Your support provides these girls the opportunity to receive an education, medical care, and vocational and life skills training in a safe, family environment.
Maasai girls are at the bottom of the social hierarchy. In childhood girls as young as 7 or 8 years old are matched with much older men, having 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. These child brides – who suffer lifetimes of health issues and trauma – become little more than breeders for their husbands.
Girls who come to the Center are alone, struggling for survival, suffering physical and emotional trauma from endemic poverty and cultural mores. Without intervention, these girls likely would die or endure scarred lives.
Our mission is to transform the lives of the
most vulnerable, at-risk Maasai girls in Tanzania
MGRC takes in the poorest, most at-risk girls – starving, abused, abandoned or forced to marry at a tender age. With the involvement of social welfare and government authorities, MGRC accepts full custody of the neediest girls.
Some have serious medical conditions such as congenital or orthopedic issues, Trachoma, and other parasitic infections. MGRC will assume the cost for any medical treatments and seek out the appropriate specialists in Tanzania.
MGRC provides food, shelter, and clothing, but we are not an orphanage. We raise the girls as we would our own children. For the first time these girls are enrolled in nearby schools.
Our philosophy: Lend a hand up, not a hand out
Maasai Girls Rescue Center works to expand opportunities for the girls– and to broaden their vision of what they can do to make a living. With counseling and guidance, we empower them to make their own choices and assume responsibility for their decisions.
Interested Maasai girls and community members can get training at the ecoVillage in a variety of occupations related to social enterprises and sustainable agriculture technologies on site – such as cooking, baking, ecofarming, hydroponics, aquaponics, skilled trades, entrepreneurial training, hospitality and tourism.
MGRC also works with local government schools, forging relationships with school officials and contributing support. We provide extra tutoring to help our girls reach their full potential.
The result, these girls grow into self-supporting, independent women who will help lift their communities out of poverty towards a sustainable future.
100% of your donation goes directly to the care of the girls.