"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." – Mother Teresa
In the spirit of both Mother Teresa and the inspiring people that I have been lucky to call my friends, I made the life-changing decision to move to Monrovia, Liberia to help girls through an amazing organization called More Than Me (MTM).
So Why Liberia?
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 school. 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 not only as a teacher at this school, but also as a liaison--lending my voice to MTM and helping them raise much needed funds.
Not everyone gets to come to Liberia, but 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 go towards helping us make the MTM Academy systematically sustainable and permanent, so that these amazing girls, and many more like them, will all have the opportunity to learn, succeed and reach their dreams--things that every child should have. Let’s help these girls get off the street, and run the world!
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