The Mariposa DR Foundation

The Mariposa DR Foundation is a U.S. 501(c)3 and Dominican not-for-profit with the mission of educating and empowering girls to create sustainable solutions to end generational poverty.
Feb 18, 2014

Mariposa Center for Girls Grand Opening Gala a Huge Success!

Mariposa girls rock the stage!
Mariposa girls rock the stage!

Dear Friends,

The Inauguration Gala for the Mariposa Center for Girls was a huge success!  Final preparations were completed, performances were learned, and the center was transformed in preparation for this amazing event. All our Mariposa girls, young and old, played a role in this special event. Some put on incredible musical, dance and circus arts performances, others trained as waitresses (which can also help them to find jobs now that the event is over!), and a group of girls our youngest girls practiced their English for the gala so they could say the blessing.

Jose-Luis Lopez, who plays Graffiti Pete from the Tony Award Winning musical In the Heights, worked six days a week for an entire month with a group of Mariposas, teaching them the choreography to perform a selection from the musical during the gala.  We are unbelievably proud to say that all 23 girls who auditioned were able to dance in the performance. Additionally, many these girls were part of our original Mariposa group that was created four years ago!  It was so special to have them take part in the event and show off how far they've come. Fourteen year old Mariposa Girl, Aritza, who has been in our program with her three sisters since the beginning, cried tears of joy and proclaimed that she would remember this special evening for the rest of her life. The best part of the whole evening was hearing the Mariposa girls shriek with excitement as they exited the stage from an amazing performance.

The stars of the evening were undeniably the Mariposas, but we had some incredible guests attend as well.  There were preformances by the Tony Award winning Lin-Manuel Miranda and the sweet music of Ensemble Meme.  Special guests included international bestselling author Julia AlvarezGirl Rising producer (and our event MC) Holly Gordon, and members of the famed Mirabal family.  

With all of these incredible happenings, we wanted to recognize that none of this would have been possible without your support over the past few years. It's hard to believe that less than two years ago, Mariposa programming was taking place in a small apartment. The Mariposa Center for Girls is officially open and we are honored to be serving more than 100 girls and their families. We look forward to keeping you updated on all of the amazing progress we have been able to make at the Center thanks to your generosity.   

With love and our deepest gratitude for your continued support,

The staff, volunteers, and children of the Mariposa DR Foundation

Holly Gordon, Executive Producer of "Girl Rising"
Holly Gordon, Executive Producer of "Girl Rising"
Aritza learning choreography
Aritza learning choreography

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Jan 24, 2014

Dressed Up and Ready to Learn!

Looking sharp!
Looking sharp!

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your generous donation to "Uniforms for the Mariposas." It is because of your help that the Mariposa DR Foundation was able to purchase and distribute uniforms for each and every one of the 100 girls that we work with!  Uniforms are a requirement for children to attend school in the Dominican Republic, even in the public schools. So while their education is marketed as free, it becomes a financial burden for the students and their families.

The average annual family income in Cabarete is about $2,000 and school uniforms can cost upwards of $50 per child!  A family with four children is therefore spending about 10% of their annual income on school uniforms.  This puts a huge financial strain on the family and makes it less likely for children to go to school when experiencing times of financial hardship.  By donating to this microproject you have ensured that all of our Mariposas will attend school this year and continue their education.

Thank you all so much for your continued support of the Mariposa DR Foundation and for your commitment to the educational success of our girls.

With love,

The staff, volunteers, and children of the Mariposa DR Foundation 

Jan 2, 2014

Attendance = success!

Mariposas on the move!
Mariposas on the move!

Dear Friends,

Because of your generous support, we were able to provide safe, daily transportation to The Mariposa Center for Girls for the entire month of September. Many girls miss out on school or extracurricular activities because their families can not afford to get them there safely. Free and safe transportation means increased attendance rates and peace of mind for the girls' families. The road is very dangerous here in our community, as motorcycles are the primary method of transport and accidents are extremely common. Many of the girls also walk, however many of them live far away and walking along the busy road can also pose a safety threat.

A basic taxi service to get the girls back and forth to The Mariposa Center for Girls is a simple fix for a barrier that often prevents girls from accessing quality education. Picking the girls up and dropping them off safely at home shows the girls and their families that we care about them. This important step helps us gain the parents' trust and encourages them to make sure that their girls don't miss out on any activities. Because we exceeded our funding goal for this project, we were able to use the additional money to provide free transportation for families to parent meetings! Keeping the families informed is a critical component to our success. When parents are included and engaged in their child's learning, they understand the importance regular attendance and make it a priority to support their girls' education.

We thank you for your contribution to providing safe transportation, you have removed a huge barrier for success and enabled girls at The Mariposa DR Foundation to feel important, confident and safe.

 With gratitude,

The Mariposas

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