Our girls come to us alone, struggling for survival, many suffering physical and emotional trauma. We want to raise them as we would our own daughters. In a home, not a dormitory. With consistency and love from caring adults – Tanzanian house mothers, social workers and a paternal presence in their lives.
Currently more than 60 girls are staying temporarily in a hotel MGRC is leasing less than a mile away from the ecoVillage site. Tourism is on the rise and hotels in Karatu are filling up. This is great news for the local economy, but it means MGRC has to move out of the hotel. In addition, the girls need to be enrolled in their new school by November 2022 and living on the property before school starts in January 2023.
We need to construct 5 homes on the permanent site, eventually expanding to 10 homes for 120 girls. Each home will shelter 12 girls and 2 house mothers. Girls will be grouped by age so they can help each other with schoolwork and learning life skills.