Because of you our kitchen at The Mariposa Center for Girls is officially open! With the funds you donated we were able to purchase a brand new stove, refrigerator, freezer, cabinets and shelving! We also had a student group from Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's school in Quebec, Canada bring down dishes, silverware, small appliances, serving utensils and more.
The kitchen is one of the most important spaces on our property. With programs running six days a week for more than 100 girls, we are serving more than 700 healthy meals and snacks out of our kitchen every single week! The girls have also been working extremely hard on our onsite permaculture garden and very much enjoy preparing the fresh fruits and vegetables they grew themselves.
This Spring the Mariposa girls will also open the "snack shack", selling homemade juice, sandwiches and treats made right here on site in our kitchen. This special project will allow them to start and build a business from the ground up and develop important entreprenurial skills.
We are thrilled to have our kitchen open and fully running and could have never done this without your help. We are so grateful for your ongoing support.
The girls, families, staff and volunteers at The Mariposa DR Foundation
Thank you so much for your generous donation to our project "Help Us Open Our Doors!" Because of your kindness we have been able to install secure doors in all our classrooms throughout the Mariposa Center for Girls. While this may not seem like a big deal, it has had a major impact on how we can run our programs. Because of your generousity we have installed more than 30 doors and windows on 14 classrooms and 2 offices, making our space safe and secure. Each of the rooms and offices is named after a Haitian or Dominican woman that has inspired us at The Mariposa DR Foundation in some way.
Upon first moving into the center we were unable to run a large number of programs due to the security of the space available to us. For example, it was not possible to store computers for the girls to use because the classrooms were not secure. After installing the doors throughout the center we were able to accept a donation of laptop computers that the girls can now use for homework help, resume writing, and various job skill training workshops. In fact, a large number of our oldest girls have been able to take part in these invaluable classes and many are now employed! We now have a place to store our brand new musical instruments, sewing machines, art and gardening supplies and much more! Without the addition of classroom doors to our center these accomplishments would not have been possible.
Thank you again for your support of the Mariposa DR Foundation and for your commitment to the advancement of our girls!
The staff, volunteers, and children of the Mariposa DR Foundation
Thank you so much for your generous donation to "Health Care for the Mariposas!" We are thrilled to announce that our infirmary is open! We now have our very own space at The Mariposa Center for Girls to provide first aid, hold private counseling sessions, host volunteers for annual well visits, eye exams and dental checkups and more! Our infirmary also serves as a information center where the girls and their families can access basic medical supplies, obtain valuable information and connect with other available resources in our community.
Our new infirmary also serves as a nurses office where girls can go to get immediate basic care. With 100 girls running, swimming, playing sports and being active, we needed a dedicated space to deal with cuts, bruises, scrapes and students that just may be feeling under the weather!
In the past we had no where to store supplies or perform basic first aid and our annual clinics were held in an extremely cramped space and we were not able to accomodate everyone. This year, because of you, we have a beautiful space that will serve more than 100 girls and their families. We can now have onsite regular checkups, preventative care and access to health information and resources help us to ensure that our girls are happy, healthy and able to stay in school.
Alexandra Milian Martinez is a clinical psychologist who oversees all of the health work that we do with girls and their families. Alexandra is a full time staff member who joined us three years ago from CEPROSH, a free HIV/AIDS clinic located in Puerto Plata, where she also runs the children’s program. Alexandra is thrilled to finally have a dedicated work space at The Mariposa Center for Girls. "When you are poor, you don't go to the doctor unless something is very wrong. Having this infirmary at Mariposa means that the girls and their families can come in and ask questions, get information and learn to protect and take care of themselves. It is extremely important in our community where there are not a lot of places to go, especially where they can feel comfortable and it is completely free!", says Alexandra.
On behalf of Alexandra, the girls, and all of the staff and volunteers at The Mariposa DR Foundation, thank you for contributing to this important project and your commitment to keeping our Mariposa girls happy and healthy!