For those with a heart for change,Fellow blogger Gabriella is an advocate member with BASI and am an Outreach Coordinator for More Than Me, an organization that works to lift girls off the street and into school in Liberia, West Africa.
We're bringing together 1,000 blogs across the world to make one day - just one day on Nov 30th - a day to spread the word about the dreams of Abigail, one of our students. The occasion is a special on NBC that we'll be appearing on. Voting started on Tuesday (Nov 27), so we'd love your help in sharing the word ASAP! This is not for us. This is for a girl who is very real; who is waiting on the other side of the world to hear if she will get the chance to go to school! We're getting lots of exciting buzz around this including people sharing photos on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter with "I am Abigail" written on their foreheads to remind us that any one of us could be Abigail, and it's so easy for us to help.
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More Than Me, an education and girls’ empowerment non-profit is gaining notoriety through its guerilla-style marketing, inspiring hundreds of people to write “I am Abigail” on their foreheads and posting the photos on Facebook.
This really begs the question, “Who the heck is Abigail?”
Abigail was an orphan in West Point, Liberia. You may have read her letter in a previous article here on the Huffington Post. At six, she was left with prostitutes. She learned to work the streets in order to get access to drinking water and food. Education was not an option.
Then Abigail met Katie Meyler, the founder of More Than Me, an organization dedicated to getting girls off the streets and into schools. Katie and Abigail became fast friends, and More Than Me has raised the money to put Abigail through school. She is learning to bake, and aspires to one day be a Senator, so she can, in turn, help other girls like her.
So, why are all these people also “Abigail”?
Abigail could be you. Abigail could be your sister, your niece, your student, or your neighbor. Remember, we live in a global community; there is no “me” without “we”, Abigail is because you are, and you are because Abigail is.
Join the community. When you’ve done that, help the community grow by spreading our story. And most of all, get inspired.
Abigail has a message for all of you:
Dear World,My name is Abigail.I'm 13-years-old. I live in West Point, Liberia. I don't know my parents... I was left with prostitutes when I was six-years-old. They took care of me, but life was hard. Often, I didn't have a place to sleep or food to eat. I never went to school. And I would often sleep at a video club so men could find me and then "rent" me for the night. I was abused, both in my mind and body. I didn't feel loved.When I met the people at More Than Me, my life changed. I have a new home now and food to eat. I'm in school now. I'm happy now. I feel like I have a future now. I feel loved. I've learned how to bake, which helps me earn extra money.Please help vote for me so I can continue in this new life and stay in school. Your vote is my future. I'll do anything to show you that I'll do my best in school and become something with my life.
For All People, everywhere...
Take 15 seconds (yes, just 15 seconds) to make the lives of these girls a bit better by doing two very simple and extremely meaningful things:
Member Outreach Coordinator for More Than Me