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 6, 2013

We had a kickball tournament!

Antoinette pitches a ball for Precious
Antoinette pitches a ball for Precious

Last Saturday, we had a kickball tournament for our girls. They absolutely loved it! We had cold water and PB&J sandwiches for them thanks to donations from Exclusive Supermarket and UN Drive Supermarket in Monrovia. Our photographer Morgana really captured the fun and excitement of the day!

Other Updates

Our founder, Katie Meyler, was interviewed on MSNBC last Saturday on the Melissa Harris-Perry show. Melissa even promised to visit Liberia and meet the girls!

Our Liberian Teaching Fellowship program is off to an amazing start! We will have orientation in NYC June 14-16. Our fellows are super talented and we can't wait to showcase them in future updates. They are going to make big changes in Liberia this year. We can feel it!

Donation Opportunity

Match Day is coming up on Wednesday, June 12th. On that day, your donation will be matched by 50% and will go toward giving these girls the ability to make choices for themselves. Will you partner with us in opening the MTM Academy doors by donating on June 12th? To give you an idea of how much school costs in Liberia, one girl can attend school for a year on $350 (That's less than a dollar a day!).

Thank you so much for your continued support! Until the next update!

- The More Than Me Team

Stretching
Stretching
Water break!
Water break!
Group photo
Group photo
Jun 6, 2013

Help Us Open Our Academy Doors!

Hello! We're super excited to announce that the More Than Me Academy will open its doors on September 7, 2013! Here's the latest news:

MSNBC?!

Our founder, Katie Meyler, was interviewed on MSNBC last Saturday on the Melissa Harris-Perry show. Melissa even promised to visit Liberia and meet the girls!

“They are so determined and motivated…If you give these girls an inch, they take a mile. They really have huge dreams for their lives, and we believe in them.” - Katie, during her MSNBC interview

Teaching Fellows

Our Liberian Teaching Fellowship program is off to an amazing start! Among our fellows are a Liberian refugee who will help with business development and communications, a marketing and fundraising genius who went on tour with U2 working for Bono’s ONE Campaign, a Nigerian Broadway dancer and public health professional who will run our creative development program, and a data whiz who’s going to ramp up our monitoring and evaluation practices. We can’t tell you how excited we are for these fellows to hit the ground running in Liberia! More on them to come...

Incredible Stats

Over 40% of Liberian girls ages 10-14 have never gone to school.

The families of the girls we sponsor make, on average, $17/month. So even though education is supposed to be free in Liberia, our families can't afford to pay for the associated costs of attending school like shoes, food for lunch, and clean drinking water.

When a girl in the developing world receives 7 or more years of education, she marries 4 years later and has 2.2 fewer children.

Match Day

We'd like to invite you to partner with us in opening the MTM Academy doors by donating on Match Day - Wednesday, June 12th. On that day, your donation will be matched by 50% and will go toward giving these girls the ability to make choices for themselves. Just $15 supports a girl in school for 2 weeks, $30 supports her for a month, $60 for two months, and $350 for a year (That's less than a dollar a day!).

Thank you for your continued support! We look forward to updating you again soon.

Jun 6, 2013

Beatrice's Story

Meet Beatrice. She's very playful and shy, and doesn’t smile a lot.

Beatrice lives with her biological parents. Her family's income is approximately $20/US/month and they pay $10/month for rent. She has two sisters and a brother. They are no longer in school due to financial problems. Her oldest sister has three children. She’s 17. They all live together and sleep in the same room – one bed with a little mattress.

Our Program Coordinator, Macintosh, met Beatrice when she was on the beach. He asked her if she’d been in school before. She said she used to be in school, but she dropped out because her father couldn’t pay the school fees anymore because he was spending all his money on alcohol. Beatrice and her siblings were sitting at home doing nothing. She told Macintosh that her oldest sister started disappearing during the day and coming back at night, but they didn’t know where she went. After she got pregnant the first time, she stopped leaving the house and started staying at home. 

After hearing her story, Macintosh decided to visit Beatrice's home. He met her mom and dad and decided to befriend the family. One he got to know them, Macintosh made a recommendation to Katie to enroll Beatrice in the More Than Me program.

Because of the pattern of her sister’s life and her family’s inability to support her to go to school, Macintosh decided that Beatrice was vulnerable to a similar lifestyle as the one her sister led and wanted to enroll her in the More Than Me program to prevent her from ending up like her sister.

Now Beatrice is enrolled in school and will start school at the new More Than Me Academy when it opens its doors on September 7, 2013! Over 50% of Liberian girls ages 10-14 have never gone to school. With the More Than Me Academy, we are hoping to change this statistic and open the door to opportunity for girls like Beatrice.

We ask you to partner with us in preparing for the Academy's opening by donating on Match Day - Wednesday, June 12th. On that day, your donation will be matched by 50% and will go toward giving these girls the ability to make choices for themselves. Thank you for your continued support! We look forward to updating you again soon.

- The More Than Me Team

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