Send the Muldoons to Liberia!
We (The Cousins Muldoon) are trying to raise $7,000 to travel to Liberia this July and August to help the non-profit organization More Than Me start a safe house and after school program for young girls in the West Point neighborhood of Monrovia, the country's capital.
We are spearheading a team of volunteer artists and educators working at the safe house teaching after school arts programs, providing academic tutoring, and making available other supportive resources the girls would not have access to otherwise.
Our goal with the after school program is to help supplement the girl's education by exposing them to programming they would not find in school. Art education and other creative endeavors helps strengthen problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success.
West Point is one of the poorest places in West Africa and these girls are some of the most vulnerable on the planet. Many of them were orphaned during the countries brutal 14 year civil war and others have fallen victim to child prostitution.
Yet, education can help them build a better future and give them the tools to let their stories be told.
Current UNESCO statistics report that an estimated 73%, of primary-aged children are out of school in post-conflict Liberia. Getting these girls the education they need will make a major difference in their lives. It is reported that girls in the developing world who receive seven or more years of education, marry four years later and have 2.2 fewer children.
Help us make a difference in the lives of these girls and help them drive their country beyond its tagic past. By working to empower these young women we can help them to forge a better future for themselves, their families, and their community as a whole.
About More Than Me and why this cause is so important:
More Than Me is a non-profit that works to get little girls off the street and into school in one of the world’s most dangerous slums in the world in Liberia, West Africa. It works 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. They pay tuition, provide school lunch and work with the school and community to make it impossible for her to fail. Their efforts are working. They currently have put 100 girls in school with 10% of them being 1st in their class!
Providing girls with an education can make a real difference in their community. Check out the following links for more information on the "Girl Effect":
The girl effect video.
How you can do your part:
Every dollar counts!
Your financial contribution will go towards:
- $3,000 for two plane tickets to Monrovia, Liberia
- $2,000 for travel and living expenses (food, housing, shots) for the two of us for up to 8 weeks
- $2,000 for education materials for the program (basic school and art supplies are not readily available in the country)
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Tell your friends, family and coworkers. Help us spread the word by telling everyone you can about our worthy cause.
Host an event!
Host a dinner party and ask for donations. Hold an office pool. If you run a business with a product or services you are willing to donate as a perk for giving money to our cause please do so. Any contribution you can make to helping us reach our goal will make a difference!
We are raising all the money on our own, with no financial help from More Than Me. We are looking for support from anyone who is willing to help us make this dream a reality. Even the smallest contribution will make a big impact on the lives of these girls.
About Maggie and Brian:
Brian is a Brooklyn based educator who has worked with students ranging in age from pre-k to early college, teaching everything from physiology and art to computer literacy and physics. He has worked as a classroom teacher, after school outreach educator, and education programs coordinator for a children's museum. He has volunteered as a teacher at a vocational school in Uganda, East Africa, as well as a tutor for Bhutanese refugee adolescents. Brian is committed to providing a nuanced and creativity-based education to children and young adults from all walks of life. He believes that the fostering of creativity and critical thinking is key to the cultivation of successful and empowered students.
Maggie is an artist, illustrator, and educator living in Brooklyn, NY. She has been teaching and tutoring students of all ages in a variety of settings for over ten years in subject matter varying from math and english to art and robotics. Maggie has developed programming and curriculum for various educational centers and not-for-profit organizations in art, physical science, game desing, Do-It-Yourself electronics, and more. She spent one year studying art and culture at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa. She specializes in using reused, recycled and repurposed materials in both art and education.