- Project details
It All Started with a Girl.
At 11 years old, she was selling herself for clean drinking water, when all she really wanted was to go to school. More Than Me was founded to meet her needs. We opened the MTM Academy for 150 girls and saw major progress.
Then Ebola hit.
The world didn’t act quickly enough, and we knew we had to fight to save her life. After we spent six months on the front line fighting Ebola, we saw three students lose their families (and many other children lose their own lives), we realized that our girls would never be safe, never truly thrive, until Liberia thrives. The first step to rebuilding Liberia: education for all.
At More Than Me, our experience has taught us that education alone is not enough. All children must have access to informed healthcare, both preventatively and when new health disasters hit. Deworming, immunizations, nutrition and reproductive health should be offered as ways to keep children in school and thriving.
1. A NURSE AT EVERY SCHOOL
2. CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION, INCLUDING SEPARATE LATRINES FOR GIRLS
3. MALARIA PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
4. FAMILY PLANNING FOR GIRLS
5. DEWORMING: empiric & diagnosed intestinal worms treatment
After five years in Liberia – a country devastated by a long, brutal civil war, followed by the Ebola epidemic – More Than Me believes that crisis and post-crisis communities require deep individual and community-level change before the next emergency hits.
The MTM School recognizes that education will have minimal impact on stressed societies. To ensure the growing capacity of adults to protect their children’s rights, there must be safe homes, safe schools, nutrition, access to informed healthcare and ongoing monitoring.
More Than Me proposes that to protect the Fundamental Rights of Children, schools must become community hubs with responsibility for rebuilding the capacity of communities living in crisis and crisis-aftermath. At the invitation of the Liberian government, including the Nobel-prize-winning president of Liberia, we are piloting this initiative with a goal to reach 500 schools in five years.
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