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Maasai Girls Rescue Center

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Nonprofit Overview

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: Rescued 18 your girls from extreme poverty who either ran away from the brutal FGM or early marriage, or their families could no longer raise them because they could not feed or care for their needs.

Target demographics: Young MAASAI Girls

Direct beneficiaries per year: 18 young girls who ran away from forced early marrage, FGM

Geographic areas served: MAASAI Girls in Longido District 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

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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!

Rick.MaasaiRescue

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

We live in a beautiful place in Tanzania. The views and wildlife fill yo with wonder every time you experience them.
MGRC serves the poorest of the poor young girls of the Longido district of Tanzania. This district is 95%Maasai and the girls are in great need of support. Many of these girls are running away from forced early marriages or female genital mutilation, FGM.
We provide healthy living quarters, quality education, full medical coverage, balanced nutritious meals and a loving environment where the girls can grow and have a real chance to meet their full God given potential.

Liz M Smith

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been a pleasure to work with Rick (the founder) and the other board members! I can tell you that this organization is very honest and well run. Rick has dedicated a ton of his time and personal resources to start this mission and does not take a salary. This organization has a massive impact directly on the lives of the Maasai community that they serve.

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

100% of all dollars donated to the Maasai Girls Rescue Center goes into the center for: medical care/education/tutoring/clothing/meals for each of it's girls. Founder (Rick Morro) is working tirelessly in order to give the girls of Maasai the best chance for a better life. By rescuing and educating these girls, they then share this knowledge with their families and their village. It has been my privilege getting to know Rick and learning of his commitment and dedication to the Maasai girls and their families. My husband and I are also sponsoring one of the MGRC girls. This sponsorship is something we are very passionate about. This sponsorship provides full medical care, clothing, meals, education costs and any additional tutoring the girls need. Girls in the MGRC stay there until they are well educated, and have learned critical life-sustaining skills.

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have known the founder, Rick Morro for many years. After decades as a successful business executive, Rick decided to leave everything behind and move to Tanzania five years ago. Using only his personal funds he established the MGRC. To this day he takes nothing for himself. Living and working with the people there he has established a center, caring for and teaching young girls, the poorest of the poor. Often times, "rescuing" these girls from forced marriages and other forms of cruelty. In donating to this Center, you can be assured that 100% of your funds will go directly to these girls and your funds will be properly and efficiently managed. Rick Morro, a man of God doing extraordinary work.

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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.