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I am setting up this campaign with my 13 year old daughter Gwyneth who will be entering 8th grade at our local school this Fall.
As a Girl Scout, I am working towards my Silver Award and I have selected to raise awareness in my local community for women's rights. One of the organizations that I have become passionate about is More Than Me, a group founded to help get girls in Liberia, West Africa get off the street and into school. As a young girl growing up in America, I was startled by the struggles and hardships that these girls face. More Than Me is striving to help and is opening the doors to the More Than Me Academy in September.
As part of the school's physical education program the girls are training to run in a 10K on August 25th. This makes the girls feel confident, and supportive of each other. While they are running they yell things like "I respect myself!" I have been running cross country for school since 5th grade. Running is my favorite sport! It helps me set goals for myself, make new friends, and it gives me confidence as well. I have decided to build a team of girls in my local community to run at the same time as the More Than Me girls.
GIRLS RUNNING TOGETHER AROUND THE WORLD!!
We may be separated by location but not by our DREAMS!
I would love the opportunity to meet the More Than Me girls and visit their new school. Please consider a donation to help me visit Liberia by raising the most money between now and race day. Your contribution will go a long way in helping the More Than Me Academy succeed and allow these girls to attain their dreams.
$25 = CONFIDENCE
$50 = SELF RESPECT
$100 = STRENGTH
$500 = OPPORTUNITY
$1000 = DREAMS
OTHER AMOUNT OF YOUR CHOICE
I am fundraising for Beatrice, a third grader at the academy.
Beatrice Payzou's Story:
With a name that would seem destined for Hollywood, Beatrice would without doubt light up the big screen with her exuberant personality. Tinseltown may have to wait because this little girl already knows her calling. "I want to be a doctor when I grow up," the third grader says with a confident smile. Beatrice is one step closer to that dream now that she's enrolled in school.When not studying, Beatrice can be seen doing what most girls her age should be doing—playing! "That girl plays too much" her mother Elizabeth could often be heard complaining as she watches Beatrice and her siblings play soccer outside of their little rented concrete house. Elizabeth has struggled to provide for her eight children ever since her husband's death. She earns a meager living selling cooked rice and is thankful for the support her daughter receives from More than Me. "Thank you plenty to all the people in the US for giving me hope," Elizabeth says of her renewed faith that her daughter will one day be able to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor.Whatever profession Beatrice ends up pursuing, she will light up the lives of people around her with her brilliant smile.