The Liberian Association of Greater Houston (LAGH) in the Unites States last Tuesday presented a symbolic check of US$4,000 to the management team of the More Than Me Academy (MTMA) on Ashmun Street in Monrovia.
Madam Effua McGowan presented the check on behalf of the group. She said the cash donation came from Liberians residing in the United States, particularly in Houston, who saw the need to make a financial contribution to the work More Than Me is doing in molding the minds of Liberia’s future leaders.
Madam McGowan said Liberians in the Diaspora were excited about the level of contribution More Than Me is making in Liberia, which has impacted quality education for Liberia’s youthful population, especially the girls.
She lauded the efforts of the founder of the institution, Ms. Katie Meyler, for catering to female Liberian children.
To the students, Madam McGowan underscored the importance of education. She admonished them to take their lessons seriously if they are to serve as future leaders, noting, “Your education is your personal achievement, which no one can take from you.”
She expressed gratitude to those who have supported MTMA, and the Liberian instructors who are selflessly imparting knowledge to the students.
Madam Alexandra Fallon, MTMA chief academic officer, thanked the members and the leadership of LAGH for its support towards the education of Liberian children.
She promised to use the amount presented to the institution for its intended purpose.
Ms. Oludrey Briggs, principal of the school, expressed gratitude to LAGH for selecting the MTMA among 200 other institutions for the cash donation.
MTMA is a vocal advocate for girls’ empowerment that offers tuition-free education from kindergarten to grade 6. It is one of the all-girls schools that provide quality education and other services such as healthcare, family planning, psychosocial support, and a feeding program for the most vulnerable girls in Monrovia.
It is also committed to supporting its students through the 12th grade with tuition, basic healthcare and tutoring. The academy also serves as an incubator for innovation and as a research and development center to test initiatives that, if proven successful, will be implemented in schools across the country.