Rick, MGRC founder, has mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and even fathers that ask him – almost daily – to take their girls in at the Center. Longido district is a very harsh and poor district. Families recognize that the girls at MGRC are healthy and are getting a quality education. Our issue is we cannot afford to take them all. We do take severe cases and pray for a donor to come and support them. We only take the poorest girls who are starving, abused, or being forced to marry before they get their education.
The Maasai girls come from a difficult and harsh environment, they would frequently get the last bite to eat in the family, meaning they would only eat three times a week. Some of the girls arrive here with serious congenital and orthopedic issues, such as club feet. We are fortunate to find treatment for these issues at Plaster House, another NGO in Arusha. Many of the girls often have parasite infestations and/or infections in their feet from walking barefoot for long distances. If they’re thirsty, they drink from dirty puddles – the same puddles that animals defecate and urinate in.
The rescued girls are adjusting to many things at MGRC including: recovering from life threatening health issues, learning proper hygiene, eating daily balanced meals, socializing with their peers, and beginning their mentoring, tutoring, and education paths. Learn more about sponsoring a girl.