At More than Me we love to share the inspiring stories of our scholarship recipients. Read below to find out more about Lovetee, a 12 year old girl starting school for the first time with a More than Me scholarship!
Lovetee told More than Me that it had been very hard to see other children go off to school while she remained behind, helping her mother who sells bananas and oranges and brings home only $18 a month. School was not a reality for Lovetee, a shy and eager girl with a beautiful smile. School fees and costs for uniforms and supplies are expensive, more than her mother's yearly salary.
Lovetee was very excited when she was offered a scholarship through More than Me. She said she is eager to learn about Social Studies and that she hopes to study hard to become a nurse. Lovetee is now enrolled in the first grade and More than Me is working with her and her family to help her pursue her dreams.
Education is so important to girls like Lovetee. In Liberia illiteracy rates are high and education rates among women are incredibly low. Statistically, educated girls and women are less vulnerable to HIV infection. Educated girls are literate and can read pamphlets and information provided to them by aid groups about HIV transmission and how to prevent it. Being educated will also reduce Lovetees risk of becoming involved in human trafficking and prostitution. She will also be more likely to make contributions to family income and have a longer life expectancy.
Since joining Global Giving in March of 2010 we have put 31 deserving girls in school. This year, we are aiming to raise that number to at least 60 and hope to eventually fully fund 100 girls with your help.
How can you help?
- Share our message on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, around the dinner table, or anywhere!
- Register for a recurring or one time donation through GlobalGiving to support Lovetee and girls like her.
- Offer to host a fundraiser. We would love to hear your ideas! Fundraisers are as big or small and can be a dinner with friends or a big event! We can help you organize and promote as well as provide materials.
- Join us as a volunteer. We are an all volunteer organization and always appreciate your help! Email us with your skills and talents and I am sure we can find a way to get you involved!
Thanks for all that you have done already, and we are looking forward to big things this year by putting more of deserving girls into school and changing their lives. Join us!