We work in one of the poorest slums in the world, getting girls into school and making it impossible for them to fail. The MTM Academy opens on September 7th! Our girls are busy practicing dances, being measured for uniforms, and taking placement tests. Our teachers are training every day. Help make our school opening a SUCCESS, and give these girls the amazing school they deserve!
73% of Liberian children are denied an education - over 80% of them are girls. A girl denied an education, is a girl on the street; it's a girl who's exploited and condemned to underemployment. The ripple effect of this denial of her basic right is seen in the stagnation of her wages, her susceptibility to exploitation and disease, and even her children's future education. In West Point, an area with 75,000 people, there is only one government school. The girls of West Point need our help.
The MTM Academy will be an inspiring school during the day and place to go in the evening that is safe and empowering; we will provide psychological support, health-care, nutritional guidance, a vast after-school art program, computer classes, and vocational training.
Educating one girl can change everything. Here's why: When a girl in the developing world receives 7 or more years of education, she marries 4 years later and has 2.2 fewer children. An extra year of primary school boosts girls' eventual wages by 10 to 20%. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25%. When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90% of it into their families. When we invest in girls, we all win. This academy will give our girls choices for their futures.
Total Funding Received to Date: $99,721
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $50,279
Total Funding Goal: $150,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).