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 7, 2017

Empowerment Takes Center Stage!

Rosa Emilia shares her story with poise and pride
Rosa Emilia shares her story with poise and pride

Dear Friends,

We had a very exciting winter full of empowering and inspiring projects for the Mariposa girls! In December, the Mariposa DR Foundation was honored to receive special guests Elizabeth Acevedo and Laura Peña, two artists with Dominican-American backgrounds. These vibrant women served as incredible role models for our girls and shared their crafts through dynamic workshops and mentoring.

Liz, an acclaimed spoken-word poet and inspirational speaker, has garnered much success for her work in the areas of identity and reclamation of word and story. As a descendent of the Dominican diaspora, through her writing she has worked to preserve her heritage and roots, while affirming her own unique space in the world. Similarly, the Mariposa girls are carving out room for their identity as an unprecedented generation of educated, empowered Dominican and Haitian girls interrupting the cycle of poverty. Liz helped the girls to transform their personal histories into powerful pieces of spoken-word poetry. At our year-end presentation in December, the high school aged girls were able to present their new written works with pride, affirmation, and strength!

We were also very excited to host Laura, a motion art designer and founder of a NYC-based design lab which is focused on storytelling through motion graphics, design, and technology. The oldest Mariposa girls learned and applied this cutting-edge art technology in their various workshops with Laura. With her help, the girls created imagery, wrote dialogue, and recorded videos of themselves to produce a short film. Their final product complemented the oldest girls’ activism campaign #nosoytumamcita in their affirmation of identity and empowerment. Katiana, aged 15, said, “The experience making the video was so cool and educational. I loved it because I was able to learn more about animation. With my photos and expressions, I got to show my strength and independence.” We are so excited to unveil this creative video, made by girls, for girls!

Seeing the girls embody their work so passionately on the stage and on the screen in December was incredible. The video produced with Laura will help share the Mariposa story for years to come, and empowering the Mariposa girls to know the value of their own stories and voices is priceless! Thanks to your generous support, empowerment takes center stage in our work!

With gratitude,

The girls, families, staff and volunteers at The Mariposa DR Foundation

Liz Acevedo performs her spoken word poem "Hair"
Liz Acevedo performs her spoken word poem "Hair"
Jafreisy & Laura Pena hug after inspirational week
Jafreisy & Laura Pena hug after inspirational week
Laura & Liz support the #nosoytumamacita campaign
Laura & Liz support the #nosoytumamacita campaign
Sory
Sory's personality shined through in the spotlight

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Feb 2, 2017

Talented Girls Can Change the World!

Singing and dancing to the alphabet!
Singing and dancing to the alphabet!

Dear Friends,

This December, all of the Mariposa girls had the opportunity to showcase their numerous and varied talents at our end-of-year celebration. Each age group chose a different activity to show off all that they had learned throughout the semester. The show had a great turnout with many members of the community, including the girls’ families and friends, in attendance. It was an exciting day at the Mariposa Center for Girls!

The show began by awarding the “Miss Values” ribbons to the girls that exemplified December’s values of activism and fighting for your rights. Nominated by their peers and teachers, Mariposa girls from each age group proudly accepted their awards.

The 7 and 8-year-old Mariposa girls had been working very hard on basic literacy skills since September, when they did not know how to recognize any letters. They stunned the audience by singing and dancing to the whole alphabet! When asked about what she learned after participating in her group’s first Mariposa event, Dahiana, age 7, shared, “To be in the show, you have to always work together and practice a lot! We did a good job to show everyone that they would love to be part of this beautiful group.”

Event attendees were also able to enjoy several dance recitals, and seeing the multi-talented Mariposas put on an energetic and dynamic dance recital is always a crowd favorite. This was followed by a comical adaptation of Julia Alvarez’s Tia Lola stories, which the 12 and 13-year-olds have been reading all semester long. Our girls did a magnificent job playing the spunky characters of Tia Lola, the kooky Dominican aunt, and her American nieces and nephews, whom she comes to visit in the United States. The audience couldn’t stop laughing at this show!

We also enjoyed excellent presentations from our science classes, who have been studying the local waterways and ecosystems. Groups from the middle school aged Mariposas presented on aquatic species found locally with their detailed posters. Others acted out skits to help raise consciousness about the negative effects of trash pollution. The Mariposas are hopeful that through their educational campaigns at Mariposa and in local schools, their fellow Cabarete citizens will take action to preserve the environment!

Lastly, the oldest Mariposa girls shared spoken word poems that they had created in workshops with Dominican-American poet Liz Acevedo. They highlighted themes of personal identity, culture, and empowerment. None of this would have been possible without you generous support of the Mariposa Center for Girls. Thank you!

With gratitude,

The girls, families, staff and volunteers at The Mariposa DR Foundation

Environmental activists promote clean waterways!
Environmental activists promote clean waterways!
Viviana, 15, proudly displays her new title
Viviana, 15, proudly displays her new title
Showing off their dance moves!
Showing off their dance moves!
Tia Lola has arrived! Played by Alexandra, age 13
Tia Lola has arrived! Played by Alexandra, age 13
Erika, 15, shares her spoken word piece
Erika, 15, shares her spoken word piece

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Nov 16, 2016

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

We need your help to spread the word!
We need your help to spread the word!

Dear Friends,

We have some exciting news, and we need your help!

For the past several months, Mariposa staff, volunteers, and girls have been working to create our own social media campaign for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. We had the chance to collaborate with girls’ rights activist and Girl Rising producer, Holly Gordon, and Talía Tavárez, granddaughter of heroine Minerva Mirabal.

The 16 Days of Activism Campaign begins on Friday, November 25th. This day is the anniversary of the assassination of the Dominican national heroines, the Mirabal sisters, and has been declared the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women. The Mirabal sisters, also known as the Mariposas, risked and lost their lives to fight for freedom. Their murders, ordered by dictator Trujillo, symbolize the violence women experience worldwide, but the proximity of their death inspires the Mariposa girls as leaders in the movement against gender-based violence.

Mariposa girls, staff, volunteers, friends, and community supporters will be participating in the campaign. We are working hard to spread the word and make it go viral, and we need your help!

We have created the hashtag #nosoytumamacita (I am not your mamacita) as a way of speaking back against the violence that is invoked upon women and girls daily. This hashtag addresses one of the most prevalent forms of gender-based violence: the street harassment that women around the world face every day. However our campaign will address other forms of violence and culminates on December 10th, International Human Rights Day.

We are encouraging girls and women around the world to post photos of themselves affirming their identities.  For example, a woman could create a sign that says “I am a doctor and save lives. #nosoytumamacita”. Men are welcome to join in on the campaign too, and can post affirming messages such as “I don’t support violence against women #nosoytumamacita” or “She is more than a statistic #nosoytumamacita.”

Below, you will find a pre-made poster that you can print and fill out. Take a picture with your sign and make it your profile picture! Get your friends, family, classmates, co-workers, etc. to join in as well! On Tuesday, November 29th, Giving Tuesday, let everyone know there will be matching opportunities on Global Giving to support our programs!

Everyone has the right to live a life free of violence. Take a few minutes to lend your voice to the fight against gender-based violence worldwide. We look forward to seeing your posts on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. Thank you, as always, for your support!

Sincerely,

The girls, staff, & volunteers at the Mariposa DR Foundation

Holly Gordon gave social media campaign workshop
Holly Gordon gave social media campaign workshop
Local school director Miguelina: "I am a teacher"
Local school director Miguelina: "I am a teacher"
Download this poster to participate!
Download this poster to participate!

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