Your World, My World, Our World.
We love our girls, and we want to make sure that when they graduate they can decide what comes next. Knowing our students background and where they call home is essential to ensuring that we provide the best education and care we can. Most of our students come from the West Point slum in Monrovia. We have always been committed to helping the West Point community, but during Ebola our work and involvement with them increased even more. We want to involve the community as much as possible moving forward, because they are an essential component of Liberia’s future progress.
West Point is at the center of More Than Me’s mission, and through a new partnership with My World, The United Nations Global Survey for a Better World, we have the perfect opportunity to dive into the community, the people who live there, and the key issues they want to fix. Our partnership with My World is an opportunity to share in our commitment to supporting the development goals of people from West Point. See what My World is saying about West Point and our partnership here.
My World has given access to data, called My Analytics, that reveals each country’s rankings of their biggest problems in terms of different demographics.
The data shows that Liberians’ first priority is creating a stronger education system. After education, Liberians have prioritized a better healthcare system and creating more job opportunities- which will both improve after the foundation of a good education system is created.
Humans of West Point
One of the awesome parts of this collaboration with My World is that we get to highlight some individual stories in West Point. Our wonderful photographer, Thomas Lhomme, has been capturing amazing pictures of West Point citizens and talking to them about what they want to change in Liberia. Take a look, and please meet Maxwell, Tannie, Kummeh, James, and Esther.
Key Priority: Education access. “I am currently a student, and I want to do computer IT, but I am not sure I can afford this because all the schools are expensive. I am waiting to see what will happen after high school is over!” – Maxwell 23 years old
Key Priority: Job opportunities. “When I went to school, I learned about a lot of things but when it is over, you have no access to jobs because you have no training easy to access. I would like to be a driver but I have no money for a training and for a car. So now, I am selling chiken in the street! Do you want a piece of it?!”- Tannie 43 Years Old
Key Priority: More Local Associations. “See all those children? They are orphans from Ebola time, I made an association to help them. I have an office here but no money to care for them, I just want to help, why does the government do not help me?”- Kummeh 51 years old
Key Priority: Free Education System. “See, this is the water I sell. I am 71 years old but I need to sell water if I want to make my family eating. School here is expensive, I am happy that we can find a NGO that makes school free, but it is not enough. Liberia should take care of this!”- James 71 years old
Key Priority: Job opportunities. “My son just finished high school. He cannot find a job and needs to go to school if he want a descent job… I want to give the best I can to my kids but I feel like I’m limited.”- Esther 62 years old
The Girls of MTM
Thomas even asked some of the MTM girls for their opinions.
Key Priority: Education. “I want to learn books, to be happy, then I’ll be able to work hard. Even for the people I am living with, if you are able to use books, you can work hard! I want to be a plane pilot, and then I’ll visit China.” – Entray, 10 years old
Key Priority: Money Issues. “I want to be a president then I can make my country good. To make my country good, I’ll buy everything for people to make them happy.” – Ruth, 8 years old.
Key Priority: Job opportunities. “I love, and I am good at math! I want to become an accountant in a bank because I want money for my family. Money comes from work, but there is no work for my family here.”- Phelimina, 15 years old.
Key Priority: Sanitary Issues. “I want to be a doctor because people here get sick fast. I want to go in America to learn, then work, get money, and come back here to help my family.”- Precious, 11 years old.
These are humans of our shared world. Working together to fix Liberia’s, and other countries’, problems will make a better world for all of us. Our girls #KeepDreaming for a better Liberia, won’t you?