Chester, NJ – Sarah Stover isn’t your typical 15-year-old. When she was 12, she helped raise $10,000 to build a well and cistern in Haiti. She’s currently in her fifth year of studying Mandarin and recently decided to teach herself German. She loves to draw and ride horses.
And in August 2012, Sarah was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, pediatric follicular lymphoma, and needed immediate surgery. She responded well to the treatments and was given the opportunity to be granted a wish through Make-A-Wish® New Jersey, an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions between the ages of 2 ½ and 18.
Sarah chose to give six at-risk girls a chance at an education and hope for a brighter future by sponsoring them for a year at the More Than Me Academy in Liberia, West Africa. More Than Me (MTM) gets girls off the street and into school in one of the poorest slums in the world. The MTM Academy, a free, all-girls primary school, opened its doors on September 7th with the support of Liberia’s President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
When asked about her decision to support girls education in Liberia, she said: “I thought, instead of giving me something to look forward to, why don’t I give six girls something to look forward to instead?”
This Human Rights Day, IDG Summit honors Sarah for her commitment to girls around the world. Thank you for believing in the power of girls education.
This is why we VOTE FOR GIRLS!
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