BENEFITING: MORE THAN ME
EVENT DATE: Nov 12, 2013
Hello and thank you for visiting our fundraising page!
We are excited to announce that on November 12th, 2013 at 3pm, Morris Knolls High School will be hosting Macintosh Johnson, a former Liberian child solider, and Katie Meyler, the founder and CEO of More Than Me. We invite you to come listen to them tell their amazing life stories and how More Than Me got to where it is today.
More Than Me's Story:
We get girls off the street and into school in one of the poorest slums in the world in Liberia, West Africa. We work with community leaders to identify the girls who are at the highest risk of being sexually exploited to ensure that education and opportunity, not exploitation and poverty, defines their lives. We pay tuition, provide school lunch and we work with the school and community to make it impossible for her to fail. It's working, 10% of our girls are 1st in their class!
The vision that More Than Me has to transform the lives of these girls and their community is just beginning! More Than Me is seeing real results in the slum of West Point, Liberia where the girls live.
With your help, we want to raise at least $1,000 for this inspiring program.
Educating girls is one of the best ways to combat poverty:
- 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 percent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent.
- When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man. (source: The Girl Effect)
Why help girls in Liberia?
Liberia, West Africa has a population of about 4 million and the native language is English. Liberia, which means "land of the free," was founded by free African-Americans and freed slaves from the United States in 1820. The capital, "Monrovia," is named after the 5th U.S. president, James Monroe. An exciting fact about Liberia is that current President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first female president in all of Africa! Unfortunately, in Liberia, more than 40% of girls ages 10-14 have never gone to school and young girls often fall victim to rape and exploitation (Girl-Up). Before the war in 1989, Liberia had over 2,400 schools. After 2003, Liberia only had about 480 remaining.
Hold back on one trip to the movies, a few drinks from Starbucks, a new outfit from the mall, and consider making a donation to support this great organization.
If you want to change a life in a big way through a small action, now is your chance. Please donate whatever you can. Thank you.