Provide Education to Girls in Liberia
In Liberia, where the average life expectancy is 46 years old and the GDP is the 2nd lowest in the world, education can make all the difference. You can help provide girls (many orphans, street children, and former sex workers), with the educational tools they need to live better lives. Your support will provide a girl with a scholarship to attend school as well as with uniforms, books, supplies, and a matched mentor. Additionally, the girls learn proper nutrition, are provided with immunizations, and learn about disease transmission prevention as well as learn to read and write.
A conservative estimate says that 101 million school-aged children in the world are not in school. The number is suspected to be much higher than that, particularly among females. In the community in Liberia where you will provide scholarships to girls, the families cannot afford to send their children to school - there is a huge disparity between school fees and associated costs and family income. Many MTM program students are street children, orphans, or from single parent homes, and MTM offers these girls support in any way we can. It is estimated that in Liberia 61% of school-aged children are not in school, and the number is higher amongst the poorest and girls, the community we serve. MTM firmly believes that educating women will lead to lower disease rates, longer life expectancy, increased opportunity for both the student and her family, and lead to increased development for the entire country of Liberia.
About More Than Me Foundation
Partner since June, 2011
The More than Me Foundation's (MTM) stated mission is to "Get girls off the street and into school in Liberia, West Africa."
MTM's broader vision is to inspire people to take global action that will positively impact the lives of others. We demonstrate this desire by working in a community that is left in the shadows - our project in post-war Liberia (in the capital region of Monrovia) provides scholarships, mentoring, school supplies, books, uniforms, feminine hygiene products, safe places to stay, and family support services to get girls off the street, in school, and to keep them there. Since 2010 we have enrolled 100 girls in school with full support and are already seeing increased levels of confidence, health as well as learning reading and writing which will allow them to pursue jobs with higher earning potential in the future.