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 3, 2014

Patience's Story

Dear MTM Family,

Life in West Point is overwhelming at times. It's congested and lacks sanitation. There are no bathrooms. There's only one road in and out of the slum. There are no hospitals there. This is a story from Macintosh, our Program Coordinator:

On the evening of January 31, 2014, I was about to take a bath when some of the students came running to my house to tell me that Patience fell in to the fire.

I stopped whatever I was doing and rushed to Patience’s house, before getting to the house I met with some member of that community they told me that Patience was try to make food for the house that was how she fell into the fire. Within that time another person has taken her to my house, I rush back home and met this child with her face all burnt up. The family of this child knows that she had been ill with epilepsy for years, and this time she had stopped taking the medication for no reason. She had been doing the cooking for her family when she had an episode and fell into the fire.

I went to find a car to take her to the hospital. It was very difficult to find car at that hour. I managed to get a car that we used for that night and we paid the driver fifteen united states dollars to drive us to the JFK hospital.

Patience has now made one month in the JFK hospital, and she responding to treatment on a day-to-day basis. She can talk and eat, and is getting better every day.

I met Patience many years ago, she was selling bananas on the street. She's now one of our older students. She's very helpful and loving. She has epilepsy and during an episode fell into a fire stove. The photo below is her after one month of treatment; she looks so much better! We are beyond thankful that we have healthcare for the girls. Otherwise, she likely would have died. I wanted to tell you this story because YOUR DONATIONS MATTER. You are making a difference in Patience's life. Because of you, we are able to pay for Patience's treatment.

Every day, we continue to fight for the girls of West Point. This Saturday, March 8th, is International Women's Day. The Ministry of Gender chose to honor More Than Me - their focus is Mentoring for Transformation. We see our girls transforming into leaders every day. The girls are excited to take part in a day that celebrates women in Liberia. A day that celebrates perserverance and strength for girls like Patience.

Change is happening. We can feel it.

Will you make a lasting impact for more girls like Patience?

Microsoft is matching new recurring donations 100% for the first 3 months (up to $500 per donor). This is an amazing opportunity - recurring donations keep our projects growing, refining and expanding from month to month. Will you consider making a new monthly donation for these girls?

For Equality for Women and Healing for Patience,

Katie

Katie with Patience at the hospital
Katie with Patience at the hospital
Dec 3, 2013

What's the bottom line?

Will you take a stand with us?
Will you take a stand with us?

Dear Amazing Supporters,

In the midst of another busy holiday season, we wanted to take some time to reflect on this life-changing year for our students and our organization. Without you, the More Than Me Academy would still be a dream rather than a reality.

The More Than Me Academy has been successfully educating 123 girls for half a school year. Aside from the Academy being tuition-free, we also provide two meals per day, health care, access to a computer lab, and a wide array of after school programs - ensuring that our girls are safe and off the streets for as much of the day as possible. Our dream is for every girl to have the power to decide what comes next in her life, whether that means pursuing higher education, learning a trade, starting a business, or starting a family.

Bottom line? We've seen amazing progress in each girl's life because of your generosity, but we still have a long way to go. Now's the time to show the world just how important the issue of girls education is.

Today, we are taking a stand. Our entire team (that includes you) is commited to making sure that no girl should have to self her body just to buy clean water. Will you take a stand?

TODAY ONLY, Microsoft is matching donations up to $1000 at 100%. That means you can DOUBLE your impact: $100 = $200! Share this project page with your community or make a donation today. Matching funds run out quickly, so now's the time to take action!

For a better world,

Emily and the More Than Me Team

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A day in the life at the MTM Academy
A day in the life at the MTM Academy
Dec 3, 2013

Real Change is Happening

President Sirleaf cuts the ribbon!
President Sirleaf cuts the ribbon!

So many things have happened since the More Than Me Academy opened it's doors on September 7th. Here are some of the highlights:

President Sirleaf cut the ribbon at our Grand Opening Ceremony. When asked what the #1 way Americans can help Liberia is, she said, "To support More Than Me and get all these girls in school!" Seriously! See more of the Opening Ceremony here.

We tested our girls before opening and found that they were all severely behind grade level. We placed them into three different levels (instead of grades), and are testing them each quarter to monitor their progress. Our focus is on remedial reading and math. We've already seen some girls jump grade levels and are hoping to bring every student up two grade levels from where they started by the end of this school year. It's exciting, frustrating, and exhilarating all at the same time.

We had our first parent-teacher conferences - and they were immensely successful. Our principal, Maritza, who spent the last eight years as a teacher in the South Bronx, used to dread parent-teacher conferences. Why? Simply because no parents would show up. On the day of conferences at the MTM Academy, she expected the same thing. As she gingerly walked to the entrance of the building, Maritza couldn't believe her eyes. A mob of people stood waiting outside the front gates.

Nearly ALL of the parents of our students showed up. Most of them have never received an education themselves. Teachers talked to parents about how they can help their daughters with their homework and encourage them to excel in school. It was a beautiful day that reinforced the importance of what we are doing. The community of West Point wants to see their daughters succeed. And together, we will make sure that they do.

Right now, you can do something to ensure that these girls have the support network they need to become powerful leaders in their community. Today, Microsoft is matching donations up to $1000 at 100%. That means that $100 = $200 - from now until matching funds run out! Will you join us in supporting the daughters of West Point? Thank you for your continued generosity - we couldn't do this work without you!

For a better world,

Emily and the MTM Team

Parent-teacher conferences!
Parent-teacher conferences!
Standing up for our community.
Standing up for our community.
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