Your support provides us the opportunity to create a safe haven for the rescued girls to receive education, medical attention and care, and life skills training.
The Maasai culture is strongly patriarchal, with a man’s wealth measured in terms of cattle and children.
Girls are at the bottom of the social hierarchy. In childhood girls as young as 7 or 8 are matched with much older men, with multiple wives, in exchange for livestock. Many girls are forced to undergo the traditional rite of female genital mutilation (FGM) to be considered marriageable, despite the practice being outlawed by the governments of Tanzania and Kenya.
Maasai girls face severe challenges to stay in school and build a better life. Fewer than 20 percent of Maasai girls enroll in school. Even fewer complete primary school and go on to secondary school or university. But those who become educated are respected by their tribe, which is struggling with how to integrate its centuries-old, semi-nomadic lifestyle into the modern world.
Our mission is to adopt the most at-risk girls – victims of abuse, poverty and starvation – and give them a foundation for a new life.
We meet their basic needs with shelter, food, clothing and nurturing adult care. We enroll them in local schools. Then we help them develop personal confidence and occupational skills to reach their full potential.
Our counselors provide mentoring in assertiveness, life skills, and study habits. Counselling is provided for their families to encourage parents to support their girls' education. A tutoring and study program assists the older children who have little or no education to catch up on the basic skills necessary to compete in the job market. English, Swahili, math, money management, and computer skills are the initial focus for these children.
In turn, these girls grow into self-supporting, independent women who will help lift their communities out of poverty to a sustainable future.
100% of your donation goes directly to the care of the girls.