After living in Liberia for several years, Katie Meyler became passionate about helping young women there create a better future for themselves. So she started More Than Me to provide education, health and social services to girls in the West Point slum.
The organization won a $1-million prize from Chase Bank as part of a contest which was decided by likes on Facebook. Katie says her vast network helped push More Than Me to the top of the list, even though it was the smallest organization in the running. Katie used the grant to build a new elementary school for girls in the city of Monrovia.
Just a year after the school opened, Ebola began to develop into a crisis in West Africa. Katie, who was back in the US at the time, decided to return to Liberia. More Than Me shifted its focus toward stopping the spread of Ebola and helping patients and their families. Katie turned to her network again, this time to raise funding for case finders, nurses, medical supplies and ambulances. The organization also worked to help survivors and children who were orphaned.
After being closed for seven months, the More Than Me Academy reopened in March to continue its mission of providing education and opportunity to girls in West Point. And Katie says she's committed to making sure the world doesn't forget about Liberia.