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.
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
Feb 5, 2013

The school is almost done!

 

Things are moving forward fast at More Than Me and it's because of you. We now have 6 Liberian staff, a full day of school with meals for 108 children and after school programs where the girls are learning awesome things like sewing, how to use a computer, and jewelry making. Our More Than Me academy is due to open this month and will serve around 200 girls by the end of next year. A volunteer nurse is coming from the US at the end of the month to de-worm the girls and do basic check ups!

This is Angel. Her mom was 30 years old. She died last month. Angels future will be different. Girls who go to school live longer healthier lives. This is what all of us are doing together. Empowering these girls to have a choice and not just accept a life as a slave to survival.

Angel has a future and we are not stopping. There are hundreds of 1,000's of girls forced to the streets and now it's time to flip the script.

We are excited for this year. Couldn't do this without you!

Jan 18, 2013

Looking ahead!

With the help of awesome donors like you, we are expanding rapidly and will be opening our very own all-girls academy in 2013! The More Than Me Academy will enable us to increase our impact by affecting over 500 girls and indirectly thousands more. With its focus on teaching entrepreneurship, the school will empower these girls to be able to provide for themselves by becoming active participants in their local economy.

Each girl will be given uniforms, books, health-care, nutritious lunches, mentors, and a safe environment to reach her potential. Following the traditional school day, the girls will work with social workers and tutors, as well as attend vocational training workshops in activities such as, sewing, baking, and jewelry-making. We are also so excited to be able to provide dance and photography for our students, which have never been introduced to the Liberian school system. All of this would not be possible without you!

This December, we had an amazing month - some of the girls in Liberia learned how to use a laptop for the first time ever! More Than Me volunteer, Emma Reynolds, started computer lessons with a class of 10 girls, teaching them how to type, save documents and use a mouse pad. They even had typing competitions in which the teachers were quite strict on making sure the girls used their two hands and learned to touch-type from the start. Hawa, who is 12 years old, won the typing competitions every time with a speedy style of touch-typing. The girls were so eager to learn and absolutely loved working with the computer; every time they pressed the 'on' button and the laptop turned on, their eyes lit up with excitement. What's next? Maybe learning how to use the Internet! We can’t wait to see and experience huge growth in our students and organization over the upcoming year. We want to thank you for all of your support and generosity, we would never be able to reach as many girls without you!

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