MGRC ecoVillage: Our future for sustainability, development, and growth.
Two-thirds of the population in Tanzania lives in poverty on Maasailand known internationally for spectacular natural resources and game reserves.
The girls who come to the Maasai Girls Rescue Center are the most at-risk - orphans, runaways or abandoned.
*(left) Joyce Kimani Mollel when she arrived at MGRC. (right, front) Joyce today, studying with friends.
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.
In turn, these girls grow into self-supporting, independent women who will help lift their communities out of poverty to a sustainable future.
What makes our ecoVillage different
We purchased land of our own in Karatu to build our new MGRC ecoVillage that better aligns with our mission and vision, and allows us to expand of our sustainable food projects and ecoFarm.
The new ecoVillage will include living quarters for approximately 120 young girls, a pre-school, vocational training area, dining hall, volunteer living quarters, livestock barns and gardens for sustainable farming.
We are not creating orphanages, we are creating a series of family homes where vulnerable, at-risk Maasai girls are loved and raised by Tanzanian ‘house mothers’. By forming family units we are able to recreate a community environment that is focused on nurturing, encouraging, educating, and raising the girls.
*MGRC ecoVillage masterplan concept
Our phase approach:
Phase 1 - acquire land and build 3 ac. ecoFarm. (Land acquired, ecoFarm construction underway)
Phase 2 - construct ecoVillage property fencing for 12 acres, a security gate, night watchman shelter, multi-purpose hall, main kitchen, and ecoLodges.
Phase 3 - build the girls' ecoHomes (10), pre-school, vocational training center, sports field and running track, and administration buildings.