MORE THAN ME wrote -
At More Than Me, our experience has taught us that education is not enough. All children should have access to informed healthcare, both preventatively and when new health disasters hit; deworming, immunizations, nutrition and reproductive health should be offered as a means of keeping children in school and thriving.
Program Goals: Provide Healthcare to 1500 students at 6 Schools.
1. A NURSE AT EVERY SCHOOL.
2. CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION, INCLUDING LATRINES FOR GIRLS.
3. MALARIA PREVENTION AND TREATMENT.
4. FAMILY PLANNING FOR GIRLS.
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 without safe homes and halls of learning, nutrition and access to informed healthcare, and monitoring to ensure the growing capacity of adults to protect their children’s rights.
More Than Me proposes that school redefined must become a community hub with responsibility for rebuilding the capacity of communities living in crisis and its aftermath to protect the Fundamental Rights of Children. We are piloting this initiative in Liberia with a goal of 500 schools in five years.
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 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 is education for all.