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.
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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Nov 14, 2016

Cycling to Success!

The Mariposa cycling team! What an amazing summer.
The Mariposa cycling team! What an amazing summer.

Dear Friends,

The inaugural cycling program at the Mariposa Center for Girls was a great success this year! The project was an opportunity for growth, empowerment, and leadership for the Mariposa girls. Though we met a few challenges, it was a rich experience for the girls, staff, and volunteers, which we hope to continue for years to come.

After receiving the generous donation of 60 bicycles in February, we built a storage center for the bikes with the help of student group volunteers from Lawrence Academy and Education First. Right away, we began planning for our cycling and bike mechanics program, which we kicked off this June. Through this program, the Mariposa girls learned to repair a bicycle themselves, as well as safely ride and explore their town as a cyclist.

During June and July, Mariposa girls ages 12-15 had cycling class four days a week. In this time, we saw many girls face their fears of learning to ride. Even after falling, they were determined to keep going. Some also found it challenging to engage in so much physical activity, but after the first week, they started feeling much stronger and certain of themselves during their biking sessions. The rewards of exploring and the excitement of feeling free were worth all the hard work!

Starting at the beginning of October, we entered the rainy season. Because the bike paths will be too wet to utilize for the coming months, we will take a break from the program until the dryer months.

We also found that as a small organization with a limited staff, we will need more support in the form of personnel to continue this program. We hope to secure funds for more cycling guides in the future so that the program is sustainable.

Our cyclists our anxious to be out on the road again with the breeze in their hair! We’ll be working hard on our end to secure more support for this program so that we can continue again with same enthusiasm next summer!

Thank you all for your support, every step of the way. Without your support, this successful summer session would not have been possible! To continue to support Mariposa programs, please donate here: globalgiving.org/projects/unleash-the-leader-in-a-girl/

With gratitude,

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

Lorena enjoying a cool breeze & beautiful scenery
Lorena enjoying a cool breeze & beautiful scenery
These cyclists are rocking their helmets & shades!
These cyclists are rocking their helmets & shades!
Katiana poses with photographer Amy Martin.
Katiana poses with photographer Amy Martin.

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Nov 10, 2016

Sails, Sewing, & Success!

Ana Iris sewing an Upcycled bag.
Ana Iris sewing an Upcycled bag.

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to share the successes of our Upcycled Sails Project with you! This project takes used racing sails destined for the dump and gives them new life by upcycling them into fashionable bags and accessories. In order to create the bags, we are teaching Mariposa girls and mothers sewing skills that will provide them with a sustainable source of income and allow them to lift their families out of poverty. We pay the seamstresses to make the bags, sell the bags, and reinvest the profit into Mariposa’s environmental education programs.

To date we have trained two Mariposa graduates, Ana Iris and Rose Lourdes, to make the bags, and will soon be training three Mariposa mothers. These girls, along with the lead seamstress Mama Mason, have created several different bag sizes and began production. We have a huge shipping container full of sail material, which will allow them to make many, many bags. Even the scraps will be used, for stuffing pillows, so nothing will go to waste. Soon the bags will be available to purchase in Cabarete and online!

This entire program is based in the sewing room at the Mariposa Center for Girls that your donations helped to outfit with the machines and other equipment needed to make this project possible. Ana Iris says “For me the sewing project is extremely important because through this project I have learned to sew….and I earn money that allows me to do many things.” Rose Lourdes had this to say about the Upcycled Sails project:  “Sewing is my passion, and through this project I learn something new every day.”

Your continued support makes it possible to provide job skills training programs at the Mariposa Center for Girls. These programs in turn make it possible for girls and women to lift their families out of the cycle of generational poverty. Thank you for helping to educate the world’s most powerful force for change!

With gratitude,

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

An Upcycled Sails pencil bag.
An Upcycled Sails pencil bag.
Women of the Upcycled team.
Women of the Upcycled team.
The container of racing sail material.
The container of racing sail material.
More Upcycled bag samples.
More Upcycled bag samples.

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