to follow suite for the safety of our girls, staff, and community. On July 31st, we had our last day of summer school for the girls. 

On that 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 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 are being relocated to the US.

We have been monitoring the situation on the ground through ongoing contact with NGOs, government ministries, and our local staff. 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 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

Workbooks before being packed up!
Workbooks before being packed up!
Aug 26, 2014

In this together

School Nurse Iris handing out care packages
School Nurse Iris handing out care packages

Dear MTM Family,

Thank you for your continued support. Our report this month is going to be a little bit different. As your probably know, there is an Ebola outbreak in West Africa affecting Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. On July 30th, President Sirleaf recommended that schools close to avoid large gatherings. We decided we needed to close the MTM Academy for the safety of our girls, staff, and community.

On July 31st, the girls and their families came to the school. We gave students care packages 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 are being 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 in Liberia to help the West Point community, where the majority of our girls live. She has been meeting with community leaders, government officials, health officials, and police to coordinate a faster response to Ebola in West Point. 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
Aug 26, 2014

Fighting for a Better Liberia

Dear supporters,

I apologize if this report is a little heavy, but it's important to know how strong our girls are. And to know that, you first need to know about the struggles they faced. If you are on our newsletter list or follow us on social media, we released a statement in June about one of our staff members, Macintosh. Numerous students reported that Macintosh had been sexually abusing them. The news shocked and saddened us, and we heard your shock, sadness and support echo ours. As Katie stated,

"Our girls are an example of raw boldness and we are prepared to do whatever we need to stand along side of them. Your support, prayers and love are the reason our girls were able to have the courage to speak out, and they need you now more than ever."

Currently, Macintosh is in jail until the trail; the date for which has not yet been set. The girls who came forward are in a safe home and strong as ever. They understand that what they are doing matters. For themselves, for their fellow students, for all women in Liberia; these girls are incredibly brave. Women in Liberia don’t normally speak out, and to see this kind of courage at such a young age inspires us every day. 

A month later, in late July, the Ebola outbreak suddenly made it to the forefront of the news. On July 30th, President Sirleaf recommended that schools close. We felt that we needed to close the MTM Academy for the safety of our girls, our staff, and our community.

On July 31st, 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 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 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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