Maasai girls face severe challenges to stay in school and build a better life. They must overcome risks like malnutrition, disease (malaria, HIV/AIDS), heavy work load, animal attacks, molestation, the sex trade, prostitution, forced FGM and early-marriage. Less than 25% of girls in the area are able to attend secondary school, and pregnancies among 6th-8th grade girls are very common.
At MGRC, 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.
We provide classes for girls who are pregnant to help them keep up with the school curriculum and be able to graduate with the other girls in her age group. Business training is provided at MGRC to help the girls become self-sustaining, to develop the skills to build a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.
The MGRC sponsorship program offers supporters the opportunity to sponsor an individual girl or multiple girls. When you sponsor a girl, you’re not only helping her grow and learn but are providing financial support for basic living expenses, medical care, clothing and education.
When you choose to sponsor, you will make a positive difference in a girl’s life. You will receive photos and information about your child, the opportunity to write letters back and forth, annual updates and ongoing communications highlighting the impact of your sponsorship and in the community. You will receive a personalized online account where updated photos, videos and information about your child will be shared to keep you engaged.
As you watch your ongoing support work to transform the life of your child, you’ll continue to get updates on how your sponsorship is making an incredible difference. Your sponsored girl will receive a brighter future, thanks to you!
The power of sponsorship drives change that ripples throughout the girls’ lives, their families and communities.
Get Involved. Are you a positive, adventurous individual who likes a challenge? Are you drawn to service-oriented work, with an opportunity to make an impact in a remote and underprivileged part of the world? Can you work closely with people of different ages, nationalities and backgrounds? Then volunteering at MGRC could be for you!
Volunteering at the MGRC ecoVillage in Karatu, Tanzania is a wonderful experience for both our volunteers and girls. Volunteers are crucial to our day-to-day operations as well as achieving our strategic goals. Volunteering involves hard work, going without many of the comforts and luxuries to which you might be accustomed, and throwing yourself into tasks and projects that may be new to you.
If you choose to volunteer at MGRC, then you are someone who loves children, thrives in group settings, likes to take initiative, and doesn’t mind getting dirty. We can have 2-4 volunteers at a time. Volunteers are assigned to various jobs based on their skills and interests, and our needs, and are expected to pitch in whenever the occasion warrants. Volunteers are adaptable and flexible, taking on new and challenging tasks, at times learning alongside the girls they are working with.
At the MGRC ecoVillage, our days begin early and do not end until our last child has been put to bed. On any given day the tasks you will be asked to perform will vary widely. You may be called upon to lend a hand on our farm, conduct a cooking or sewing class, teach a girl how to ride a bike, or help tutor or mentor a child.
My husband and I went on a 12 day safari in Tanzania at the end of October/beginning of November. While there we drove through Maasai lands and learned about the Maasai culture. This experience compelled me to come home and look for a way to help Maasai females. I found your website. The direct care and education you provide for the girls is exactly the type of help I want to support. Thank you so much for your work.
L.S. in California ( Donor )
We first learned of MGRC from my friend, Joyce. We were really moved by the story of Rick’s efforts. We started by sponsoring a girl last year, and are now going to sponsor an additional girl this year. Rick, we are in awe of all you have done and all of the girls lives you are changing for the better!
Angie & Rob Dutkiewicz ( Sponsor )
Joyce and I are the proud sponsors of multiple girls. Rick is truly making a difference in these girls lives that would otherwise suffer or die. When considering all the costs of responsibly raising a girl with an education, Rick has done an outstanding job with very little resources. I have known Rick for years and trust that 100 percent of the money I donate will be put towards raising these girls.
B. Hammond ( Sponsor )
These girls are so very blessed to have Maasai Girls Rescue Center as their home.