‘More Than Me’ Steps up to the Ebola cisis
Katie create the award-winning foundation More Than Me in 2009. From the beginning, the organization endeavored to expand educational opportunities for the most vulnerable girls from the West Point slum in Monrovia, capital city of Liberia, in West Africa.
But the Ebola crisis refocused the organization’s energies to mobilize an ad hoc disaster-response center, organize food distribution, launch an ambulance service, and establish a temporary orphanage for children whose families have been devastated by the dreaded disease. Staff and volunteers even converted the guesthouse to a quarantine unit, and the library to a warehouse for medical supplies.
When West Point’s first case of Ebola was confirmed in August 2014, Katie recounted, More Than Me sought partnerships with the Ministry of Health and others to eradicate the disease not just West Point, but from Liberia altogether.
“And it’s working!” Katie exclaimed. In fact, MOH has asked the organization to expand its efforts to five other Ebola hot zones. “Now we are focusing on survivor support and reintegration.”
Providing education to the girls will always be a priority, Katie said, but after decades of civial war, Liberia lacks an educated professional population to lead its schools. Illiteracy is a problem across generations.
“We want to circumvent the lack of literacy by focusing more on technology,” she said. “The hope is that over the next couple of decades, students will graduate to become the leaders and teachers Liberia needs to develop and recover.”