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  • Featured Child: Alex Mwangi

    I read somewhere that one of the best ways to be happy is to make it a daily habit to spend one or two minutes giving thanks. I began trying this a couple of weeks ago and I found that spending a few minutes in gratitude really helped to change even my frustrations into thankfulness. We have the opportunity everyday to be a source of support to other people, not because there is something we can get out of the situation, but because we realize just how much we have received from others in the past. One way we can begin to give is to think about what we received. For me, the first thing that comes to mind is education. There are so many organizations that provide education to those who most need it and there is really a remarkable opportunity to be part of a community that provides education to children who most need it. One child in need of support is Alex Mwangi. Alex Mwangi is nine years old. Both his father and his mother have passed away. Alex and his brothers had no where to go...
  • Patience! A Child from the More Than Me Organization

    Her mother never went to school But makes 27 dollars a month selling cold water Patience She has two siblings And the whole family sleeps on the floor of the one room they share Patience She wants to go to school She dreams of becoming a nurse But she has been in and out of school Please don’t let Patience be patient waiting for an education Learn more about Patience
  • Featured Child from More than Me

    Isaac’s father died six years ago. Ever since that moment, he changed. Perhaps he grew up a lot quicker than other kids because his family had to figure out how to support themselves. His family began selling rice to bring in some income, but it was never enough to send Isaac to school. Living in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, Isaac is now supported with a More than Me scholarship and is able to attend school. More than Me is an organization that has a mission to educate children, especially since education is linked to reducing poverty. Isaac’s future aspiration is to learn as much as he can about the human body, so that if someone gets sick he can help him. It is mentioned on his profile that he is deeply affected by the loss of his father and would not want other children to also lose theirs. I am reminded of someone in my hometown who also lost his father. Ever since that moment, he completely changed. He placed more of a focus on academics, and ended up receiving a unive...
  • I love the ideas I get from reading

    Recently, I haven’t had much rest because of my schoolwork. However, I have also been realizing how thankful I should be. There are so many times when I complain about the intensity of work, the piling papers and problem sets I have to get to, and the never-ending waves of exams, but the fact that this is my biggest challenge right now is such a blessing. Education is one of the greatest gifts that we could ever receive and this humbles me. I have been looking over the bios of students that we sponsor, students who are looking to be supported so they could go to school. Reading Janet D’s bio made me smile because she loves to read. To her, it is the ideas that she gets from reading that make her love it so much. She is sponsored by our partner “More Than Me” whose mission is to get girls off the street and into school in Liberia. This organization points out that educating children helps reduce poverty. School is a place of support and it empowers a child to have a voice in ...
  • No Subject

    August 13, 2011 Cambodia is so beautiful. I’m simply blown away. Cambodia has such natural beauty and man-made beauty. The temples constructed in and around Phnom Penh are breathtaking. I have been here for one day, but I already know that it is my favorite country I’ve visited thus far. The people are so kind, and amazingly so when you consider the catastrophes, genocides, and political corruption that the people have undergone over the years. I met a cab driver in the airport and learned that two of his brothers died during the rule of Pol Pot. He spoke about his childhood and how he was forced to do manual labor in the fields with other students. He has a kind face, one that breaks easily into smiles, but I also know he is a man who weathered a lot of hardships in his life. Back in the states, when I told people I was going to go to Cambodia, many people responded by asking me if it is safe. This shows the perception of instability in Cambodia that people already have. How mu...