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.
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

More Than Me Academy to Offer Couseling for Girls

Dear Amazing Supporters,

We are excited to announce that the More Than Me Academy opens this week! We have an Opening Celebration planned for September 7th, which will include speeches from the president of Liberia, one of our girls Regina, and our founder Katie Meyler. Our girls will also be performing a rap, a traditional dance, and a drama about what More Than Me means to them. We can't wait to tell you more.

More than 15% of our students have reported exploitative sexual encounters. After the school opening, our next project will be focusing on training teachers on reproductive and sexual health. We will be training the girls so that they can teach others in their community.

In honor of the opening, a generous supporter has given $5,000 and challenged us to match it before September 7th by donating to the More Than Me Girls Academy. Help us make sure that our girls have the amazing school they deserve. 

Thank you for caring about the girls of More Than Me. We're in this together!

For the girls,

The More Than Me Team

Sep 3, 2013

0% Pass Exam: What More Than Me is doing about it

Dear Supporters,

We are excited to tell you that the More Than Me Academy opens on September 7th! We can't wait for this new adventure. The opening has come at a crucial time, as the BBC recently reported that out of 25,000 high school graduates taking the entrance exam to the University of Liberia, 100% failed. You read that right. 25,000 out of 25,000. You don’t need to be a statistics genius to know that something is desperately wrong with the education system here.

And we’re ready to take on this challenge.

One of the most important things we did to prepare for the school opening was doing a full baseline assessment of our girls, showing us strengths, needs, and grade levels. On August 17th, we gave the first assessment to our girls. This meant a lot of math and reading on a Saturday. Luckily, the girls love tests (weird, but true)!

Because of our high standards, we were expecting to do some remediation. However, the results were more surprising than we expected: none of our girls are at grade level, and many do not have skills as basic as phonemic awareness and algebraic thinking.

We’re taking an innovative approach to bring the girls up to speed as much as possible, via an intensive math and literacy intervention. This curriculum will be accompanied by the beautiful new building, international and Liberian co-teachers in every classroom, a cutting-edge aquaponics garden (thanks, Sustainability without Borders!), health and nutrition classes, an extensive after-school program, one-on-one tutoring, access to a computer lab, and so much more!

THIS WEEK ONLY, a generous supporter has donated $5,000 and challenged us to match it before the school opens! We are collecting donations through our More Than Me Girls Academy project on GlobalGiving. Help these girls have the amazing school they deserve!

Thank you for your continued support. Our girls benefit every day because you decided to live for more than just yourself. For more updates, check out our facebook page.

Everything for the girls,

The More Than Me Team

The girls in their Osh Kosh uniforms!
The girls in their Osh Kosh uniforms!