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.
Jun 9, 2014

Update on MTM's Library!

Albernita enjoying her library!
Albernita enjoying her library!

The More Than Me Academy Library is open! Thank you for supporting literacy at our school. We wanted to update you on how the money you raised is being spent. Last fall, we received a generous grant from the British Embassy in Liberia to open a brand new library! Only 11% of schools in Liberia have a library. On top of that, we've received several book donations for our library. Due to these two developments, the only book purchases we needed to make were for regional and cultural literature, so that our students can learn more about the community and culture they've been brought up in!

The money you raised will go to support our main project that supported this microproject, 500 Girls off the Street and Into School in Liberia. This is GlobalGiving's microproject policy, and we wanted to let you know how your money is being spent.

Thank you for your continued support. We couldn't do this work without you!

For the girls,

Emily and the MTM Team

May 29, 2014

Have you heard of intenSati?

Ashley and the girls celebrating after class!
Ashley and the girls celebrating after class!

Thank you for your continued support of our girls and our programs. We have had some amazing volunteers in the past few months and we wanted to share one of their stories with you. Here is Ashley's story:

I spent the last couple of weeks teaching the young women and girls of the More Than Me Academy in Liberia a practice known as intenSati. intenSati is an exhilarating workout that builds physical, mental and spiritual muscle. intenSati combines high-energy, total body training with positive affirmations that you either think or speak. I am possibly the first person to bring the practice of intenSati to Liberia and quite possibly Africa as a whole.  

During the time I had with these beautiful girls, bursting with potential, whose eagerness you could practically feel gyrating on the surface of their skin, we spent a lot of time talking about how to make our dreams come true-- how to make our dreams a reality.  

So here I was on my first day of teaching, standing in front of a dozen or so students in dusty uniforms with their big attentive eyes staring into mine when I realized my very dream, one in which I dreamed up two years ago, was coming true. I was living it.   

In order for us to create our dreams, to make our dreams a reality we must put in alignment our thoughts, our words and our actions. Thus is the idea I explored with the MTM girls through meditation (thought), verbal affirmations (word) and physical movement (action). I may never know the impact of my teachings nor the enormity of my efforts. For that, you should ask each and every girl I got the pleasure of teaching. What I can say for certain is that we had fun! We smiled, we danced, we shouted and we celebrated! Together with all our power we were able to slow down time and truly live in the NOW with no concern with what was coming next. 

Thank you Ashley for your amazing work with our girls! They had so much fun shouting things like "I am powerful!" and "I am strong!" while learning how to meditate and exercise in a healthy way.

Thank YOU, our amazing supporters, for believing in these girls. We couldn’t do our work without you! We have one month left of school, and the last day of school, June 25th, is also a Microsoft Bonus Day, with donations matched at 100%! Stay tuned for how you can get involved. 

For the girls,

Emily

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Ashley teaching intenSati to the community!
Ashley teaching intenSati to the community!
Class on the roof of our Guest House
Class on the roof of our Guest House

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May 29, 2014

Introducing the West Point Working Group

Dear MTM Family,

Thank you for supporting our programs in Liberia. We're excited to give you this update from the ground.

To better serve our girls and the community they live in, More Than Me organized and hosted the inaugural meeting of the West Point Working Group last month to help coordinate organizations’ services in West Point and better understand how we can work together to achieve common goals in the community.

Our goal was for the working group to become a platform for inquiry, collaboration, and partnerships, and we’re happy to say that this first meeting did just that! Twenty six people attended representing more than 15 organizations working in West Point. The West Point Commissioner, Honorable Miatta Flowers, also joined us! 

There was so much passion and energy in the room: this was the first time that all of these organizations had come together, LOOKED at each other, and heard the work each other does. Attendees kept interjecting because they felt the same emotions or faced the same challenges as their peers. People were excited and yelling and debating and valuing the lives of people in West Point. 

Michelle, our Director of Programs, couldn’t believe the group’s immediate success:

“It was beyond beautiful...this thing will have a life of its own, and that was our greatest goal, to just spark the conversation and collaboration. My favorite moment was that people started showing up 45 minutes early. By 1:05 everyone was in the room. THIS NEVER HAPPENS [in Liberia]. And we all noticed it. It's just a clear sign that we have all felt this same way...alone in our work, and wanting to ask questions, share concerns, and collaborate with others.”

MTM met mentors and partners who can help us achieve the most important outcomes for our students. And we are confident that the group will continue to collaborate, not only at monthly meetings, but also on a daily basis in West Point, working side-by-side to improve the lives of its inhabitants.

We are motivated by the energy from the community. When our students graduate from the More Than Me Academy, they will be able to make choices for their future. And that’s HUGE.

Thank you for your continued support. We have one month left of school and are excited that the last day of school, June 25th, is also a Microsoft Bonus Day, with donations matched at 100%! Stay tuned for how you can get involved.

For the girls,

Emily

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