Stay Uncomfortable

This is our first in a series of #MTMdonorstories.

Grace Baker

At twenty seven years old, Grace Baker is a powerhouse. To give you a better picture, her 2015 life motto was “Go for it,” and this year, it’s “Stay uncomfortable.” Grace thrives best when she’s being challenged, both at work and at home. Grace works for the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, a large convention city with a high volume of clients. Grace is a naturally energetic person, and loves interacting with people.

“My DNA is running around on a Saturday night and meeting lots of people.”

We caught up with Grace to ask her what motivated her to become a monthly donor to MTM, especially at such a young age!

MTM: How did you hear about MTM?

GB: I was home one night flipping through the channels and saw the Chase American Giving Awards on NBC. I’ve always been involved in nonprofits, and I love to see what orgs are doing. I thought, ‘Who are these crazy people with words on their heads?’ I loved how raw and vulnerable it was. The ‘I don’t care what other people think’ attitude. [Katie’s] approach to life and work is really cool, and it resonated with me. Soon after, I starting donating regularly and following MTM on social media.

MTM: What makes you keep coming back to MTM?

GB: The work that goes on, every decision that is made, and every penny spent is going towards something that makes an impact. MTM is serious about what they are doing and I know that my money is truly going to help people. I can tell that the people leading that work on the ground are actually doing something.

You also do a good job at storytelling and showing who you’re helping and what you’re doing on the ground. When Ebola hit, it completely changed your mission, which is important. To keep building schools isn’t the reality. You guys needed to change with the situation on the ground. I was impressed with that. It’s normal that your day-to-day activities are going to change, just like in a business.

MTM: How does it feel to give monthly, rather than just once?

GB: When I started giving to MTM, I thought, ‘This is my organization. This is who I’m going to give to.” So I made a commitment. It was easy. I connected with your work on a deep level. I know what I like when I see it, whether it’s with jobs, shopping, anything. I see something and say THAT’S IT. I’m in, 100%. I said to myself, this is exactly the type of organization I want to give to, so I went all in!

MTM: As if you hadn’t done enough already, you recently DOUBLED your monthly donation to MTM! What prompted that decision?

GB: I thought, it’s a new year, I’d been giving for a while, but I wanted to double it. I just decided. You can ALWAYS give more. My dad always taught me that. To ask yourself, ‘How much can I give? What can I do?’ My dad didn’t have tons of money, but he always had a giving heart. I believe that if you’re willing to give more, the money comes. I just look at my budget and plan it out so it works.

MTM: What’s your final word on MTM?

GB: Every decision comes down to the girls. That’s huge to me, to give money to help rebuild a nation. I don’t know if a lot of people look at it like that, but to me it’s really cool. That inspires me, that this nation is coming along. I was born in a small town in Indiana and I have it easy. I don’t understand the inner workings of Liberia, but I know that the people on the ground doing the work do.

After talking to Grace, one thing became overwhelmingly clear: she gets it. That you, our supporters, get it. Every decision we make, we make for the girls. We want them to have real choices when they graduate. We want to help rebuild their country, and that starts with education for all. Committed donors like Grace enable us to continue innovating to find the best solutions for our girls and their peers.

It is impossible for us to pursue our mission without the endless support and understanding of supporters like Grace. So to Grace and all of you we say THANK YOU!!!

If you’d like to become a monthly supporter, you can sign up here.

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Looking Forward From Davos

by Lindsay Randall

The past couple of days in Monrovia, Liberia, where More Than Me (MTM) runs the tuition-free More Than Me Academy (MTMA) for over 150 girls from the West Point slum and central Monrovia were characteristically warm for the coastal West African city in January. But 3,000 miles and a continent away, Davos, Switzerland found itself showered with snow.

WEFThe World Economic Forum (WEF) wrapped up its Annual Meeting in Davos – a mountain resort in the Swiss Alps – on Saturday, January 23. Founded in 1971 by Klaus Schwab as a nonprofit organization intended to bring together European and American business for collaboration, the WEF quickly expanded its focus from management to the pressing economic and social issues facing the global population and is seen as a neutral space where global challenges could be addressed like Apartheid and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The meeting in Davos includes some 2,500 attendees, including the CEOs of the world’s top 1,000 companies who fund the forum. This year’s theme was  “Mastering the 4th Industrial Revolution.”

The 4 Industrial Revolutions

If you’re like me, you may have read this and been perplexed: what do you mean fourth? Davos splits the most famous schoolbook Industrial Revolution – the only one I was aware of – into two unique revolutions, but generally deliniates the four revolutions by the advancement of distinct methods of production:

  1. The advancement of steam, water, and mechanical production equipment
  2. The advancement of division of labor, electricity, and mass production
  3. The advancement of electronics, IT, and automated production and finally,
  4. Cyber-physical systems

What are cyber-physical systems?

The simplest way to describe what the WEF means by cyber-physical systems is to look around you. Chances are, wherever you are, you have a cell phone. You’re reading this from a computer. That computer has access to the internet, and the internet connects all of us. Using that internet, you can learn a bit about the other cyber-physical systems such as artificial intelligence, robotics, 3-D printing, nanotechnology and beyond with your unprecedented and unlimited access to knowledge. All of these technological advances are expanding and evolving at an exponential pace, affecting not only international economies and labor markets but politics, health care, and – of course! – education.

How does this relate to girls education?

It’s easy to see that the advent of the 4th Industrial Revolution – like these technological advances –  is shifting our world. It’s also easy to wonder how our lives might change for better or for worse as a result of these new technologies.

But what’s clear is that these systems have a profound potential to improve the quality of life for millions of people. More importantly, these advances must be available to both men and women. With the current estimate, gender parity won’t be reached until 2133, and with Liberia’s ranking at a disappointing 112 out of 145 countries on the gender gap index, it’s even more critical that our girls are set up for success. After all, as the UK Development Secretary Justine Greening said at Davos this year, “no country can truly develop if half of its population is left behind.”

Ensuring our girls have a solid footing in the 4th revolution

MTM is committed not only to providing our girls with an education, but also to providing them with the resources and auxiliary services they need to break down every barrier they face to education. 100% of our students in 4th through 6th grades receive a computer education, whereas 95% of comparison students have never used a computer. Our MTM Academy library affords our girls computer access and internet connectivity whereas only one comparison school offers computer access.

unnamedIn 2015, we launched a blended learning curriculum using a grant from a generous donor. Working with experts from Intel Education to develop a pilot education technology program, we’ve started integrating technology into our Academy through servers and IT training. We also brought on Edmodo as a partner and an online resource for our teachers who now have access to lesson plans and teaching supplements for their tablet based learning and assessments that are curated and uploaded by 59 million educators and administrators worldwide.

This is just the beginning of an enduring fidelity that More Than Me has to guaranteeing our students at the MTM Academy are ready – not just for what Liberia might hold for them, but for what the world holds for them. This increases both their chance and their country’s chance of success.

To do this, a standard education simply isn’t enough; technology is key. We’re dedicated to making sure our girls are prepared for the world at large – the same world that thousands of delegates at Davos spoke about last week – and we’re just getting started.

Bring it on, revolution #4 – our girls are ready for you.


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How To Use Your Human Rights For Good


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 a school, 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 spending six months on the front lines fighting Ebola and seeing three students lose families (and many other children lose their own lives), we realized that our girls would never be safe, never truly thrive, until Liberia does. The first step to rebuilding Liberia is education for all.

Liberia’s education system is a mess. 

  • 65% of primary school age children are out of school
  • 51% of young people aged 15-24 are illiterate
  • 73% of all women and girls are illiterate

Today is Human Rights Day and at MTM, we’re focused on education as a fundamental human right. Without education, that 11-year-old girl would have grown up without knowing what human rights she possesses. She would have become another statistic in the cycle of poverty and gender-based violence in Liberia and other developing countries.

Luckily, that girl is receiving an education. And she’s thriving. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up. She cares about her community and making it better. She knows how to advocate for herself. She knows this because More Than Me gave her the opportunity to go to school.

Our Vision

blog-6-1024x683 Our vision is every girl empowered: that our students will grow up knowing what their human rights are and will thus know how to advocate for themselves and their communities. At More Than Me, we feel lucky that we can provide a platform for this change to happen.

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly in Paris passed a resolution called  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It set out, for the first time, the fundamental human rights that need to be universally protected.

On this historic day, 67 years later, More Than Me is advocating for the need to #DoMore for Liberia’s children. Our way of doing more is partnering with Liberia’s Ministry of Education to rebuild existing government schools across the country using our holistic model, which provides excellent education and holistic wrap-around services to meet all of a child’s existing needs. Today, we’re asking you to #DoMore by investing the future of Liberia’s children.

Create #moreimpact here



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Life-Altering Treatment For Patience

You may remember Patience from last year when we blogged about her story. Since April, Patience has been in the U.S. receiving medical treatment for her epilepsy and the severe burns she received after having an epileptic seizure while cooking in West Point.


Photos by Max Englund

The Jaycee Burn Center and the UNC Burn Reconstruction and Aesthetic Center at UNC Hospitals treated Patience; first, to control her seizures, and then to help the scarring from the burns. The rest of the scars on her face, neck, chest, and shoulders were treated with laser treatments to help reduce inflammation. The treatment softened her scars, allowed for more motion in her neck, and animation in her smile and face.

Scott Hultman, MD and Patience

Scott Hultman, MD and Patience

Patience came to the US after she met Dr. David Wohl when he was in Monrovia doing work to improve treatment for Liberian people affected by the Ebola outbreak as well as the lives of Liberian Ebola survivors. While in Monrovia, Katie gave Dr. Wohl a tour of the MTM Academy and introduced him to Patience, who told Dr. Wohl about how she got her burns.

Because Patience was a student at the MTM Academy, she received life saving treatment immediately after being burned, but her quality of life since then remained low. When Dr. Wohl came to visit and mentioned his work in the burn treatment center, we introduced him to Patience to see if he could help her.

Dr. Wohl connected Patience to the UNC Hospitals, the Jaycee Burn Center and the UNC Burn Reconstruction and Aesthetic Center, and helped get all of Patience’s treatment fees covered by private donations from a Burn Center Fund that was created to provide surgical or reconstructive services to international patients who would otherwise not have access. Without Dr.Wohl’s help, Patience would not have had an opportunity to treat her scars and seizures.


Dr. Wohl, his family and friends, and his medical colleagues kindly opened their homes and hearts to Patience over the past several months. Patience received medical care and amazing opportunities for growth and education like working with a reading tutor and taking sewing and yoga classes.

We’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to Dr. David Wohl, his wife Alison, their two kids, and the entire UNC team! Thank you for caring for Patience and making her feel at home with you in North Carolina. We are so, so grateful.

Patience is returning to Liberia this week and is excited to see her friends and family and return to school at the MTM Academy. She’s an incredibly strong and creative young woman, and we can’t wait to see what she does next.


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What does More Than Me mean to you?

We asked the girls at the More Than Me Academy to tell us what school means to them. Each girl shared her own story of impact and we were pretty effected by them. We wanted to share some of their stories with you!

Teta T



Meet Teta: she is in fifth grade at the MTM Academy. She wrote that MTM changed her life from “negative to positive since starting school.”


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Meme C


Meme is in sixth grade at the MTM Academy. Meme drew a river to symbolize what MTM means to her. She and her friends go to the library and read history books and enjoy learning. Meme believed that all she needed was to build her future and that is exactly what she did.


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Meme wrote that her “life has changed since starting school because she does new things every day.”

Janet D



Janet is in fifth grade. “I have learned how to read, write, spell, speak english, and respect people. More Than Me is the light and ladder to my life.”



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Jugbeh S

Jugbeh is in fourth grade and wrote that the happiest moment of her life was entering school at the MTM Academy. Her favorite part about MTM is going to the library and reading. Jugbeh wrote, “since starting at MTM, I have become more respectful and it has changed my life. It is the key to my success. I LOVE YOU MORE THAN ME!”


We’re so proud of our students, and we can’t wait to see what they do next.

In Liberia, 65% of primary school age children are out of school. More than half (51%) of young people aged 15-24 are illiterate and approximately 73% of all women and girls in Liberia are illiterate.

MTM uses education as a catalyst for transformative social change for every girl in Liberia. When you educate a girl, you educate an entire community. Teta, Meme, Janet, and Jugbeh are just four examples of the power of education. Imagine if every girl in Liberia had the chance to tell her story of impact. What would that world look like?

Our vision is a Liberia where every girl is empowered, and we’re expanding our programs to make sure that’s possible. #letsdothis

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Zero Tolerance for Sexual Abuse

Why We Started

More Than Me was founded to help vulnerable girls get off the street and into school when MTM’s Founder, Katie Meyler, met an 11-year-old girl who was giving oral sex in exchange for clean drinking water. Stories like hers were not uncommon, and Katie refused to stand by and let these abuses happen. MTM has come a long way since becoming a registered nonprofit in 2009, but the core beliefs of the organization remain: no child should be forced to sell herself for her basic needs and every child deserves to receive an education.

The Incident

In June 2014, one of our students confided to the school nurse that she had been sexually assaulted by a male staff member who served as our community liaison. Upon hearing that news, the nurse informed the school administration staff who contacted Liberian police and the suspect was arrested two days later. We personally contacted supporters and shared the news online. Your reactions were incredible and unwavering in their support, and for that we thank you.

After being informed of the incident, our first priority was, and remains, the safety of our students. Due to our commitment to guarantee safety and trust when the first student came forward, other girls who claimed abuse felt supported enough to speak out. In cooperation with their parents and the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection, we now pay for housing, a full-time social worker, and schooling for the girls who came forward in a safe house, with its location only known to select personnel.

After his arrest, there was little indication as to when the trial would be scheduled. Then Ebola hit, and the country’s already fragile systems went into crisis mode.

Zero Tolerance Policy

“I want it to be heard loud and clear that in no way do I support Macintosh Johnson or anyone who abuses children in any way. I stand 100% behind our students, and I want the Government of Liberia to bring full force down on this man. He should never be allowed to be around children again,” said Founder of More Than Me, Katie Meyler.

More Than Me has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for abuse. Since the incident, we’ve taken the following steps to ensure the safety of our students:

  1. We reevaluated our ratio of male and female staff and have made every effort possible to hire qualified female teachers as they interact with our students the most. We continue to monitor all of our staff, regardless of gender, to ensure there is no abuse of any kind.
  2. Under no circumstance are girls left alone on campus or in vehicles with males.
  3. We have a schedule that is followed and we know where every single child is at any time during the day. The schedule allows no time for students to be alone with anyone in the building except with the nurse or social worker.
  4. We revised our child protection policy and code of conduct which all staff signed.
  5. We conduct reference checks for every staff member.
  6. We created and implemented a whistleblower protection policy.
  7. We created systems for anonymous complaints and formally documented complaints to further build a culture of trust among students and staff.
  8. We implemented sexual and reproductive health classes that include age appropriate awareness education on assault and abuse so students can recognize inappropriate behavior.

We never thought this would happen to us, nobody does; but at the same time, we knew that Gender Based Violence (GBV) was a rampant problem in Liberia, and still is. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called the country’s epidemic of child rape one of Liberia’s “biggest challenges” and “a growing concern”.  According to Liberia’s Ministry of Gender, two-­thirds of all rape victims in 2013 were between the ages of three and 14, yet less than one percent of perpetrators were convicted.

Refusing to Stay Silent

We are extremely proud of our students for coming forward. Their bravery and ability to advocate for themselves shows that standing up to violence is possible, and when safe places to report abuse are created in schools, and when schools take action, only then can justice begin to be served for Liberia’s children.

We want to be a resource for other organizations to look to. We must stand up to sexual abuse if we want to see progress. Our way of doing this on a larger scale is by helping to rebuild Liberia’s education system in support of the Ministry of Education, and bringing child protection policies and a culture of trust to the forefront of these reforms.

For more information, see Our Stance on GBV and our FAQ page. Please direct any further questions to [email protected].

UPDATE AS OF 3/4/16: 

We were informed this week by the Ministry of Justice, that the defendant, Macintosh Johnson, passed away from an illness while awaiting trial.

We remain incredibly proud of our girls for standing up for themselves; they truly are an example of raw boldness. The lack of accountability and gross exploitation of children that happens every day in Liberia is why More Than Me exists. We are fighting harder than ever to ensure that ALL girls in Liberia have the tools they need to stand up for themselves against abuse and exploitation so they can grow up to become the future leaders of their country. Thank you for your continued support.

More Than Me is not a representative in this case. The two parties involved were The Government of Liberia and Macintosh Johnson. This is the only information of which More Than Me is aware.

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A new year at the More Than Me Academy

Girls on the first day of school!

Girls on the first day of school

Today marks the first day of a new school year at the More Than Me Academy! We are excited both for our returning students and new students. We also had a few students graduate from the MTM Academy. Here are the details:

21113080522_09b2f58ae0_bTo give every student the best education possible, we’ve transitioned the MTM Academy to run as a typical Liberian primary school, with grades K-6.  For the last two years, MTM has had six “levels” rather than grades because most students were behind grade level for their age group; many came to us after having been out of school for many years. The students and their families have been eager to know what grade, according to Liberian standards, they were at.

We tested every child to determine their grade level, and those who tested above 6th grade (a total of 18 students), took a placement test at a nearby junior high school. All 18 of them passed and will start school in grades 7, 8, and 9 today! Their junior high school even told one of our students’ parents that MTM students consistently placed at the top of their classes on the test. They are incredible!!!


Our 18 students and their moms celebrating graduating from the MTM Academy!

Some of the girls graduated and more than me pay for their next school

Some of the girls graduated and More Than Me is paying for their next school fees. Here is Eve and Princess receiving their new uniforms!

We are sad to see students leave, but we are so proud of their accomplishments. MTM will still be supporting our students at their new school and are committed to supporting them through 12th grade, as well as providing them with the same auxiliary services they’d receive at MTM (healthcare, meals, etc). The students are always welcome at the MTM Academy campus and will remain a part of our MTM family. We even saw many of them stop by the school today to say hello before school. :)

Iris, our program manager, hugging a last time this two graduated students from the leadership classroom.

Iris, our Program Manager, hugging these two graduated students from the leadership classroom one last time

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The Evolution of MTM

Like any growing, expanding, and changing organization, More Than Me is comprised of numerous components. We have our board, supporters, volunteers, Liberia team, US team, and, most importantly, our students.

As we grow, we’re committed to remaining transparent. Right now is an especially exciting time of expansion for us. And you should know about it.

The girls have always been at the center of what we do (and will continue to be as we move forward); but after Ebola, we realized that if the entire education system doesn’t improve, the country will not have the skills necessary to handle another epidemic or crisis.

This summer, Liberia’s Minister of Education asked us to partner with him to rebuild the education infrastructure, starting with 30 government schools across Liberia. Using what we’ve learned at the More Than Me Academy and during Ebola, we will focus on technology, teacher training, healthcare and child protection as our pillars to impact 30,000 children over the next few years. And that is just the beginning!


So what does rebuilding an education system look like? We think hearing from our team on the ground is the best way to show you. So we started a new blog on Medium to share updates, stories, and perspectives from the field.

This principal is eager to show off his school despite the empty classrooms lacking desks.

Students eager to learn. Even during their summer break. While a full classroom is wonderful, it’s hard to not notice the lack of girls.

Don’t worry, we’ll still have this blog to keep you updated on MTM’s big picture and the happenings at the More Than Me Academy, but the new blog, titled re:Urgent, will focus on in-the-field updates to document what it takes to rebuild an entire education system.

“The story was the same across the country. There were glimmers of hope along the way in the new Ministry of Education model schools being constructed, but the reality was, the majority of schools don’t have what you and I consider basic necessities.”

Laura Smith,  MTM Country Director

A site seen all too often. A piece of wood in place of a chalkboard. That same piece of wood is being used to divide a space meant for one class into a space for 2 classes.

A classroom located in one of the schools on the Ministry’s Liberia tour

We already have two blog posts from the field, one by Matt von Boecklin, our M&E Manager, and one by Laura Smith, our Country Director. Matt discusses meeting the Minister of Education and the minister’s promotion of More Than Me as an essential role in moving forward. Laura goes into detail about the conditions of public schools in Liberia – small classrooms without chairs, desks, and chalkboards or access to water or sanitation facilities.

Working Together for a Better Liberia

All children in Liberia deserve the right to an education.

Change is a long, hard road, but we know that with the right partnerships and resources, we can improve the Liberian education system. How amazing would it be if future leaders looked to Liberia as the quintessential model of education reform? We believe this can happen, and we hope that you will follow, support, and join us on our journey. #staytuned

For the girls and for Liberia,

The MTM Team

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Our Girls Are Spelling Bee Champs!

More Than Me students participated in a spelling competition later week against 25 school in Monrovia. Our photographer, Thomas, cause the event live…

Practice Makes Perfect

During the school year, the staff and teachers at the More Than Me Academy would organize occasional quizzes on Fridays as a way to recap the previous week’s material and create a friendly competition as an incentive to learn. It was also a good way for one of our teachers, Chris, to evaluate the students and identify those who were really excelling.

The Spelling Bee

Lucky for the More Than Me Girls, all that quiz practice was put to good use on a rainy July 17th. Because it is during the summer break, a school in Monrovia took the initiative to organize a spelling competition to keep students’ skills sharp. That day, the More Than Me team, consisting of 10 students, attended the competition with the real intention to win!

All the schools gathered for the spelling competition.

At 9am a crowd of people, including school principals, teacher, parents, students, and friends gathered to support their teams. After waiting 30 minutes for people to sit  and settle down, the game started, and the More Than Me team  won the “qualifications” round with an impressive performance.

Chris, who is also the team manager, explained how he managed the team: “We have a total of 10 girls, and for each round we have 5 girls collaborating and thinking together before spelling the word. I want all the girls to play with everybody so I mix the team before each round!”

The Importance of Education

Here in Liberia, education is one of the public’s main concerns. This competition was well received because the community understood the importance of supporting an event like this, in hopes of emphasizing education. People attending the competition were very involved and wanted their team to win- and things got pretty intense!

To the Finals!

Regina spelling ‘International’

Flash forward to the Semi-Final, the fourth round for our students. Everybody is very focused, as it is the opponent’s turn to spell a word. “International. I.N.T.E.R.N.A.T.I.O.N.N.A.L. International.” More Than Me jumps up from happiness even before judges deliver their verdicts. “WRONG! More Than Me- Can you spell the word ‘International’?” One fast and correct spelling from our Power Class student, Regina, and we are going to the final!

All the More Than Me employees gather outside with the 5 girls that will fight for the title. “Girls, this competition is not about me, not about you, it is for more than me. Win for your fellow classmates!”

Mr. Jallah, our Vice Principal, adds, “Do not be overly confident, and listen carefully to the spelling, ask to repeat if needed!”


The final teams are called into the speakers: everybody sits and watches each team quietly. A lot of complicated words (such as “squirrel” which for me, as a French man, is a word that often can cause me spelling nightmares) are spelled by both teams perfectly. The last word is coming: “dehydration.” A missing “h” on the word from the other team, and More Than Me wins the contest after 5 perfect rounds! Yeeha! 

I asked three of the students, “Did you know you will win?” Their reply? “Of course we knew it!”

Celebrating after the win! 


Regina accepting the winning plaque!

We are so proud of our girls and all that they accomplished. They are smart, powerful students who are learning to #FollowTheirDreams. Way to go More Than Me Academy- Congratulations on the win!

See more photos on our Facebook page! To support our talented spelling bee champs and their classmates, check out the I See You Fund.

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For a Better Liberia

Your World, My World, Our World.

We love our girls, and we want to make sure that when they graduate they can decide what comes next. Knowing our students background and where they call home is essential to ensuring that we provide the best education and care we can. Most of our students come from the West Point slum in Monrovia. We have always been committed to helping the West Point community, but during Ebola our work and involvement with them increased even more. We want to involve the community as much as possible moving forward, because they are an essential component of Liberia’s future progress.

West Point is at the center of More Than Me’s mission, and through a new partnership with My World, The United Nations Global Survey for a Better World, we have the perfect opportunity to dive into the community, the people who live there, and the key issues they want to fix. Our partnership with My World is an opportunity to share in our commitment to supporting the development goals of people from West Point. See what My World is saying about West Point and our partnership here.


My World has given access to data, called My Analytics, that reveals each country’s rankings of their biggest problems in terms of different demographics.

The data shows that Liberians’ first priority is creating a stronger education system. After education, Liberians have prioritized a better healthcare system and creating more job opportunities- which will both improve after the foundation of a good education system is created.

Humans of West Point

One of the awesome parts of this collaboration with My World is that we get to highlight some individual stories in West Point. Our wonderful photographer, Thomas Lhomme, has been capturing amazing pictures of West Point citizens and talking to them about what they want to change in Liberia. Take a look, and please meet Maxwell, Tannie, Kummeh, James, and Esther.

Key Priority: Education access. “I am currently a student, and I want to do computer IT, but I am not sure I can afford this because all the schools are expensive. I am waiting to see what will happen after high school is over!” – Maxwell 23 years old

Key Priority: Job opportunities. “When I went to school, I learned about a lot of things but when it is over, you have no access to jobs because you have no training easy to access. I would like to be a driver but I have no money for a training and for a car. So now, I am selling chiken in the street! Do you want a piece of it?!”- Tannie 43 Years Old

Key Priority: More Local Associations. “See all those children? They are orphans from Ebola time, I made an association to help them. I have an office here but no money to care for them, I just want to help, why does the government do not help me?”-  Kummeh 51 years old

Key Priority: Free Education System. “See, this is the water I sell. I am 71 years old but I need to sell water if I want to make my family eating. School here is expensive, I am happy that we can find a NGO that makes school free, but it is not enough. Liberia should take care of this!”- James 71 years old

Key Priority: Job opportunities. “My son just finished high school. He cannot find a job and needs to go to school if he want a descent job… I want to give the best I can to my kids but I feel like I’m limited.”- Esther 62 years old

The Girls of MTM 

Thomas even asked some of the MTM girls for their opinions.

Key Priority: Education. “I want to learn books, to be happy, then I’ll be able to work hard. Even for the people I am living with, if you are able to use books, you can work hard! I want to be a plane pilot, and then I’ll visit China.” – Entray, 10 years old


Key Priority: Money Issues. “I want to be a president then I can make my country good. To make my country good, I’ll buy everything for people to make them happy.” – Ruth, 8 years old.

Key Priority: Job opportunities. “I love, and I am good at math! I want to become an accountant in a bank because I want money for my family. Money comes from work, but there is no work for my family here.”- Phelimina, 15 years old.

Key Priority: Sanitary Issues. “I want to be a doctor because people here get sick fast. I want to go in America to learn, then work, get money, and come back here to help my family.”- Precious, 11 years old.


These are humans of our shared world. Working together to fix Liberia’s, and other countries’, problems will make a better world for all of us. Our girls #KeepDreaming for a better Liberia, won’t you?


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