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.
Apr 23, 2013

Updates on the More Than Me Academy

The girls have been taking computer, crocheting, and art classes after school. It’s because of you that they are able to have these extracurricular activities and a place to go after the school day ends.

We're happy to report that construction on the More Than Me Academy is almost complete! We are excited to open the doors to the MTM Academy in September.

We also just released our application for our 2013 Fellowship Program. In the next couple months, we will be recruiting eight passionate, entrepreneurial fellows to help run the MTM Academy for the 2013-2014 school year. In addition to teaching at the Academy alongside a Liberian teacher, each fellow will take on a supplementary role to ensure that the Academy and MTM’s projects on the ground run smoothly. Those positions include:

  1. Grant Partners Fellow
  2. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Fellow
  3. Communications/ Digital Media Fellow
  4. Business Development Fellow
  5. IT/Technology Fellow
  6. Pedagogical Fellow
  7. Creative Development Fellow
  8. Finance/Procurement Fellow

This is an exciting time for More Than Me. Fellows will play a crucial role in guiding the vision of MTM and giving the girls the best education possible. We plan to double the number of girls we support by the end of 2013! Thank you for your continued support, we couldn't do our work without you. Here are some recent photos of the Academy’s construction progress and what our girls have been up to.

Mar 11, 2013

More Academy Updates and the First Bonus Day!

Happy International Women’s Day! On Friday, we celebrated the accomplishments of our girls and the progress on the More Than Me Academy at our first ever Gala in Morristown, New Jersey. We couldn't do the work that we do without amazing supporters like YOU.

Progress is being made every day on the ground in Liberia. We’re still actively hiring teachers, painting the school, looking at classroom furniture, conducting after-school activities, getting clean water for the girls, and much much more! It’s all very exciting stuff. We have great new photos of the construction progress that we wanted to share with you! See below.

Again, we can’t thank you enough for your support.

This Wednesday – March 13th is GlobalGiving’s first Bonus Day of 2013. Starting at 9am ET, every donation made to the More Than Me Academy project will be matched by 30%. Our goal is to raise $20,000 for our Academy on Bonus Day! Will you help us?

Here’s what you can do:

  • DONATE! And donate early : ) – There’s only so many GlobalGiving matching funds and they will run out as the day goes on!
  • Send a personal message to 10 friends including why MTM is important to you and ask them to each donate $50!.
  • Spread the word! – Post on Facebook and Twitter about Bonus Day and donating to More Than Me!

Thank you for making dreams come true! We look forward to providing you with more school updates as they come.

Feb 28, 2013

The girls can't wait to get inside our new school!

Macintosh (country director) learning how to sew!
Macintosh (country director) learning how to sew!

Right now, we are making the best use of the current school, but it doesn't have enough space, it has no electricity and you have to climb through rocks and garbage to get to it. Despite these challenges, we have been teaching the girls to sew and have been continuing computer lessons with them. They absolutely love working with the laptops and have already made so much progress in their learning. 

Most importantly, the new school is about to open and the girls, along with our team, could not be more excited!  Right now, we are picking out the colors for the walls, deciding on the name, and working on an awesome curriculum! We have also been busy hiring teachers and staff and have been able to add some incredible individuals to our team. We even have some extra space outside of the school that we may be able to tranform into a playground for our students.

Thank you so much for all your support in this project! It is undescribable to watch our dreams become a tangible reality and it would not be possible without you! 

Students working with new laptops
Students working with new laptops
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