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.
Jul 30, 2013

THANK YOU for funding our Computer Lab!

Thank you so much for funding a computer lab for the girls! The skills they will learn are essential for continuing education and entering the work force - and you made it happen!

Cyrus Cooper is our after-school computer class teacher. As we prepare for the new More Than Me Academy to open in September, Cyrus is focused on teaching the girls important computer skills throughout the summer, and they've shown tremendous progress!

They've made great strides in Microsoft Word and they learned how to create invitations and images on the computer. Below is a photo of Eve Hammon's work - she made the Liberian flag! The girls enjoy learning so much and we are incredibly grateful to Cyrus for his dedication to teaching the girls.

Another amazing opportunity: Don't miss your chance to win a trip to Liberia! Join our Meet Her at the Finish Line campaign and you could get to visit the More Than Me Academy and meet the girls! Find out more on our blog.

Again, we thank you. We couldn't do any of this without you!

For the girls,

The More Than Me Team

P.S. Cyrus and the girls made it into GlobalGiving's photo contest this year! Voting ends this Wednesday, July 31st! Click here to vote for Cyrus and More Than Me!

Artwork by Eve Hammon!
Artwork by Eve Hammon!
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

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