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Maasai Girls Rescue Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Girls Clubs, Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter

Mission: Our work offers Maasai girls and the Maasai village a path to break a debilitating cycle of child-mortality, extreme poverty, FGM, and abuses of child-marriage. Your support creates opportunity for us to provide a safe and nurturing environment for these girls to receive education, medical care, and the life skills that radically alter the course of their lives and the future culture of their tribe.

Results: MGRC has adopted over 50 girls who either ran away from brutal FGM or early marriage, or their families could no longer raise them because they could not feed or care for their needs. Several of them never attended school, and a few only spoke Maasai. Our first task was to teach them Swahili, so we could enroll them in primary school. 75% of our girls are now in the top 25% of their class in school! We also have 14 Tanzanian employees, plus the founder (volunteer) caring for the girls in Tanzania, along with 6 full time volunteers in the USA.

Target demographics: Maasai girls and the surrounding community

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 50 Maasai girls

Geographic areas served: Karatu District of Tanzania

Programs: (1) a safe haven for girls who are being forced into early marriage or are running away from forced FGM; (2) mentoring in assertiveness, life skills, and study habits; (3) family counseling to get parents on board with their girls' education; (4) a study hall that includes tutoring and study resources; (5) after school classes for girls who are behind in their education due to the lack of schooling prior to being rescued; (6) business and technical training so girls can become self-sustaining, even if they don't excel in academics.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Arrigo B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I personally know the individual behind this great venture, Rich Morro. Since I had the pleasure to work with him in corporate environments, I had the chance to observe his dedication to the goals of the organization, his go-get attitude and his honesty and work ethics. I can just think that he is applying now those traits to MGRC with the same intensity he showed in the past.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the non-profit Maasai Girls Rescue Center and the amazing work they are doing. Their goal towards working toward self-sufficiency with an EcoVillage is such an amazing idea and more impressive is they are making it a reality not just a paper concept.

I have been impressed by the work that is done to teach the girls life skills, as well as “book learning”. These girls will have the skills to raise themselves out of poverty. I’m worked with different organizations and so happy to be a part of this one and see how they are trying to solve a difficult problem with a unique and creative solutions.

I particularly like that all the money donated goes directly to the care of the girls

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended an information session on MGRC and was inspired by the work that Rick and others are doing to help the girls in Tanzania. As a young college student, I was saddened by the poverty in Tanzania. It was even more shocking to learn about these girls that are in need of being rescued from terrible situations. I think that the way MGRC is work toward self-sufficiency with the EcoFarm and doing it in ways that are ecologically sustainable is fantastic. For the girls to learn such practical skills on the EcoFarm is great. I would love to someday be able to visit and volunteer to help at MGRC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Maasai Girls Rescue Center is a non-profit that is making a difference in the lives of these girls that need to be rescued out of terrible living situations. Rick has a big heart and is an inspiring role model to these girls and to all of us. We can all make a difference in the lives of these girls by supporting MGRC. Sponsor one of the girls and be a part of their life as the grow up, donate your valuable time & talents by volunteering in the US or in Tanzania, donate funds to help continue the great work that MGRC is doing.

Board Member

Rating: 5

MGRC is an organization with so much heart - their love for the Maasai girls, their families and the community is inspiring. This is an organization that understands the importance of guiding and developing these girls to become confident, independent women - who can take care of themselves to live a better life. MGRC does not want to give free hand outs, but they want to provide helping hands to give a hand up - helping the girls to learn how to lift themselves out of poverty. By teaching them skills (reading, writing, math, cooking, cleaning, gardening, farming, etc) they will grow up and have the ability to take care of themselves. They will be able to also help their families and their community. MGRC has the long term goal to help the Maasai community to develop the skills needed to become self sufficient - to lift themselves out of poverty. I am very humbled and proud to sponsor a young girl and to volunteer and work with this amazing organization that is making a difference in the lives of so many.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MGRC is dedicated to helping the poorest of the poor, abused, and young girls who are running away from forced marriage. We are dedicated to guiding each girl as our own daughter preparing them to be able to sustain themselves and provide a healthy environment for their family and especially their children. .

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been living with the Maasai people in the northern part of Tanzania for almost 7 years now. The Maasai are great neighbors but are struggling to adapt to the life changing realities of State hood and land ownership. This has led to extreme poverty and hardships, especially for the children.
I started the Maasai Girls Rescue Center to nurture and help educate and the poorest of the girls in hopes the we can lift them up out of poverty with the Grace of God. We believe every child has a right to a healthy loving childhood and an opportunity to develop into the person God made them to be.

God Bless
Rick

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2 Joyce H.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

After learning about this wonderful charity and its mission, I was honored to be invited to join the Maasai Girls Rescue Center USA Board, as Treasurer, in 2019. This charity was founded and is run today by Rick Morro. After a mission trip spoke to Rick, he gave up his life possessions and moved to Tanzania about 9 years ago. His mission of rescuing at-risk Maasai girls is beyond amazing. Girls at the center have a safe place to live (for the first time ever) in a family style environment. They are fed, clothed and educated (including necessary tutoring). They are taught life skills including zero grazing, gardening and empowerment. This charity is unique because every penny donated goes directly to the care of the girls. This charity is also unique because it has a focus on being fully sustainable. Currently MGRC is developing a new ecoVillage. With this ecoVillage, the girls will be learning aquaponic gardening, managing and maintaining a biofuel system, and how to care for various livestock. Neither Rick, nor any of the US Board Members receive any compensation. Angel donors are picking up all admin costs. I am proud to know Rick Morro, and to be associated with the Maasai Girls Rescue Center. My husband and I sponsor several girls, and also provide marketing services for MGRC. I look forward to being involved for years to come. I highly recommend this charity!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My husband and I recently visited this Maasai Girls Rescue Center in Longido, Tanzania. We are very impressed with the center and also with the founder Rick Morro. MGRC now has 40 girls at the center. The girls all are receiving healthcare and nutritional meals, clothing, including shoes and school outfits. They share a room with one or two girls, and have clean mattresses and bedding. After school these girls have additional tutoring, which many of them need as they are just starting their schooling. This charity has an important and critical mission, and is doing amazing work. I should mention that these rescued girls are all so sweet, fun-loving, respectful, well behaved and are very eager to get an education.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It is an honor to work with this organization that is totally dedicated to bettering the lives and world of the Maasai girls. While the mission remains on point, this last year they have made amazing progress in implementing long term improvements that will not only improve the girls health, but will also teach them important life skills that will help them escape the cycle of poverty.
In addition to Rick's total dedication to MGRC, he has recruited strong local and dedicated talent to move the local organization forward. These girls are in great hands with a team behind them that truly cares for their well being and growth. With this support for growth, these girls will become confident young ladies who will become leaders wherever they choose to spend their life after MGRC.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I run a Charitable Foundation and have been exposed to dozens and dozens of charitable organizations over the last 40 years. All of them have good intentions and do good work. But some are much more impactful than others and some are much more efficient than others. It is rare to run across a group that does both extremely well. First, MGRC takes in the most vulnerable people in the world - girls growing up in extreme poverty in Sub-Sahara Africa. They are often little more than property in their societies. These girls are ignored even by other charities, as their condition is so hopeless. MGRC houses them, feeds them, pays for the medical care they usually need, educates them and loves them. The goal is to raise them to be educated and independent young women, who can confidently contribute to their tribe and wider communities. Second, MGRC does all this using a very light business model - the founder does not take a salary, and most or all of the overhead is donated or paid for by others; all of the money that is donated by a girl's sponsor goes to her care.
Two years ago, my wife and I joined a guided group and hiked to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. It was the trip of a lifetime. But even more impactful was a 3 day visit to the MGRC facility where we met the girls and their caretakers, and enjoyed learning about their lives and answering their questions about ours. What a difference! We felt we made deep connections with these happy, hopeful girls and that by donating a very small amount of the total cost of our trip, we know we are making an impact that will spread and last a long time.

Board Member

Rating: 5

MGRC does remarkable work for very poor, at-risk girls in Tanzania. I have been involved with the organization since its inception. Rick Morro, the founder, lives on-site, receives no compensation and oversees a growing efficient organization dedicated totally to these girls. I can guarantee that your donations to MGRC will be carefully used only for the benefit of these girls.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very familiar with this organization. The founder who runs the MGRC lives full time in Tanzania and manages all phases of the operation. He takes no money for himself. All funds go directly to care for these girls. The organization is expanding but unfortunately has to turn away girls for lack of space and resources. It is critical that more funds are received so that the needed expansion can occur. Donors can be assured that their funds will be put to good use and properly managed.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I found MGRC while searching the internet for a Christian organization that was ministering to Maasai girls. I was concerned about FGM and the vulnerability of young girls in the Maasai culture. The more I learn about this organization, the more impressed I am. I think what they have accomplished in such a short amount of time is incredible. The plans for the ecoFarm make me so excited and hopeful for the futures of many more girls.

This organization really cares about the girls and they are working tirelessly to create a better future for them. I like that they aren't just addressing the basic needs of food and shelter, they are preparing them for life. I am really proud to be a part of their mission.

2 Liz M Smith

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm proud to have been working with this organization for years now. Everyone involved is involved for the right reasons, they are dedicated and genuinely care about the girls.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization to work with! It's been great to see the results of the fantastic work being done.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I believe people want to make contributions to charities that provide 'line of site' from the contribution to tangible results. Hard to find an organization any more 'line of site' than this one. Outstanding work so far....and a bright future for these girls!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've learned about the Maasai Girls Rescue Center several months ago. Because I am careful with what organizations I'll donate to, I've spent some time volunteering and learning about the center, the founder, and their mission. I am very impressed with the transparency provided on their website and their dedication to helping these girls. It is wonderful to see that all donations go directly toward the costs of caring for the girls and to see them receiving such good care. I look forward to sponsoring a girl and am anxious to watch her learn and grow, knowing that my sponsorship will go directly toward medical care, clothing, meals, educational costs, and her other direct needs instead of going toward administrative fees (like so many other nonprofits).

So glad to have found such a worthy organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is always a treat to see videos of these precious girls singing and celebrating birthdays! Our FaceTime moments with our girls Is always a joy! Rick wants to keep us all connected and getting to know each other! We love the work Rick Morro is doing and encourage all to help these beautiful girls to become educated and successful women in Tanzania and beyond!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our sewing group made dresses for the girls at Maasai Girls Rescue Center (MGRC). Rick Morro (the founder) took the dresses, paid to have them shipped to Tanzania, and sent us pictures of the girls wearing the dresses our group made! This is a real group with real girls, not some made up stories. We could see the different photos of our dresses being worn by the girls.

MGRC takes NO overheard or administrative cuts (“angel donors” pay for overhead and admin.) A real ministry with real results. They welcome visitors, too!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Since my wife and I went with Rick on his first mission trip to Tanzania hopefully we
can add value to anyone considering assisting Rick. I have known Rick for over 10 years and have walked through the process of him selling everything and just moving to Tanzania to
help. It is tricky operating there but Rick has figured it out. The Maasai Girls Rescue Mission has great potential. My wife and I sponsor children and are excited to support him for the long run. Since he does not pay himself his motives are pure. He is living a life of significance .

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Donor

Rating: 5

Rick Morro, founder, brings Africa to us in pictures and in stories. He is relentless in seeking help for these girls and their families. This is a worthwhile endeavor which could use (financial) help from those of us who have a heart for those less blest environmentally.