Mother Teresa once said, "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." Recently, my dear friend Jennifer graced my humble Brooklyn apartment with her presence and reminded me about the kind words of Mother Teresa. She informed me about an organization she was moving to Africa for called More Than Me (MTM), and educated me on the current state of Liberia, West Africa. In Liberia, more than 40% of girls ages 10-14 have Never gone to school. Unfortunately young girls fall victim to the most reported crime in Liberia: rape. Before the war in 1989, Liberia had over 2,400 schools, and after 2003, Liberia only had about 480 remaining. It is now a host to some of the poorest slums in the world. As you can see, for quite some time, these precious girls have been forgotten...but not anymore! MTM is working against these odds to get girls off the street and into the new More Than Me Academy being built for opening in September. MTM is coordinating 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. As a woman and a global citizen, I have decided my role in helping create peace will be as a liaison--lending my voice to MTM and helping them raise much needed funds. By taking this step, I have been offered the opportunity to visit the MTM School in Liberia if I can raise the most funds by August 25th! On August 25th, many of the MTM girls will be running the Liberian 10K as part of the Meet Her at the Finish Line Campaign. The girls have been training 3 times a week and are gaining confidence, strength, speed and self-respect. This is a HUGE deal for these girls! If YOU are looking for a way to make a difference, or know how much it would mean to me to have your support, any donation would be kindly appreciated. Your contribution will not only go to funding the girl's 10K, but most vitally towards helping build the MTM Academy to allow these amazing girls to have the opportunity to learn, succeed and reach their dreams--things that every child should have. I am fundraising specifically for 12-year old Hawa Kamara in hopes to sponsor her as she runs the Liberian 10K and starts school at the MTM Academy this September. Your kindness will help give her power, strength, and resilience so that she can conquer anything!
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