“Sustainable development is the pathway to sustainability”
Breaking the Poverty Cycle
In order to achieve our vision of breaking the poverty cycle, we have established a model based around our care and sustainability principles:
Care – It’s all about the girls. Orphaned and abused girls need an encouraging family environment to flourish. That’s why we’re creating a series of family homes and providing holistic care to each girl to ensure they have every chance to become independent and the leaders of tomorrow.
Sustainability – Sustainability is critical to see long term change. That’s why all of our projects have a focus around social, environmental, and financial sustainability.
Sustainable projects have been in our DNA from the beginning. We have implemented sustainable projects to reduce our food costs from our beginnings 2 years ago. We have zero grazing dairy cows that provide all of our dairy needs and teach sustainable dairy farming to our girls. We have implemented other sustainable projects with goats, chickens, and garden which all reduce our food costs.
Education is a cornerstone of our work at the rescue center. Our mission is to adopt the most at-risk girls – victims of abuse, poverty and starvation – and give them a foundation for a new life.
We believe that education is a way to break this cycle of abuse and poverty. That’s why we are forming alliances with local schools and universities to provide a high quality education to disadvantaged Maasai girls.
We will provide every girl the academic resources needed to pass the National Standard tests, assistance to girls who have never attended school, life skills training, and upskilling opportunities for our staff.
We plan to hire one or two local, female social workers to evaluate all the girls, and to counsel the girls on life skills, FGM, and sex education.
MGRC ecoFarm & Live Stock
Sustainable ecoFarming and live stock (dairy cows, dairy goats, layer and broiler chickens) are instrumental in MGRC’s mission, child nutrition and development, food security and fighting poverty.
EcoFarming combines modern science and innovation with respect for nature and biodiversity. It ensures healthy farming and healthy food. It promotes diversity in crops, instead of monocultures like corn and soy, which is essential for nature. It protects the soil, the water and the climate. EcoFarming does not contaminate the environment with chemical inputs or use genetically engineered crops.
Our vision of sustainability and food security is one in which food is grown with health and safety first. We plan to build a cow barn and chicken coops, and to expand our agriculture and aquaponics projects.
'Impact tourism' & MGRC ecoLodge
The MGRC ecoLodges will be used as part of a new social enterprise operated by MGRC, that provides short stay accommodation for visiting volunteers, family stays and medium term professional placements for teachers and nurses.
The funds generated by the ecoLodges will provide an ongoing income stream for the MGRC education program, allowing the girls to attend school annually.
The proposed ecoLodges are one of a series of social enterprises to help sustain our operational costs associated with caring for 100 Maasai girls.
The ecoVillage lodges will provide local, hospitality based employment and introduce a new ‘impact tourism’ industry to the region.