Hello! Hello! Please enjoy the most recent updates from Liberia:
We are going to give the girls the California State placement test in the next few weeks. Last week Marleen wrapped up her last day (sniffle sniffle) at the school with a Zumba class! It was worth getting completely drenched in sweat :) The girls loved it! Otherwise, the computer class is still going on. We are in negotiations with iLab to run a computer class at their facility on a regular basis for our top ladies.
Before she left Liberia, Marleen taught the girls how to crochet! She taught them both the basics and different patterns for hats and headbands. You can't deny that the girls are really into it from the photos below! We are so thankful for Marleen's devoted service to the girls in the past year and a half. The girls will always have the skill of crocheting and so many other memories to remember her by. We'll miss you Marleen!
We're working on getting the guest house up and running for visitors and our staff. We are working on getting power from LEC. In the meantime, our staff is negotiating a deal with Anglers to get 15 amps from their generator per month. Inside white paint is done! Looks beautiful. We bought the paint from a wholesaler at a crazy cheap rate and we have about 13 buckets left over which is enough to paint the outside as well. Our brand colors in Benjamin Moore paint will be arriving on the container. We'll use those to create splashes of MTM branded color throughout the house. It's gonna look great!!
We are getting an estimate for solar panels to power the school. It's a bit expensive to setup, but will save us LOTS of money in the long run. We're excited about this project!
Our 2013 Teaching Fellowship applications are due on May 10th! We are so excited about the enthusiasm we've received so far and can't wait to choose 8 incredible candidates to spend a year in Liberia with us. Learn more here.
THANK YOU for your continued support. Through all of these little projects comes the end goal: getting more girls in school and off of the streets. We couldn't do our work without you, and we are so, so grateful for your generosity. We look forward to updating you again soon!
Abigail was on the streets. She was exploited. Abused as a vulnerable 10-year-old girl. And now?She is now 13 and in the 7th grade. She's a top student. She knows how to bake, a skill that she can use to earn an income. She dreams of being a leading voice for millions of girls just like her - and we expect her to do it!We are only able to open her life up because of you. It's that simple. It's not complex. She is off the streets and on a path of impact because of... you.We have a couple incredible opportunities in front of us - and we need you:1) Nike (yes, Nike!) nominated us to join the organizations they partner with to help girls around the world. All we need to be ELECTED is a whole bunch of you to vote (by donating as little as $10) and it'll be official. Nike wants to see that we have grassroots support - let's show them and change some lives right here. Go now to the voting/donation site at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educating-to-end-child-prostitution/2) The biggest opportunity we've had is also looking right at us. It's a chance to end the atrocities that Abigail and all the girls in her situation stare down everyday. We can't give you the details yet... but we can say we don't need $ from you for this. We need people with large and small online audiences to galvanize their friends and family to help -- it won't take much but it will mean everything to Abigail and girls just like her. Stay tuned, and we'll let you know on November 14th when we're allowed to talk about what's going on. Email us: email@example.com if you'd like to be more involved!Together we can do this for Abigail!
Last week, More than Me hosted our first ever (SOLD OUT!!) fundraiser in Monrovia, Liberia. Yes, there was a DJ, bar, and a great ocean view, but that is not the most exciting thing about this fundraiser.
The event marks a real shift in More than Me’s work. We have grown from having happy hours at bars to raise enough to send a few girls to school, to last week, where worked with the local community to raise $5k to support our work. We are expanding the services we provide to the most at risk girls of West Point to make sure that they aren’t just learning math or reading, but will have a real chance to succeed in the future. Getting here has been a learning process. We are scaling up in a meaningful way and with input from the community, government, and local leaders and love the support we receive at home in the United States and from our Liberian supporters.
The event was amazing, with Esther, the mother of our first ever More than Me student, sharing her story and the change she has seen in her daughter Elizabeth.
We have come a long way thanks to our Liberian staff and volunteers, our network of supporters around the world, and the girls in our program who are continually an inspiration. We have a lot of work to do for tomorrow, but we are doing as much as we can today. This is an exciting time, in an exciting place, and we are doing our best to make the future bright for the girls in West Point.
We're quite excited to announce our plans to start our very own school in Liberia, 'The More Than Me Girls' Academy. The Liberian government is donating a building for us to use as our new school! Now, we have the vision and the space but there's a tad bit of work to be done on it. ;) We figured we would use Wednesday June 13th, Global Giving's Match Day, as a place to start. 50% of all donations are being matched and the money we raise will go towards the renovations to turn this into a school. Our goal is to get 1000 people to donate $25! So, we really need your help-- pretty pleaseee! I promise it'll make Agnes and her friends REALLY happy!
Donate HERE: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/morethanme-girls-academy/
Spread the word to all of your friends and help make this dream a reality!
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