Maranatha Girls Rescue School

In Kenya, Maasai girls are regularly sold into arranged marriages when they are as young as six years old. These child brides often start bearing children at an extremely early age, essentially while still children themselves. If they attempt to run away from an unwanted marriage, the girls risk being forcibly returned or disowned by their families.

Approximately six years ago Encompass became involved in supporting an organization that was building and operating a rescue center in Kenya to provide a safe refuge for girls fleeing their tribe. The school offers free room, board and, most importantly, an education to the runaways. Education is the key to setting these young girls on the path to independence, opportunities and autonomy.

The School and Rescue Center started in 2017 with 15 girls; by 2023 there were almost 300. It's still thriving and in July 2023, Encompass unveiled a new computer lab at the school, giving the students access to even greater educational resources.

Moveover, the Center has had a remarkable impact on the Maasai community. Parents started asking for their sons to attend the school, offering to pay for them to have the same access to education as the girls. Indeed, sometimes the fathers who previously had sold their daughters into marriage were now allowing them to attend school without having to run away to do so.

Encompass is deeply committed to the value of equal opportunity and a level playing field for all. We drive that philosophy through our company culture from the top, exhibit it in our hiring and promotion policies and evangelize it by supporting programs like the School and Rescue Center.

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