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.
Feb 25, 2015

High hopes for the new school year!

Girls dreaming :)
Girls dreaming :)

Dear MTM family,

Thank you for standing by our girls and the community of West Point during these trying times. We are excited to announce that the More Than Me Academy is finally reopening! The opening date has been pushed back a month to ensure safety, but we are now scheduled to reopen on March 2nd. The Academy has been transformed back into a school from being the Ebola-Free Coalition’s home base and warehouse. Our Ebola program headquarters have been moved to our guest house, and the Academy has been cleaned, the blackboards washed, new students recruited (most of whom were orphaned or abandoned by Ebola), PTA meetings held, and teachers trained. In short, we’re READY to open.

Here's what one of our staff members had to say about our recent PTA meetings:

Having engaged the students, it was time for us to engage the parents! As the students were coming on campus to be measured for their new MTM uniforms, I sent them home with invitation slips for their parents to attend the first PTA meeting of 2015 and the first one since Ebola. We met on campus Sunday at 3:00pm, January 18th. I prepared one of the rooms to seat about 30 parents, but I was absolutely floored by a turnout of more than 70! Standing room only! These parents care deeply about their girls, and the level of cooperation and involvement that they showed impressed me. The meeting was successful, and we had a second successful meeting on February 15th to elect PTA leadership. All in all, the 2015 MTM academic year is shaping up to monumental!

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!

For a brighter future,

Emily

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Feb 24, 2015

School is reopening soon!

New students being fitted for their uniforms!
New students being fitted for their uniforms!

Dear More Than Me Family,

Thank you for standing by our girls and the community of West Point during these trying times. We are excited to announce that the More Than Me Academy is finally reopening! The opening date has been pushed back a month to ensure safety, but we are now scheduled to reopen on March 2nd. The Academy has been transformed back into a school from being the Ebola-Free Coalition’s home base and warehouse. Our Ebola program headquarters have been moved to our guest house, and the Academy has been cleaned, the blackboards washed, new students recruited (most of whom were orphaned or abandoned by Ebola), PTA meetings held, and teachers trained. In short, we’re READY to open!

Our staff on the ground is truly amazing. They fought Ebola on the front lines, while always keeping the vision for our girls at the center of what they do. Check out the amazing accomplishments of our team in the infographic below.

Thank you for believing in More Than Me!

For a better and brighter Liberia,

Emily  

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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