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.
Dec 3, 2013

Be a part of this turning point with us.

Today - help girls stay off the street.
Today - help girls stay off the street.

Greetings!

We are excited to tell you that Population Services International (PSI) offered to teach our students reproductive and sexual health courses free of charge! This news couldn't come at a better time.

We recently found out that two of our girls are pregnant. Similar to what often happens in the US, our pregnant students feel ostracized at school and are starting to skip classes regularly. We are working with their families to figure out the best way forward to ensure that they continue to receive an education both during their pregnancy and afterward.

Without knowing it, these two students have the power to change the trajectory of not just their own lives, but the lives of pregnant teens and young mothers all over Liberia. How? By defying the odds. By staying in school. By becoming advocates for safe sex, gender equality, and their fellow teen mothers. Liberia is ripe for change and MTM's highest hope for our students is that they will be a part of Liberia's positive transformation.

As a matter of fact, Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who also happens to be the first female head of state in Africa, got married at 17 and had four children right after high school. After seeing her friends move on to higher education and better jobs, Sirleaf set goals to join them and far outdid herself to get to where she is today.

Right now, you can do something to ensure that these girls have the support network they need to become the next powerful female Liberian leaders. 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 our determination to keep girls off the street and in school? Please help by spreading the word or giving what you can. Thank you for your continued suport - we couldn't do this work without you!

For a better world,

Emily and the More Than Me Team

President Sirleaf listens at MTM Academy opening
President Sirleaf listens at MTM Academy opening
President Sirleaf speaking to our girls!
President Sirleaf speaking to our girls!
Nov 11, 2013

Everybody Loves Clean Water!

Dear Amazing Supporters,

We just wanted to say thank you. Thanks to you, we have successfully installed two rainwater catchment systems in Liberia, one at our guesthouse and one at the More Than Me Academy.

These systems were installed in time for us to benefit from rainy season, saving us valuable money by allowing for rain water collection rather than importing water. To put that into perspective, we would have had to pay $40 every two days at our guesthouse and $35/day at the MTM Academy for water. That equals $1685/month and over $20,000/year! These systems save SO MUCH money during rainy season. That means we can spend more time and money ensuring that our girls receive the best education possible.

On a water-related note, we also have an exciting partnership with Aqualife, a water company in Liberia. They have committed to providing all of our drinking water at the Academy or FREE. All. Year. Long. Now girls like Princess and Laurena won’t be at risk of drinking contaminated water during the school day.

Thank you for continually supporting our girls, giving them the opportunity to make choices for their futures. We can’t thank you enough. If you have questions or suggestions about our programs, please don't hesitate to contact us at emilyb@morethanme.org. For more updates, check out our facebook page!

For a brighter future,

The More Than Me Family

Clean water and a side of lunch.
Clean water and a side of lunch.
Water is hard to find in LIB - MTM makes it easy
Water is hard to find in LIB - MTM makes it easy

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Sep 3, 2013

The MTM Academy Opens This Week!

Dear People Living for More Than Themselves,

We are thrilled to open the doors to our More Than Me Academy on September 7th. The President of Liberia donated the building and will be coming to speak at the Opening Celebration!

Our girls are practicing the More Than Me rap (yes that's a real thing) and a drama to perform at the opening. Latte, our Art Director, and Lauren, our Creative Development Fellow, have been working with them for weeks, and their progress is amazing. Mercy can make herself cry on command. Ruth will be a famous rapper some day. Regina is preparing a speech that she'll perform for over 100 people. These girls are going places.

The opening of the More Than Me Academy is monumental, not only for our girls in West Point, but also for the Liberian community and MTM supporters around the world. In honor of the opening, a generous supporter has given $5,000 and challenged us to match it before September 7th by donating to this project. Will you help us meet this challenge?

Thank you for your continued support. You are changing these girls' lives in a HUGE way. We couldn't do this without you.

With love and gratitude,

The More Than Me Team

Girls practicing their dance for the opening!
Girls practicing their dance for the opening!

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